May 28th 2012
ERF Medien Switzerland - New President
Werner Messmer hands over the committee of the ERF Medien Board to the new President, Markus Schaaf. For 28 years, Werner Messmer had committed himself to the Christian media organization ERF Medien Switzerland, including 20 years as President.
Werner Messmer characterized the structure and expansion of ERF Medien for the last 28 years. In 1982, he joined the association and since 1990 served as President. In this time the small media-team grew from 10 employees and a budget of 1 million Swiss Francs to today 42 staff and a budget of 6 million Swiss Francs.As President of the strategic management committee, he was significantly involved in the construction of new premises, a move, the start of the TV-program FENSTER ZUM SONNTAG-Talk in 1995 or the start with a daily radio program on Radio Eviva in 1997 as well as in receiving a program license from the Swiss government on December 10, 2004 for the first Christian radio channel “Life Channel“ in Switzerland, on air on October 1, 2005.
Werner Messmer was an example how to live the Christian faith in the public for the staff of ERF Medien.
ERF Medien are happy that the association elected Markus Schaaf as the new President and successor of Werner Messmer as of July 8, 2010 at their general assembly. Markus Schaaf is 43 years old, married to Rose and has 3 children. With his theological background, he is CEO of a major nursing and old people’s home and conference hotel with 120 employees.
Both, the former as well as the present President are members of the Swiss parliament.
CEO ERF Medien (Switzerland)