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Andre Kudelski

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Kudelski Group

Lausanne, 1036, Switzerland

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Andre Kudelski - Professional Summary:    


Digital television security expert Mr. Andre Kudelski has served as Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Kudelski Group since 1991. Through this corporation, Andre Kudelski provides the digital television, physical access control and digital recording needs of millions worldwide. The Kudelski Group possesses several distinct divisions to meet the needs of its clients, including an intellectual property rights consulting firm and Nagravision, a premier supplier of integrated security systems for television content providers and operators. Andre Kudelski began working with Nagravision in 1984 as a Pay TV Product Manager, later becoming Director then Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1989. Subsequently in 1992, Andre Kudelski assumed executive responsibilities at Nagra Plus, a company operated by the Kudelski Group in cooperation with Canal+. Nagra Plus offers security for analog pay television operators. Among his most recent ventures, OpenTV Corp. provides middleware solutions that enable state-of-the-art television experiences, such as interactive television and addressable advertising. At present, Andre Kudelski acts as Chairman of OpenTV.


Born and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland, Andre Kudelski graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne with a degree in physical engineering before working as a Research & Development Engineer with his father’s company. After traveling to the United States and briefly working at a Silicon Valley firm, Andre Kudelski returned to the family business in his role at Nagravision. In 1991, he took control of Kudelski SA, establishing the Kudelski Group. Over the past two decades, Andre Kudelski has garnered significant recognition for his achievements, including a feature in Forbes magazine, an Emmy, and acknowledgement at a prior World Economic Forum. Last year, the World Economic Forum invited Andre Kudelski to take part in a panel on cybersecurity featuring executives from McAfee, Mozilla, Microsoft, and other prominent companies.




Andre Kudelski - Professional Experience:    


1/1/1987 – Present

Kudelski Group

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Lausanne, Romandy, Switzerland 1036

Founded 1951


Andre Kudelski, a name synonymous with leadership, television, digital communications and particularly the Nagra Audio Recorder has served as the Director of the Kudelski Group since January 2007 and the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since March of 2007. The innovative Engineer, Andre Kudelski was appointed to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kudelski SA ('Kudelski') in 1991, a member of Kudelski's Board of Directors since 1987 and its Chairman of the Board since 1991. In addition to his stellar leadership of the Kudelski Group, Andre Kudelski currently serves as a Director of the Edipresse Group (an international media and communications company), Nestle (a global food and beverage company), HSBC Private Banking Holdings (a global bank) and Dassault Systemes (a provider of product lifecycle management software solutions).


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Andre Kudelski - Education:     

9/1/1980 – 6/1/1984

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Physical Engineering



Lausanne, Switzerland


Andre Kudelski earned his Masters of Physical Engineering in 1984 from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The University is pursuing an ambitious strategy to offer the ideal conditions for undertaking fundamental research on the frontiers of traditional scientific disciplines. Multi-disciplinary research projects are encouraged either by creating new research institutes or by participating in National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) and in international research programs. For instance, EPFL hosts the headquarters of the NCCRs in : Mobile Information and Communication Systems, Quantum Photonics, Chemical Biology, Robotics and the Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases.


This innovative spirit coupled with the excellent infrastructure available has attracted leading scientists from around the world to EPFL, and resulted in a spectacular growth of its scientific output: the number of scientific publications was multiplied by 3 during the past 10 years. At the same time, the growth in external financing demonstrates the institutional capacity of EPFL to attract projects on a competitive basis. It’s no accident that between 2007 and 2010 EPFL was awarded the highest number (24 !) of competitive funds from the European Research Council. Andre Kudelski is one of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne’s most renowned Alumnus, taking innovation to depths never before seen in the areas of audio, digital, security and public access programming.


Andre Kudelski on Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne



Andre Kudelski - Interests:   


Technology, Media, Education, Environmental Conservation & Sustainability




Subsidiaries and Principal Business Affiliations:


Nagravision SA,

Chief Executive Officer


Nagra plus SA,

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



• SkiData AG

Member of the Supervisory Board


• Open TV Corp,

Executive Chairman


• NagraStar LLC,



• Dassault Systemes SA (France),

Board Member, Member of the Audit

Committee and of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee


• Edipresse SA (Switzerland),

Board member, Chairman of the Audit Committee


• HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA (Switzerland),

Board Member


• Nestle SA (Switzerland),

Board member, Member of the Audit Committee


• Comite d economiesuisse (Switzerland),



• Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland),








Digital Security

Recorded Media

Executive Management

Sustainable Development

Product Life Cycle Management






1996 Emmy Award

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences:


In recognition of his groundbreaking work with Nagravision, including Advanced Scrambling Systems and Conditional Access Security Technology and it’s application and implementation.



Andre Kudelski on Emmy Online



1995 named as “Global Leader for Tomorrow.”

The World Economic Forum



The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment. Beside meetings, the WEF produces a series of research reports and engages its members in sector specific initiatives. WEF also organizes the "Annual Meeting of the New Champions" in China and a series of regional meetings throughout the year. In 2008 those regional meetings included meetings on Europe and Central Asia, East Asia, the Russia CEO Roundtable, Africa, the Middle East, and the World Economic Forum on Latin America. In 2008 it launched the "Summit on the Global Agenda" in Dubai.



Andre Kudelski on The World Economic Forum at Davos Switzerland 2010

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