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Walter von Känel, Swiss citizen, with a commercial training, has been member of the Extended Group Management Board since 1991, with responsibility for Longines. He entered Longines in 1969 and became its President in 1988. Before joining Swatch Group Mr von Känel worked for a watch-dial factory and with the Federal Customs Administration. He is a town councilor of Saint-Imier, member of the Bernese delegation to the Inter-Jurassic Assembly and of the «Conseil du Jura Bernois».
The many years that Walter von Känel served in the Swiss Army as an officer in the militia have enabled this former Colonel commanding an Infantry Regiment to acquire ground expertise in the fields of human resources management and general organization.
“The deployment of improvised explosive devices by the militants requires an entire logistical organisation in order to deal with this new type of warfare.
The DIGGER demining machines contribute to humanitarian mine clearance, and help to reduce the sorrow caused by antipersonnal mines, in particular those mutilating the children. Thank you, DIGGER!”