Corina Casanova

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Corina Casanova
Corina Casanova 2011.jpg
15th Chancellor of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2008 – 31 December 2015
President Pascal Couchepin
Hans-Rudolf Merz
Doris Leuthard
Micheline Calmy-Rey
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Ueli Maurer
Didier Burkhalter
Simonetta Sommaruga
Deputy André Simonazzi
Thomas Helbling
Preceded by Annemarie Huber-Hotz
Succeeded by Walter Thurnherr
Personal details
Born (1956-01-04) 4 January 1956 (age 61)
Ilanz, Switzerland
Political party Christian Democratic People's
Alma mater University of Fribourg

Corina Casanova (born 4 January 1956) was the Federal Chancellor of Switzerland between 2008 and 2015.

Born in Ilanz, Graubünden, Casanova worked as a lawyer in the practice of the former President of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, Giusep Nay, as well as a Red Cross delegate in South Africa, Angola, Nicaragua and El Salvador. She was also a federal parliamentary official and advisor to Federal Councillors Flavio Cotti and Joseph Deiss, both of the Christian Democratic People's Party.

In August 2005, she was elected to the office of Vice-Chancellor by the Swiss Federal Assembly. In December 2007, that assembly elected her to the office of Chancellor in the course of the 2007 Swiss Federal Council election. In March 2008 she was designated by the Swiss Federal Council member of the directional committee for electronic government in Switzerland.

Casanova is a member of the Christian Democratic People's Party and speaks six languages: Romansh, German, French, Italian, English, and Spanish.


Political offices
Preceded by
Hanna Muralt Müller
Vice Chancellor of Switzerland
Succeeded by
Thomas Helbling
Preceded by
Annemarie Huber-Hotz
Chancellor of Switzerland
Succeeded by
Walter Thurnherr