Pierre Hemmer (entrepreneur)

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Pierre Hemmer
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Pierre Hemmer, Head of Development of eGovernment Services at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Swiss Confederation (2008)
Pierre Marie François Hemmer

(1950-03-08)March 8, 1950
Fribourg, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
DiedJune 26, 2013(2013-06-26) (aged 63)
Mons (Var), France
Cause of deathAccident
EducationCollege of Saint Michael (Fribourg)
Alma materSchool of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg
OccupationFounder and director of MC Management et Communications SA (M&C net)
Spouse(s)Rose-Marie Hemmer (-Sallin)

Pierre Hemmer, born on (1950-03-08)March 8, 1950 in Fribourg and died on (2013-06-26)June 26, 2013 in Mons (Var)[1], was a business leader and executive of the Swiss Confederation, active in particular in the field of the Internet.[2][3][4][5] In 1995, he was, with his firm M&Cnet, the only public service provider in the Canton of Fribourg and many other parts of Switzerland.[6][7][8]

He spoke widely at conferences and in the media on the projected impact on society, health, education, economics, management, transport, and communication from the advent of new information and communications technology.[7][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][excessive citations]


Pierre Hemmer was an electronics and computer ETS engineer. In 1975, he worked for Brown, Boveri & Cie. From 1976 to 1979, he was employed by Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland and California, US) then from 1979 to 1988 by Falma-Control Buser AG, as technical director and project manager.

From 1988 to 1990, going independent,[20] he participated in the creation of the CIM Centre of Western Switzerland (CCSO).[21] He became technical director.

On January 3, 1995, Pierre Hemmer founded MC Management et Communications SA (M&Cnet).[22][23][24], a company resulting from the privatization of the telecommunications and information management activities of the Swiss CIM Action Program[25] This company provides internet access to the general public, mainly in the Canton of Fribourg and in neighboring regions.

After joining the American group Via Net.Works[26] (today Interoute) in October 1999,[3][24][27][28][29][30] in 2001, MC Management and Communications SA became Via Net.Works Switzerland SA and extended its coverage.

In 2001, Pierre Hemmer founded the firm hemmer.ch SA[31] in Fribourg; he managed it until 2005.

Engaged in May 2006 by the Federal Chancellery as Head of Development, and then from April 2008 by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs[32] as Head of eGovernment Services Development, Pierre Hemmer was responsible for initiating a first harmonization of Internet-based government services[33] to all cantons and communes of Switzerland.[34]

Projects and initiatives[edit]

In December 1991, Hemmer organized with the CIM Center of Western Switzerland a meeting of international scientific experts regarding cooperation on new production technologies, as part of an Intelligent Manufacturing Systems research program, aiming to "combine resources from Western countries to jointly develop the most advanced production techniques".[9]

In May 1995, he launched three initiatives:[35] to create a regional communications network in the canton of Fribourg, with new lines in the field;[36] to create a regional platform for the exchange of marketing information and interactive advertising on the Internet; and to create a training program and didactic support.

On June 27, 1995, Hemmer and his company M&Cnet brought on-line the first cyber cafe in French-speaking Switzerland.[37]

On January 24, 1997, he and Didier Bordon created Formation-Conseil SA, a company dedicated to training unemployed people.[38]

In October 1997, Hemmer and his company M&Cnet connected the Services industriels bullois cable network to the Internet, offering the public on-line services via their televisions, including live radio reception on the web and Internet-based home automation applications.[39]

In September 2000, as director of M&Cnet, Hemmer signed a partnership agreement with three other companies - the Entreprises électriques fribourgeoises (EEF), Business Computer Dimension (BCD) in Givisiez, and the Centre informatique des sociétés électriques romandes (CISEL) - aimed at offering their customers a global solution in the fields of telecommunications, Internet and business networks.[40]

In October 2000, Hemmer handed over to the State of Fribourg the domain names fribourg.ch, sarine.ch, gruyere.ch, singine.ch, glane.ch, broye.ch and veveyse.ch (names of the canton and of six districts).[41]


Pierre Hemmer's family was from Rodemack, Lorraine (France),[42] but acquired Swiss nationality, and citizenship of Romont, in the canton of Fribourg, in 1923.[43][44] He is the tenth child of François Marie Pierre Hemmer,[43][45] regent in Orsonnens and Fribourg and teacher at the boys' secondary school in Fribourg,[46] and Madeleine Marie Jambé (1910-1990), born in Châtel-St-Denis (Fribourg), housewife. Cousin of Albert Lebrun, who was President of France from 1932 to 1940,[44][47][48] his paternal grandfather Pierre Marie Joseph Hemmer (1875-1950) was naturalized Swiss on 15 February 1924 and worked as an engineer for Brown, Boveri.[42] Through his maternal grandmother Françoise Laure Théraulaz, he is the great-grandson of the Swiss politician Jean Alphonse Théraulaz [fr][44][49] and a cousin of the architect Augustin Genoud [de].[49]

On July 24, 1976, Pierre Hemmer married Rose-Marie Hemmer, nėe Sallin, a secretary and housewife, with whom he had four children.[44] She is the sister of the theater director Gisèle Sallin [fr].


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  2. ^ Pauchard, Pierre (May 2001). "Pierre Hemmer, L'entrepreneur philosophe" [Pierre Hemmer, the philosopher entrepreneur]. Futures (in French). AGEFI Groupe. 6: 19–22.
  3. ^ a b Chobaz, Vincent (2001-02-28). "Pierre Hemmer quitte "son" MCnet" [Pierre Hemmer leaves "his" MCnet]. La Liberté (in French): 1 and 15. Pioneer and current leader of the Internet and multimedia market in the canton of Fribourg, MCnet passes definitively in the hands of the American company Via Net.works.
  4. ^ Hemmer, Pierre (June 1995). "Vers une décentralisation du travail" [Towards a decentralization of work]. Bulletin de l'Association de développement et d'initiative dans l'Arc jurassien (ADIJ) (in French).
  5. ^ "Monsieur Internet" [Mister Internet]. La Gruyère (in French). 6. 1997-10-22.
  6. ^ Fedrigo, Claudio (July 1995). "Fribourg et les autoroutes de l'information" [Fribourg and the information highways]. info, journal interne de la BCU Fribourg (in French). 7. Pierre Hemmer (currently the only public access provider in the canton) has highlighted the intense proliferation of initiatives that currently make Fribourg one of the bridgeheads of the extension of the network in Switzerland.
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  8. ^ Fedrigo, Claudio (February 1996). "Fribourg et les autoroutes de l'information" [Fribourg and the information highways]. Arbido, revue officielle mensuelle de l'Association des archivistes suisses (AAS), l'Association des bibliothèques et bibliothécaires suisses (BBS), l'Association suisse de documentation (ASD) (in French). 7. Pierre Hemmer (currently the only public access provider in the canton) has highlighted the intense proliferation of initiatives that currently make Fribourg one of the bridgeheads of the extension of the network in Switzerland.
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  11. ^ Ayer, Claude (1994-03-17). "Le CIM redécouvre la place de l'homme dans l'entreprise" [CIM rediscovers the place of the man in the company]. Le Nouveau Quotidien (in French): 21.
  12. ^ Schouwey, Yves (1995-05-16). "Au-delà de la mode" [Beyond fashion]. L'Impartial (in French): 11.
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  14. ^ Schouwey, Yves (1995-05-17). "Le monde à portée de main" [The world at your fingertips]. Le Nouvelliste (in French): 32.
  15. ^ Talandier, Michelle (1995-10-18). "Croyants ou sceptiques, les Fribourgeois diront présent au rendez-vous d'Internet" [Believers or skeptics, the Fribourgeois will say present at the appointment of Internet]. 24 heures (in French): 53.
  16. ^ PAS (1996-02-16). "Les médias fribourgeois seront bientôt présents sur le réseau" [The Fribourg media will soon be present on the network]. La Liberté (in French): 11.
  17. ^ PFY (1997-05-26). "Très rapide, sûr et finalement pas plus cher" [Very fast, safe and ultimately not more expensive]. La Liberté (in French): 9.
  18. ^ Georges, Christian (1998-10-01). "Internet: un potentiel à exploiter aussi par les PME" [Internet: a potential to be exploited by SMEs]. L'Express (in French): 13.
  19. ^ CS (1999-04-23). "L'avenir des entreprises de la Glâne passe aussi par le Web" [The future of the companies of the Glâne also passes by the Web]. La Liberté (in French): 21.
  20. ^ "Polycontrol hat Probleme" [Polycontrol has problems]. Freiburger Nachrichten (in German). 290. 1989-12-15.
  21. ^ Meier, Christophe (14 November 1992), "4.4", Le Centre CIM de Suisse occidentale, Documentation concerning seminars organized by the Federal Office of Personnel (in French), Swiss Confederation, Federal Office of Personnel, pp. 167–184, The CIM Center for Western Switzerland (CCSO), a private-law association, was created in 1990 by the six cantons of French-speaking Switzerland: Fribourg, Valais, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva and the Jura.
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  26. ^ a Colorado-based company (Bloomberg snapshot) which was, shortly thereafter, quoted on the Nasdaq stock exchange (Via Net.Works, Nasdaq).
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  28. ^ "Nouveau directeur chez MCnet" [New Director at MCnet]. La Liberté (in French). 5 May 2001.
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  38. ^ Christinaz, Madeleine (3 February 1998). "Formation-Conseil, des outils inédits au service des personnes sans emploi" [Formation-Conseil, new tools for unemployed people]. La Liberté (in French). Fribourg: 19.
  39. ^ JS (14 October 1997). "Bulle - Embarquement dès vendredi pour le voyage du 4e Comptoir" [Bulle - Boarding Friday for the trip of the 4th counter]. La Liberté (in French). Fribourg: 15.
  40. ^ Chobaz, Vincent (28 September 2000). "A quatre, ils créent une plate-forme des télécoms dans le canton" [These four are creating a telecommunications platform in the canton]. La Liberté (in French). Fribourg: 19.
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  42. ^ a b "Unsere Verstorbenen, Pierre Hemmer" [Our dead]. Wir und unser Werk - Brown Boveri Hauszeitung (in German). 9: 146. September 1950.
  43. ^ a b Cuennet, Jean-Claude (3 July 1970). "Clôture de l'année scolaire à l'école secondaire des garçons" [Closing of the school year at Boys' High School]. La Liberté (in French): 15.
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  45. ^ François Hemmer is famous in the canton of Fribourg, especially after a show of Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) entitled "Le Régent d'Orsonnens" [The Regent of Orsonnens]. www.rts.ch. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS). 1992.. François Hemmer was regent of the village of Orsonnens, then teacher of mathematics at secondary school (Belluard, Fribourg).
  46. ^ Now Cycle d'Orientation du Belluard [fr]
  47. ^ Houncheringer, Jean Paul. "Genealogy of Pierre Marie Joseph HEMMER". geneanet.org. Geneanet.
  48. ^ André, Jean Denis. "Descendants of Jean Nicolas LEBRUN". geneanet.org. Geneanet.
  49. ^ a b Genealogy of family Théraulaz, Archives of Canton of Fribourg (Switzerland).