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She is head of one of Switzerland’s biggest companies and is one of the nation’s most successful and wealthiest entrepreneurs – and she has also climbed quite a few rungs up the political career ladder. Magdalena Martullo-Blocher, CEO of Ems-Chemie-Holding, is a 49-year-old mother of three and has been a Swiss People’s Party (SVP) National Councillor since 2015. Switzerland is wondering whether the daughter of Christoph Blocher, the dominant figure in the SVP, will now dedicate herself fully to politics or remain in business.
Her professional track record suggests she will pursue the second option. Under Martullo-Blocher’s leadership, the specialist chemicals group based in Domat/Ems in Grisons is enjoying even greater success than when it was run by her father, whom she replaced as CEO after his election to the Federal Council in 2003. Last year’s trend of positive revenues continued into the first quarter of 2018.
She also says at every opportunity that she would rather be in business than in politics. However, if Switzerland was in peril, she would probably have to bite the bullet and steer national government on the right course: “In an emergency situation, such as if the EU suddenly and unexpectedly started putting us under great pressure, I would probably consider office,” she told various media outlets when asked whether she wanted to become a Federal Councillor. Not only does she resemble her father in terms of style and appearance, her methods are also the same. She disguises her political ambitions as a “duty” to protect the Swiss nation and people from disaster and ruin. In March 2018, Magdalena Martullo-Blocher replaced her retiring father on the party’s executive committee, one of the most powerful positions in the SVP. Even on the day before the election, her father was saying that she didn’t actually want the position. She “had” to take it.