• 06.09.2018
  • Air, RUAG MRO International
  • Media release

RUAG MRO Switzerland recognized as European Export Controls Compliance Team of the Year 2018

The RUAG MRO Switzerland team for Trade Compliance was named the European Export Controls Compliance Team of the Year by WorldECR and their publication “The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions”....

“We are proud of achieving this award. WorldECR and the panel of judges have confirmed that our focus on a rigorous and sustainable compliance organization, strategy and infrastructure has proven successful,” states Philipp Berner, CEO RUAG MRO Switzerland. RUAG MRO Switzerland strengthened trade compliance activities in 2014 to ensure that all employees were fully engaged with all internal guidelines as well as national and international legal regulations governing export controls. Philipp Berner continues, “The efforts of this team ensure that compliance is an effective tool that contributes to quality and the success of our division.”

The enhanced focus on trade compliance at RUAG is also a response to a major reform of the U.S. export control system, the Export Control Reform (ECR), launched in 2010, which created a new situation for RUAG. As government-to-government contracts, foreign military sales (FMS) were not included in ECR, RUAG MRO Switzerland, the material competence center of the Swiss Armed Forces, needed to pursue a dual-license strategy, in order to meet the varying demands of both the US Departments of State and Commerce. RUAG MRO Switzerland expanded their approach by establishing a team solely dedicated to trade compliance. Together, the members of the team address this dual-license strategy in the post-ECR environment and are heavily committed to training and educating division employees to satisfy the inherent complexities.

“A key element of trade compliance is awareness throughout the value chain. One of our central focuses is promoting an understanding of why trade compliance activities significantly contribute to the company’s overall goals going forward,” explains Burim Ceni, Divisional Trade Compliance Officer, RUAG MRO Switzerland. Burim Ceni points out, “This is an evolving and continuous process. We are interfacing with all departments in an integrated strategy where we actively engage and advise senior management, sales, finance, supply chain and engineering, so that they all fully understand the legal, technological and business aspects of export control compliance.”

“Trade compliance is a key part of the business operation and we have structured our concept around a zero tolerance policy,” asserts Felix Ammann, Vice President Supply Chain, RUAG MRO Switzerland.

RUAG MRO Switzerland is recognized by WorldECR for achievements that include: a global trade compliance strategy; coordinating trade compliance programs and training with RUAG MRO Switzerland affiliates in Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil and the USA; designing, implementing and maintaining tools and processes to monitor the effectiveness and achievement of objectives of the trade compliance program; and actively contributing to the wider compliance community through participation and speaking opportunities in and at conferences, as well as authoring articles, in order to share their experience and insights.

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RUAG MRO Switzerland, WorldECR European Export Controls Compliance Team of the Year 2018 (l. to r.): Philipp Berner, CEO RUAG MRO Switzerland; Burim Ceni, Senior Manager Trade Compliance; Ibadete Arifi, Trade Compliance Specialist; Kevin Ruff, Trade Compliance Manager; Felix Ammann, Vice President Supply Chain. (Further: Vanessa von Prondzynski-Eberl, Export Control Representative; Irène Schwarz, Trade Compliance Specialist; Bradley Randall, International Compliance Manager; Terry Miles, General Manager Operations Australia; Stefano Ghielmetti, Director Business Development & Government Relations US)


RUAG MRO Switzerland is a leading supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide.

Servicing aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company’s core competencies include maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacturing and integration of subsystems.

RUAG is an authorized service center for OEMs of renown, such as Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Cirrus, Diamond, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Leonardo, Piaggio, Sikorsky, Textron Aviation, and Piper, as well as a service center for Bombardier, 328 Support Services, Viking and MD Helicopters. RUAG MRO Switzerland is also a partner to the Swiss Armed Forces and other international air forces.

The company is also the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions, as well as passenger and cargo operations.

RUAG MRO Switzerland is an approved Part 21/J EASA Design Organization, Part 21/G EASA Production Organization, and Part 145 EASA Maintenance Organization.