"Enttäuschung ist für mich gleich Ansporn. Man macht eine Standortbestimmung, zieht daraus Schlussfolgerungen und versucht es anschliessend besser zu machen."
Die Baustelle, 30. Mai 2008


Dr. Edgar Oehler
Im Grünenstein
CH-9436 Balgach
T +41 71 722 50 59
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Born:March 02, 1942



1949 - 1955Primary School in Balgach (CH)
1956Secondary School in Widnau (CH) - could skip one class
1956 - 1962  State High School (College) in St-Gall (CH)
1962: Examinations to enter University (Matura B)
1961Sr High School Dallas, Oregon (USA)
1961: Diploma
1 year AFS-exchange student
1962 - 1963Military service - Lieutenant
1963 - 1967University of St-Gall (CH)
Public Law with specializing in Diplomatic Service
1967: Diploma as lic.rer.publ.

Thesis: „The rights of the people in the canton of St-Gall“ to get the doctor’s degree.
1975: Dr. rer. publ.
1967 - 1968One semester at the University of Zurich (CH) - faculty of Law
1970Christian University Tokyo (JP)
- attending different classes


Professional Career

1967 - 1973 University of St-Gall (CH)
Assistant for public and international law
special duties as assistant of the President of the University and assistant for academic lessons
1967 -  1985Part-time job as student and afterwards owner of a construction business- founded and ran it with a crew of 20 employees
- gave it up 1985 after becoming CEO of the AFG company
1971 - 1995  Member of the Swiss Parliament (House of Representatives)
1973 - 1985Die Ostschweiz“ - Swiss group of daily newspapers Editor-in-chief additionally responsible for 10 other daily Swiss newspapers
1985 - 1990 AFG Arbonia-Forster-Group, CH-Arbon (CH)
1200 employees
1985 Member of the Board
special duties to re-organize the daughter-company Air Froehlich Ltd., company for heat-recovery etc. (60 employees).
1985 - 1990AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding Ltd., Arbon (CH)
restructuring and going public IPO at the stock market of Zurich/Switzerland (1500 employees when leaving the group)
1990 - 1991Justus-Dornier-Holding Ltd., Zurich (CH)
CEO for a agreed period of one year for all affiliated companies duty to re-organize the troublesome group of companies within one year. Successful.
1991 - 2004Association of the Swiss Industry of Cigarette manufacturers
(includes all major companies, also all US companies)
1998Acquisition of Hartchrom AG Steinach, Steinach (CH)
(100 %-shareholder) (leading functional hard chrome-plating manufacturer)
President and chairman
11.09.2003 AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, Arbon (CH)
Takeover of the majority shareholding of the
13.10.2003 -
Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors of the AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, Arbon (CH) and its subsidiary companies
27.01.2004Takeover of the Bruno Piatti AG, Dietlikon (CH) by the AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, Arbon (CH)
Apr 2004Takeover of the EgoKiefer AG, Altstätten (CH) 
Sept 2005 Takeover of Miele Kitchen, Warendorf (DE) 
2006Takeover of Schmidlin ASCO Swiss, Zwingen (CH)
Jan 2007Integration of STI | Hartchrom AG, Steinach (CH)
Feb 2007 Takeover of RWD Schlatter AG, Roggwil (CH)
Sept 2007 Takeover of Aqualux Ltd., Wednesbury (UK)
Jan 2008Takeover of Slovaktual GmbH, Pravenec (SK)
Feb 2008Opening of the new AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG Corporate Center, Arbon (CH)
01.05.2011  -
AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, Arbon (CH)
Member of the Board of Directors
Jun 2014Acquisition of STI Precision Machining (Changshu) Co., Ltd., Changshu (CN)
Dec 2014Takeover of STI Group with all its subsidiaries



Besides the function as Member of the Swiss Parliament various additional functions in own and third party companies:

  • different real-estate developments
  • Member of the Board and/or consultant of some companies in Switzerland
  • Consultant on a international level for
    • different companies (for Middle East and Far East as well as for special duties)
    • US-Investment group (based in New York) for European Affairs



In Switzerland military service is compulsory. Did service in the Infantry. Quit as Colonel, Commander of an Infantry Regiment after having fulfilled all obligations in 1992. No more military obligations.


  • leading and steering activities on all four levels of the Swiss Confederation, i.e. community-, regional-, state- and federal level
  • Member of international committee, Member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU, committees for economical and financial questions,  European Cooperation etc.
  • Honorary President of the European Conference for Human Rights and Self-determination EKMS (organization of Members of European Parliaments, especially active during the period of the cold war for family re-unification, relief for refugees etc.



  • 1971 - 1995: Member of the Swiss Parliament (Swiss Congress, Member of the House of Representatives)
  • Member of several Committees in Parliament with special duties for military economic-, financial-, foreign policy- and legal questions, some of the most important ones (in the House of Representatives):
    • President of the Committee for economic affairs
    • other presidencies of various committees
    • Member of the Budget Committee (financial committee)
    • Member of the Delegation of Finances (most powerful committee)
    • Member of the Supervising Committee
    • Member of the Committee for Foreign Relations
    • Member of the pool for international election observation
    • Member of the Delegation Switzerland-European Union
    • Speaker of the Party for financial affairs in Parliament
    • etc.



  • Member of several national and international organizations with economical and political duties.