Charles Upchurch's Biography
Charles has already enjoyed his 40 year international career including more than 25 years as a CEO. He is now giving back as a Partner in VISCONTI, a group of 40 like-minded former CEOs throughout Europe who are sparring partners for leaders. Born and educated in the USA with a degree in Psychology, Charles started his professional career with 9 years in the offshore oil & gas exploration industry where he obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license. Marriage brought Charles to Switzerland where he began a 16 year career in Europe, Asia and North America with SGS, the world’s largest inspection, testing and certification company. Charles led technology SMEs in Switzerland for the next 15 years before transitioning into executive coaching. He is married with 3 children, living in Geneva and is currently back on his on-again off-again golfing passion.
When and most importantly why did you join the AIC?
I joined the AIC in 2005 after returning to Geneva. I was recruited by Bob Posey who recommended the club for its networking and sense of community. Bob couldn’t have been more right! In recent years, I have been more engaged in the continued success of the club which is an enriching experience.