Marc Zehntner was born in Basel in 1972. After obtaining a business degree in Basel, he did a course in fundraising at the University of Fribourg. He has many years of experience in museum management and has also been active as a lecturer in higher education, for example at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, where he taught the course “Marketing for Cultural Institutions.” He took over his first post as managing director in 2000 and for five years was Head of Administration & Operations and a member of the management board of Basel’s Museum of Natural History. Most recently he was co-director of the internationally acclaimed Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, a position he held for over ten years. Marc Zehntner is married and the father of three children.