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Bank Council (as at 29 July 2015)

Function

The Bank Council oversees and controls the conduct of business by the SNB. The term of office of the members of the Bank Council is four years and the full term of office cannot exceed twelve years.

Membership

The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the set of principles governing membership of the SNB Bank Council. The aim of the MoU is to ensure that the specialised abilities and qualities that are important for the SNB are maintained in the Bank Council at all times.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on the Set of principles governing membership

Bank council committees

Membership of the Bank Council committees is determined by the Bank Council for the period of a year. For the 2014–2015 term of office membership is as follows:

Audit Committee: Christoph Lengwiler (Chairman), Heinz Karrer, Ernst Stocker
Risk Committee: Alfredo Gysi (Chairman), Daniel Lampart, Shelby du Pasquier
Compensation Committee: Olivier Steimer (Chairman), Jean Studer, Monika Bütler
Nomination Committee: Jean Studer (Chairman), Olivier Steimer, Cédric Tille

Jean Studer: President of the Bank Council, initial election 2007, current election 2012

Jean Studer, Neuchâtel, born 1957
President of the Bank Council
Degree in law (lic. iur.), Attorney at Law

Political career

Member of the cantonal government and Head of the Department of Justice, Security and Finance of the canton of Neuchâtel, Member of Parliament of the City of Neuchâtel, member of the cantonal parliament and President of the Commission for the Total Revision of the Cantonal Constitution, member of the Council of States, member of the Business Audit Commission (Geschäftsprüfungskommission), member of the Commission for Health and Social Security and member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation

Relevant affiliations

  1. President of the Canton of Neuchâtel tripartite commission for monitoring the labour market
  2. Member of the Board at Facchinetti Groupe SA, Neuchâtel

Olivier Steimer: Vice President of the Bank Council, initial election 2009, current election 2012

Olivier Steimer, Epalinges, born 1955
Vice President of the Bank Council
Degree in Law (Lic. iur.)
International Banking School in New York
Chairman of the Board of Banque Cantonale Vaudoise

Professional career

Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Financial Services, responsible for Private Banking International, CEO Private Banking International of Credit Suisse Group

Relevant affiliations

  1. Member of the Board at ACE Ltd, Zurich
  2. President of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Finance Institute, Zurich
  3. Member of the Board of Trustees of Fondation BCV, Lausanne
  4. Member of the Committee of the Board of Directors at economiesuisse, Zurich
  5. Vice Chairman of the Board of the think tank for economic and social issues (Avenir Suisse), Berne
  6. Member of the ETH Board, Zurich
  7. Member of the Board at Allreal Holding Ltd, Baar

Monika Bütler: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2010, current election 2012

Monika Bütler, Zurich, born 1961
Member of the Bank Council
Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. oec. HSG), Degree in mathematics and physics (Diploma)
Professor of Economics at the University of St. Gallen and Director of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, SEW-HSG

Professional career

Full Professor at the University of Lausanne, Assistant Professor at CentER, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Relevant affiliations

  1. Member of the Board at Schindler Holding Ldt, Hergiswil
  2. Member of the Board at SUVA, Lucerne
  3. Member of the Board at Huber+Suhner Ltd, Herisau
  4. President of the Managing Committee at the Swiss Institute for International Economic and Applied Economic Research, University of St. Gallen
  5. Member of the Richard Büchner Foundation, Zurich
  6. President of the Swiss Society of Statistics and Economics

Alfredo Gysi: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2011, current election 2012

Alfredo Gysi, London, born 1948
Member of the Bank Council

Doctorate in mathematics from the University of Milan

Chairman of the Board of Directors of BSI Ltd

Professional career

CEO of BSI Ltd, member of executive management at BSI Ltd

Relevant affiliations

  1. Chairman of the Board of Directors of B-Source Ltd, Bioggio
  2. President of the Board of Trustees for the Lugano Faculties (USI)
  3. Member of the Council of the University of Lugano (USI)

Barbara Janom Steiner: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2015

Barbara Janom Steiner, Chur, born 1963
Member of the Bank Council
Degree in Law (lic. iur.)
Member of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Department of Finance and Communal Affairs of the Canton of Graubünden

Political career

President of the Graubünden cantonal division of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Member of the Cantonal Parliament, Member of the Cantonal Government, Vice President of the Swiss Conservative Democratic Party (BDP)

Relevant affiliations

  1. Chair of the Administrative Commission of the Graubünden public pension fund, Chur
  2. Member of the Board at Swiss Saltworks AG, Pratteln and Rheinfelden
  3. Member of the Board at Winterhilfe Graubünden, Chur
  4. Member of the Board at Stiftung Familie Georg Aliesch-Davaz, Chur
  5. Member of the Board at Stiftung Stavros S. Niarchos für Ausbildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Chur
  6. Member of the Board at ch Foundation for Federal Cooperation, Solothurn

Heinz Karrer: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2014

Heinz Karrer, Münsingen (canton of Berne), born 1959
Member of the Bank Council
President of economiesuisse

Professional career

CEO of Axpo Holding AG, Head of Marketing & Sales Division and Member of the Group Executive Management of Swisscom Ltd, CEO of Ringier Switzerland and Member of the Group Executive Management of Ringier Ltd, Managing Director and CEO of Intersport Holding AG, Managing Director of Intersport (Schweiz) AG, General Manager of the Association for Sports Goods

Relevant affiliations

  1. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd, Zurich
  2. Member of the Board of Directors of Notenstein Private Bank Ltd, St Gallen
  3. Member of the Foundation Board of the Hasler Foundation, Berne
  4. President of economiesuisse

Daniel Lampart: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2007, current election 2012

Daniel Lampart, Zurich, born 1968
Member of the Bank Council
Degree in philosophy (lic. phil. I), University of Zurich
Degree in economics (lic. oec.), University of St. Gallen
Ph.D. in Economic history (Dr. phil. I), University of Zurich
Head of the Secretariat and Chief Economist at the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions

Professional career

Research Assistant at the Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research at ETH Zurich
Research projects, economic surveys and forecasts

Relevant affiliations

  1. Member of the Tripartite Commission of the Swiss Federation on accompanying measures in connection with the free movement of persons, Berne
  2. Member of the Competition Commission, Berne
  3. Member of the Supervisory Commission for the unemployment insurance compensation fund, Berne
  4. Member of the commission for economic policy, Berne
  5. Member of the Board of Directors of the old age and survivors’ insurance compensation fund, Geneva

Christoph Lengwiler: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2012

Christoph Lengwiler, Kriens, born 1959
Member of the Bank Council
Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. oec. publ.)
Professor and Director of the Institute of Financial Services Zug (IFZ) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business

Professional and political career

Head of the Corporate Finance module at the Academy of the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants, Lecturer and Professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business, Assistant at the Swiss Banking Institute at the University of Zurich, Member of the Canton of Lucerne legislative council

Relevant affiliations

  1. Vice Chairman of the Board at Luzerner Kantonalbank, Lucerne
  2. Member of the Board at shaPE Capital AG, Freienbach SZ
  3. Member of the Board at CFO Forum Schweiz, Zug
  4. Vice Chairman of SwissVR, association for holders of company board mandates, Zug
  5. Member of the Investment Committee for the social security compensation fund, Lucerne

Shelby R. du Pasquier: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2012

Shelby R. du Pasquier, Geneva, born 1960
Member of the Bank Council
Attorney at Law, LL.M., Degree in commerce and industry (Lic. es. Sc. comm. et ind.)
Partner at Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

Professional career

Partner at Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva, Columbia University School of Law, New York City (LL.M.), lic. es sciences commerciales et industrielles at the University of Geneva

Relevant affiliations

  1. Member of the Board at SGS SA, Geneva
  2. Member of the Boards at Stonehage SA, Neuchâtel, and at Stonehage Financial Services Holdings Ltd, Jersey
  3. President of the oversight authority of Pictet & Cie Group SCA

Ernst Stocker: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2010, current election 2012

Ernst Stocker, Wädenswil, born 1955
Member of the Bank Council
Federally certified master agriculturalist
Member of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Department of Finance of the Canton of Zurich

Political career

Mayor of Wädenswil, Chairman of the Cantonal Council of the Canton of Zurich, Member of the Cantonal Council’s Kommission für Staat und Gemeinden (commission for cantons and municipalities), Member of the Cantonal Council’s management, Member of the executive committee at the Zurich cantonal division of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP)

Relevant affiliations

  1. President of the Stiftung GREATER ZURICH AREA Standortmarketing, Zurich
  2. Member of the Board at Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich, Zurich
  3. Member of the Board at Flughafen Zürich AG, Kloten
  4. Member of the Board at MCH Group Ltd, Basel
  5. Member of the Board at SWISSLOS Interkantonale Landeslotterie Genossenschaft, Basel
  6. Member of the Board of Trustees of TECHNOPARK Zurich Foundation, Zurich

Cédric Tille: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2011, current election 2012

Cédric Tille, Châtel-St-Denis, born 1970
Member of the Bank Council

Ph.D. in Economics, Princeton University

Master in Economics, University of Lausanne
Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Professional career

Research Officer in the International Research section at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Relevant affiliations

  1. Member of the Strategic Committee at Palaedino Asset Management SA, Geneva
  2. Head of the „Bilateral Assistance and Capacity Building for Central Banks“ (BCC) programme, which is run by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GIID) on behalf of SECO

Former members of the Bank Council

Rita Fuhrer: Member of the Bank Council from April 2008 to April 2010

Rita Fuhrer, Auslikon, born 1953

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Member of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich

Professional and political career

Head of branch office for a health insurance provider; freelance work for a daily newspaper; Head of secondary education promotion in Pfäffikon; Deputy Head of Wetzikon Further Education and Vocational College; Member of the Cantonal Council and Cantonal Government of the Canton of Zurich; Head of the Department of Social and Security Affairs of the Canton of Zurich

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Member of the Board of Directors at Axpo Holding AG, Baden
  2. Member of the Board of Directors at Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich, Zurich
  3. Member of the Board of Directors at Flughafen Zürich AG, Zurich
  4. President of the Stiftung Greater Zurich Area Standortmarketing (Greater Zurich Area location marketing foundation), Zurich
  5. Member of the Foundation Board at Stiftung für bürgerliche Politik (civil politics foundation), Zug
  6. Member of the Foundation Board at Stiftung Technopark Zürich (Technopark in Zurich foundation), Zurich
  7. Member of the Executive Committee at the Zurich cantonal division of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP)

 

Franz Marty: Member of the Bank Council from April 1998 to April 2010

Franz Marty, Goldau, born 1947
Degree in Law (Lic. iur.), Honorary doctorate in Economic and Social Sciences (Dr. h.c. rer.pol.)

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Union of Raiffeisen Banks

Professional and political career

Member of the Cantonal Council and President of the Cantonal Government of the Canton of Schwyz, President of the Central Switzerland Government Conference, President of the Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Finance

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Chairman of the Training Foundation for the Canton of Schwyz and the See and Gaster districts (Canton of St Gallen), Schwyz
  2. Chairman of the Raiffeisen Jubiläumsstiftung (Raiffeisen centenary foundation), St Gallen
  3. Chairman of the constitutional commission of the Canton of Schwyz, Schwyz
  4. Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Swiss Mountain Aid, Adliswil

 

Konrad Hummler: Member of the Bank Council from April 2004 to April 2011

Konrad Hummler, Teufen, born 1953
Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.)

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Managing Partner of Wegelin & Co., Private Bankers

Professional and political career

Head of the Organising Committee of the International Students’ Committee at the University of St. Gallen, various roles at the Union Bank of Switzerland, laterally the personal advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and either head or member of various committees and task forces, Director at Wegelin & Co. Private Bankers

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Chairman of the Board of Directors at Telsonic Holding AG, Bronschhofen
  2. Chairman of the St Gallen-Appenzell Chamber of Commerce and Industry, St Gallen
  3. Chairman of the Swiss Private Bankers Association, Geneva
  4. Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Credit Europe Bank (Suisse) SA, Geneva
  5. Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Habib Bank AG, Zurich
  6. Member of the Board of Directors of Christian Fischbacher Co. AG and CF Holding AG, St Gallen
  7. Member of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Börse AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  8. Member of the Boards of Directors of AG für die Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG and FPH Freie Presse Holding AG, Zurich
  9. Member of the Board of Directors at Gerlan Finanz AG, Zollikon
  10. Member of the Board of Directors at Private Client Bank AG, Zurich
  11. Member of the Board of Directors at Bühler Holding AG, Uzwil

 

Armin Jans: Member of the Bank Council from April 1999 to April 2011

Armin Jans, Zug, born in 1949
Doctorate in Economic and Social Sciences (Dr. rer. pol.)

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Professor of Economics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Professional and political career

Lecturer at the University of Zurich, Lecturer and Professor of Economics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Member of the Legislative Municipal Council of Zug, Member of the Cantonal Council of the Canton of Zug, National Councillor

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Vice President of the Bank Board at Zuger Kantonalbank, Zug

 

Hansueli Raggenbass: Member of the Bank Council from April 2001 to April 2002; President of the Bank Council from April 2002 to April 2012

Hansueli Raggenbass, Kesswil, born 1948
Doctorate in Economic Sciences from the University of St. Gallen (Dr. oec. HSG), Attorney-at-law and Chartered Tax Specialist

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Self-employed attorney-at-law at Raggenbass & Partner

Professional and political career

Member of the Legislative Council of the Canton of Thurgau, Member of the Finance Committee, Member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation, National Councillor

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the SWICA Health Care Organisation, Winterthur, and associated companies
  2. Vice-Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Internationale Treuhand AG and Remaco Ltd
  3. Member of the Board of Directors at BFW Liegenschaften AG, Frauenfeld

 

Fritz Studer: Member of the Bank Council from April 2004 to April 2012

Fritz Studer, Lucerne, born 1943
Commercial banker

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Chairman of the Board of Directors at Luzerner Kantonalbank

Professional and political career

Various positions at the Swiss Volksbank, Zurich, laterally President of the Executive Board, CEO of Luzerner Kantonalbank

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Member of the Board of Directors at Sika Ltd, Baar
  2. Member of the Board of Directors at Bertsch Schweiz AG, Thal
  3. Member of the Board of Directors at the Sarna-Stiftung (Sarna foundation), Sarnen
  4. Member of the Board of Directors at Strategic Capital Management AG, Zurich

 

Gerold Bührer: Member of the Bank Council from April 2008 to April 2014

Gerold Bührer, Muri bei Bern, born 1948
Degree in Economics (Lic. oec. publ.)

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Independent business consultant

Professional and political career

President of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation), Member of the Managing Board at Georg Fischer Ltd in Schaffhausen, various posts at the Union Bank of Switzerland, laterally as a Member of the Managing Board of the bank’s fund management, National Councillor, President of PRD/FDP Switzerland

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Chairman of the Board of Directors at Herrenacker Parkhaus AG, Schaffhausen
  2. Chairman of the Board of Directors at FehrAdvice & Partners AG, Zurich
  3. Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Meier + Cie AG Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen
  4. Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Swiss Life Holding Ltd, Zurich
  5. Member of the Board of Directors at Cellere AG, St Gallen
  6. Member of the Board of Directors at Georg Fischer Ltd, Schaffhausen
  7. Member of the Board of Directors at Strabus Strassenbau-Unternehmung Schaffhausen AG, Schaffhausen
  8. Member of the Bonny Stiftung für die Freiheit (Bonny foundation for freedom), Berne

 

Laura Sadis: Member of the Bank Council from April 2007 to April 2015

Laura Sadis, Lugano, born 1961
Degree in Economics (lic. oec. publ.), Chartered Tax Specialist

Professional occupation at time of resignation

Member of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Department of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Canton of Ticino

Professional and political career

Member of the Municipal Council of Lugano, Member and Party President in the legislative council of the Canton of Ticino, National Councillor

Relevant affiliations at time of resignation

  1. Member of the Board of Directors at ATT (Agenzia turistica ticinese SA), Bellinzona
  2. Member of the Board of Directors at Swiss Saltworks, Pratteln
  3. Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the pension fund institution of the Canton of Ticino, Bellinzona
  4. Member of the ‘Kommission für die Harmonisierung der direkten Steuern des Bundes, der Kantone und der Gemeinden KHST’ (commission for the harmonisation of direct taxes levied by the Confederation, the cantons and the municipalities), Berne
  5. Member of the Supervisory Commission for the cantonal old age and survivors’ insurance compensation fund, Bellinzona