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Bank Council (as at 17 April 2014)

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 2012–2013 term of office membership is as follows:

Audit Committee: Gerold Bührer (Chairman), Ernst Stocker, Christoph Lengwiler
Risk Committee: Alfredo Gysi (Chairman), Daniel Lampart, Shelby du Pasquier
Compensation Committee: Olivier Steimer (Chairman), Jean Studer, Gerold Bührer
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

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

Gerold Bührer: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2008, current election 2012

Gerold Bührer, Muri (BE), born 1948
Member of the Bank Council
Degree in economics (lic. oec. publ.)
Former President of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation)
Independent business consultant

Professional and political career

President of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation), Member of the Managing Board with responsibility for Finance at Georg Fischer Ltd, Schaffhausen, various posts at Swiss Bank Corporation, including, most recently, Member of the Managing Board of the SBC’s fund management arm, Member of the National Council 1991–2007, President of the Swiss Liberal-Democratic Party (FDP) 2001–2002

Relevant affiliations

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

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 Managing Director of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, SEW-HSG

Professional career

Advisor to the World Bank, Washington; Member of the Swiss Federal Commission for Economic Issues (Eidgenössische Kommission für Konjunkturfragen), 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. Member of the Foundation Board of WDA, World Demographic & Aging Forum, St Gallen
  7. Research coordinator at Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, the Netherlands

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

Alfredo Gysi, Cornano (canton of Ticino), 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. President of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland, Zurich
  2. Member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Swiss Bankers Association, Basel
  3. Chairman of the Board of Directors of B-Source Ltd, Bioggio
  4. Member of the Council of the University of Lugano (USI)
  5. Member of the Foundation Board of the Fondazione Agire, Bellinzona (Agenzia per l’innovazione regionale del Cantone Ticino) (agency for regional innovation in the canton of Ticino)
  6. Vice Chairman of the FOSI Foundation Board – Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano

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 employment division of the Federal Office for National Economic Supply, Berne
  6. 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 Board at Stonehage SA, Neuchâtel
  3. President of the oversight authority of Pictet & Cie Group SCA

Laura Sadis: Member of the Bank Council, initial election 2007, current election 2012

Laura Sadis, Lugano, born 1961
Member of the Bank Council
Degree in economics (lic. oec. publ.), Chartered Tax Specialist
President of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Department of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Canton of Ticino

Political career

Member of the Municipal Council of Lugano, member and party president in the parliament of the Canton of Ticino, National Councillor

Relevant affiliations

  1. Member of the Board at Ticino Turismo (Ticino tourist board), Bellinzona
  2. Member of the Board at United Swiss Salt Works, Pratteln
  3. Chair of the Board 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
  6. Member of the Board of the Association for Sustainable Mobility (AssoVEL2), Mendrisio

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 Economic Affairs 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