Enlarged Governing Board
Members of the Enlarged Governing Board
Thomas J. Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board, Zurich
Thomas J. Jordan was born in Bienne, Switzerland in 1963. After graduating from an academic secondary school (Wirtschaftsgymnasium) in Bienne, he studied economics and business studies at the University of Bern. He completed his degree in 1989 and his doctorate in 1993. He wrote his post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) during a three-year post-doctoral research period at the Department of Economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The University of Bern appointed him lecturer (Privatdozent) in 1998 and honorary professor in 2003. He lectures there in monetary theory and policy.
In 1997, Thomas J. Jordan joined the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in Zurich as an Economic Advisor in Department I. Two years later, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Economic Studies unit, and in 2002 he became Head of the Research unit. At the beginning of 2004, he was promoted to Director. With effect from mid-2004, the Swiss Federal Council appointed him an Alternate Member of the Governing Board. In this function, he headed the Financial Markets area in Department III (Money Market and Foreign Exchange, Asset Management, Risk Management and Financial Market Analysis). Effective May 2007, he was appointed Member of the Governing Board by the Federal Council. At the same time, he became Head of Department III (Financial Markets, Banking Operations and Information Technology). With effect from the beginning of 2010, the Federal Council appointed him Vice Chairman of the Governing Board and he took over management of Department II in Berne (Financial Stability, Cash, Finance and Risk). On 18 April 2012, Thomas J. Jordan was appointed Chairman of the Governing Board by the Federal Council with immediate effect and thereby also Head of Department I in Zurich (Economic Affairs, International Monetary Cooperation, Legal and Property Services, Secretariat General).
Thomas J. Jordan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SNB’s ‘StabFund’, the stabilisation fund, and Chairman of the G10 Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel and the Steering Committee of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) as well as Chairman of the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB) in Geneva. He has published numerous articles on monetary theory and policy in leading international journals.
Thomas J. Jordan is married with two sons.
Jean-Pierre Danthine, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board, Berne
Jean-Pierre Danthine was born in Havelange, Namur, Belgium in 1950. He earned a Master’s Degree in Economics at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium and a PhD in Economics at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1980 to 2009, Jean-Pierre Danthine was Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He taught at Columbia University, New York, and was visiting professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Université Laval, Québec, as well as the universities of Aix-Marseille, Toulon and Dijon.
Jean-Pierre Danthine is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and member of the Academia Europaea. He was a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, and Associate Editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics and Finance Research Letters. He held the position of President of the Academic Council of the Swiss Training Center for Investment Professionals, was a member of the Council of the European Economic Association and a member of the Scientific Councils of the Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications, Paris, the Centre de Recherche en Economie et en Statistique, Paris, and the Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Moreover, he was a member of the Economics Commission of the Belgian Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique and member of the Executive Committee of the Centre of Money and Banking Studies, Geneva.
From the year of its foundation in 2006 until 2009, Jean-Pierre Danthine was Managing Director of the Swiss Finance Institute, which collaborates closely with the leading Swiss universities, aiming to enhance cutting-edge, market-oriented research and teaching in the fields of banking and finance. He was formerly the Director of the International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering, Lausanne and Geneva, Vice-Rector of the University of Lausanne, Chairman of its Département d‘économétrie et d‘économie politique and Director of its Institute of Banking and Financial Management, now the Institute of Banking and Finance. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of CEPR, of the Macroeconomic Policy Group of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, and of the Scientific Council of the European Science Foundation Network in Financial Markets. Furthermore, he was Associate Editor of the European Economic Review, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Revue Finance.
His publications have appeared in Econometrica, in the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Public Economics, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics and many other journals.
With effect from the beginning of 2010, the Swiss Federal Council has appointed him a member of the Swiss National Bank‘s Governing Board and Head of Department III (Financial Markets, Banking Operations and Information Technology). On 18 April 2012, Jean-Pierre Danthine was appointed Vice Chairman of the Governing Board by the Federal Council and thereby also Head of Department II (Financial Stability, Cash, Finance and Risk).
Jean-Pierre Danthine holds dual Belgian/Swiss citizenship, is married and has two children.
Fritz Zurbrügg, Member of the Governing Board, Zurich
Fritz Zurbrügg was born in Zurich in 1960. After graduating from the Swiss School in Rome, Italy, he studied at the University of Bern, completing his degree in 1985 and his doctorate in 1989.
Also in 1989, Fritz Zurbrügg joined the Federal Finance Administration (FFA) in Berne. From 1992 to 1994, he worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington as an economist in the Africa Department, before returning to the FFA and assuming leadership of the IMF and International Finance section. From 1998 to 2006, he was Senior Advisor and Executive Director for Switzerland at the IMF in Washington, and represented the interests of Switzerland as well as those of Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia/Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on the Executive Board. After returning to Berne, he headed the Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalisation, Financial Statistics section. In April 2010, he was appointed Director of the Federal Finance Administration by the Federal Council; his responsibilities included drawing up the Confederation budget and financial plan, the implementation of the debt brake, as well as liquidity and debt management of the Confederation. He also represented Switzerland in domestic and international committees of experts on fiscal policy.
With effect from August 2012, the Federal Council appointed him Member of the SNB’s Governing Board and Head of Department III (Financial Markets, Banking Operations and Information Technology).
Fritz Zurbrügg is married and father of three sons.
Thomas Moser, Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Zurich
Thomas Moser, born in 1967, concluded his university studies in 1997 with a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Zurich. From 1994 to 1996, he was employed as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Zurich’s Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, and from 1996 to 1999, he was an economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute (formerly Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research) at ETH Zurich.
In 1999, he joined the SNB as an economist in the International Monetary Relations unit. He was in Washington from 2001 to 2004, working first as Advisor to the Swiss Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and then, from 2002, as Senior Advisor. After returning to Switzerland in 2004, he took up a position as Assistant Director and Deputy Head of the International Research and Technical Assistance unit at the SNB in Zurich. From early May 2006 to the end of 2009, he was Executive Director at the IMF in Washington, representing the Swiss-led constituency.
The Federal Council has appointed Thomas Moser Alternate Member of the Governing Board in Department I (Economic Affairs, International Affairs, Legal and Property Services) with effect from the beginning of 2010. He is also the Head of Economic Affairs.
Thomas Moser is married with two sons.
Thomas Wiedmer, Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Berne
Thomas Wiedmer was born on 23 September 1962 as citizen of Oberburg, canton of Berne. After his mandatory schooling in Muri-Gümligen, he completed the ‘Literargymnasium’ school in Berne-Kirchenfeld and obtained his school-leaving certificate (Matura). He studied economics and psychology at the University of Bern, completing his degree (Lizenziat) in 1990. In the following years, he was a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Applied Microeconomics in the Institute of Economics at the University of Bern and received his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in mathematical economics. In 1994/1995, with a Swiss National Science Foundation bursary, he spent some time as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (US).
After returning from the United States, Thomas Wiedmer was employed as a business analyst at Swiss Re. In 1997, he joined the Department of Finance of the Canton of Berne where he held the post of Deputy Secretary General and Chief Economist.
The Federal Council appointed him Alternate Member of the Governing Board with effect from 1 May 2000. As Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Wiedmer is responsible for Finance and Risk (Risk Management, Central Accounting and Controlling). From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, acting as a representative of the SNB, and co-chaired the Working Group on Liquidity.
In addition, Thomas Wiedmer is Chairman of the Foundation Board of the SNB vacation centre, hasli-zentrum, and a member of the Foundation Board of the Study Center Gerzensee. Both hasli-zentrum and the Study Center Gerzensee belong to the SNB. Thomas Wiedmer does not hold any board or consulting mandates outside the SNB.
Thomas Wiedmer has held a teaching position at the University of Bern since 2001, giving lectures on the topic of equilibrium, capital and growth. He has published a number of theoretical and empirically-oriented papers in renowned journals in different fields of economics. He was appointed to the position of Honorary Professor by the University of Bern with effect from 1 May 2012.
Thomas Wiedmer is married and has two children.
Dewet Moser, Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Zurich
Dewet Moser, born in 1960, holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He joined the Swiss National Bank in Zurich in 1986 as a Research Assistant. From 1990 to 1991, he held a research position at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in the US. From 1992, he headed the Monetary Operations advisory function at the SNB. From 1997 on, he was responsible for the establishment and leadership of the Risk Management function at the SNB.
In December 2006, he was appointed Alternate Member of the Governing Board by the Swiss Federal Council. In this position, Dewet Moser has headed the Financial Markets function of the SNB since May 2007 (including implementation of monetary policy, money market and foreign exchange, gold operations, asset management and financial market analysis / investment strategy).
Dewet Moser has four children.