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.