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Executive Board

Jörg Gasser
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Jörg Gasser (1969), lic. oec. publ. University of Zurich, CEO Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

Jörg Gasser has long-standing experience and a broad-based track record in domestic as well as international politics, diplomacy and financial market policy.

Following his studies in economics and international relations at the University of Zurich, he began his career at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he led many negotiations in the Near and Middle East. In senior positions with the Swiss government, including Policy Adviser in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Secretary General (Chief of Staff) of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and afterwards of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), he advocated for a sustainable and competitive business location and financial centre as well as for lean regulation. Most recently, he was State Secretary of the State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF). In this position, he played an important role in shaping the Swiss financial centre. In 2018, the magazine Bilanz designated him a “digital shaper”, one of the leaders in digitalisation in Switzerland.

Jörg Gasser has been CEO of the Swiss Bankers Association since May 2019.

August Benz
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August Benz (1969), Dr. rer. publ. HSG, Head Private Banking and Asset Management, Deputy CEO of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA).

In 1999, August Benz started as a strategic consultant at UBS in the bank’s Corporate Center and starting in 2006, held various management positions at UBS Asset Management. Benz, who has a Ph.D. in political science, was most recently Head Client Servicing, with global responsibility for the establishment and implementation of client servicing standards across all regions, channels and customer segments. He has a proven track record in the banking business and is well-acquainted with the various aspects of financial market regulation.

August Benz has been Head Private Banking and Asset Management since July 2017 and Deputy CEO of the SBA since December 2017.

Nicolas Hug

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Nicolas Hug (born 1966), lic. rer. pol. (Masters in Business Administration and Economics), Human Resources Manager (SKP), Head Operations, Member of the Executive Board of the SBA

Nicolas Hug has extensive practical experience in Human Resources and procurement, as well as in the financial sector. Before joining the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) in 2016, he headed two big municipal administrative authorities. He has held a number of leadership roles in private industry including in the pharma and financial sectors, as well as in the service industry. His previous positions include overall responsibility for Human Resources at Messe Schweiz, a role he held for several years, and Head Sourcing Marketing & Communications at Novartis Pharma AG. Nicolas Hug graduated from the University of Basel in 1996 with a degree in Business Administration and Economics, with a specialisation in Marketing, Human Resources and Social Policy. From 2000 until 2002, he pursued higher education training in Human Resources and received certification as a Huma Resources Manager from the SKP (Swiss higher educational courses for Human Resources Management).
Nicolas Hug is married and the father of five daughters. He lives with his family in Hochwald (Canton Solothurn).

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Silvan Lipp

Silvan Lipp (born 1982), Dr. phil., Head Communications & Public Affairs, Member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA).

Silvan Lipp has been Head Communications & Public Affairs and a Member of the Executive Board of the SBA since July 2017. In the five years prior to this, he held senior roles at UBS AG in the Public Affairs department, most recently as Deputy Head Governmental Affairs Switzerland. Before joining UBS, Silvan Lipp worked at Economiesuisse and led a number of campaign projects, among others in the Communications department. Silvan Lipp studied history, economics and German literature at the University of Fribourg, and obtained his PhD for his thesis on the history of Swiss economic policy.