As a universal bank we are involved in all dimensions of banking business. We offer our clients comprehensive solutions and in doing so generate added value. The bank's strategy and structure is therefore based on client needs. We provide a specific performance promise for each client segment and offer comprehensive advice based on our clients' needs ‒ throughout their lives. Our organisation has been structured with this in mind.
Zürcher Kantonalbank is an independent public law institution (selbständige öffentlich-rechtliche Anstalt) established and existing under the laws of Switzerland and the Canton of Zurich. The Board of Directors bears ultimate responsibility for the management of the bank and the supervision of the individuals entrusted with its operational management. As part of a structured process, it attends to the Group strategy on a twice-yearly basis, approves the consolidated risk inventory annually on the basis of a systematic analysis and deals with strategic risks. The Committee of the Board is responsible for the direct supervision of the Executive Board.
Here you’ll find an introduction to the Board of Directors and the Committee of the Board. The Board of Directors of Zürcher Kantonalbank comprises 13 members elected by the Cantonal Council, including the three full-time members of the Committee of the Board.
Jörg Müller-Ganz, who holds a doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. In October 2010, he joined the Committee of the Board. Between 1992 and 2010, he worked as a consultant, CEO and partner at the Helbling Group. During this time, he also lectured on the subject of corporate finance at various universities. Prior to that, he worked at Bank Vontobel and Credit Suisse. Jörg Müller-Ganz is a member of the Compensation & Personnel Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Opo Oeschger AG, Kloten.
János Blum, who holds a doctorate in mathematics from the ETH Zurich and a master's degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2002 and to the Committee of the Board in 2011. Between 1989 and 2011, he worked as an actuary. Following various positions at Swiss Re, he became Chief Actuary at Zurich Re and subsequently at Allianz Risk Transfer. He later worked for Milliman AG and as a partner for Prime Re Solutions AG, which both specialise in business consultancy in the areas of insurance and finance. János Blum is Chairman of the Management Committee of the Pension Fund and the Marienburg Foundation as well as a member of the Risk Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank. In addition, he is a partner in Blum Real GmbH, Hungary.
Roger Liebi joined the Bank Council of Zürcher Kantonalbank in July 2018. He was elected to the Committee of the Board in 2019. The highly experienced senior banker and SAQ-certified director is Managing Director of Roger Liebi Management & Consulting, which specialises in executive search and management consulting for SMEs and listed companies in addition to the management of sports persons. Having begun his career at UBS, Roger Liebi has since held management positions at Credit Suisse and Nordea Bank, among other organisations. Roger Liebi was a Zurich city councillor from 2002 to 2017 and a member of the cantonal parliament from 2015 to 2018. During that time, he chaired the parliament's Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxes. He is a member of Zürcher Kantonalbank’s IT committee.
Amr Abdelaziz joined the Board of Directors in July 2015. He studied law at the universities of Zurich and Geneva and completed a Master of European Law degree (L.L.M.) at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. The lawyer previously worked at CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd. in Zurich. Alongside his professional activities, Amr Abdelaziz has in the past served as a member of the municipal council and party group leader in Opfikon. Amr Abdelaziz is a member of the Audit and the Compensation & Personnel Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Prof Dr Adrian Bruhin has been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2020. Adrian Bruhin has been a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Lausanne since 2016, where he teaches and researches experimental and behavioural economics as well as financial stability. After completing his basic studies and doctorate at the University of Zurich from 2001 to 2008, he conducted research at the same location for another two years. He then worked as an economist at the Swiss National Bank for two years. His first appointment as assistant professor followed at the University of Lausanne in 2012. Adrian Bruhin is a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Audit Commission of the Municipality of Wetzikon and the Wetzikon-Seegräben School Commune. He is a member of the Audit and the Risk Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Bettina Furrer joined the Board of Directors in July 2019. She holds a doctorate in environmental science and is a member of the board of directors of the Technopark Winterthur and member of the extended energy research commission of the Swiss Academies of Arts a +. From 2017 to mid-2019 she was a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council of Basler Kantonalbank & Bank Cler. From 2012 to mid-2018, she headed the Institute for Sustainable Development of the ZHAW School of Engineering. Before that, she was a lecturer at the ZHAW and wrote her dissertation on "Corporate Climate Strategies and their Determinants - An Analysis of Banks' Responses to Climate Change" at ETH Zurich. Before she worked as a scientist, Bettina Furrer held various positions at UBS Group AG in the field of corporate responsibility. Bettina Furrer is a member of the Audit and the IT Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank.
He is also a member of the audit and risk committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank and the management committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank's pension fund. Before joining the Board, the Swiss certified banking specialist headed a branch of a major Swiss bank for several years. Prior to that, he worked in investment advisory services as well as in the mortgage and commercial lending business. Besides this role, René Huber has served as Mayor of Kloten since 2006 and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Glatt Valley transport authority (Verkehrsbetriebe Glattal AG).
Henrich Kisker joined the Board of Directors in July 2015. He holds a degree in business administration and accountancy. From 1992 to 2017, he was Director of Tax and Treasury with Senior plc in London as well as Managing Director of Senior Investments GmbH in Schaffhausen. He was previously with Arthur Andersen in Hamburg and Zurich. Henrich Kisker holds executive positions and directorships in a number of Swiss companies and is actively involved in various associations. He is a member of the Audit and the Risk Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank.
As the successor to Kurt Schreiber, Mark Roth has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1 September 2013. Moreover, he has been working as a member of the Executive Board and Head of Auditing for Budliger Treuhand AG in Zurich since 2009. From 2011 to 2014, he acted as finance delegate within the Executive Committee of the SP Zurich City. Prior to this, Mark Roth had worked for Itema (Switzerland) Ltd. in Rüti and Ernst & Young, Zurich, in Zurich and Amman, Jordan. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank and member of Zürcher Kantonalbank's pension fund.
Peter Ruff joined the Board of Directors in 2011. Having trained as an engineer, he has been the owner and CEO of Exploris AG since 2002. The company specialises in AI-based diagnostic and therapeutic solutions and data analysis for the healthcare industry and biotechnology sector. Previously, he helped build up the Ruf Group and was a member of the Group's Board of Directors from 1994 to 2017. Peter Ruff heads up the remuneration and human resources committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank and is a member of the management committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank's pension fund.
Walter Schoch joined the Board of Directors in July 2015 and chairs the IT Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and has spent much of his professional career in senior roles within the Swiss telecommunications industry. He also headed up the Swiss Mission Fellowship’s office in Winterthur. Walter Schoch was a member of the cantonal parliament from 2007 to 2015 and is a member of the Business Audit and Special Commission of Zürcher Kantonalbank. From 2007 to 2011 he served as a member of the Parliamentary Committee for the Supervision of Commercial Undertakings. Walter Schoch is a Justice of the Peace in the municipalities of Bauma, Wildberg and Wila and is a board member of various associations and institutions.
Anita Sigg joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and is a substitute member of the Committee of the Board. Since 2003, she has been a lecturer, project manager and most recently Head of the Centre for Banking and Finance at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. An economist, she is also a trustee of the Ökopolis Foundation. She previously held various managerial roles at Zürcher Kantonalbank within the Corporate Center and in the area of sales management. Anita Sigg is a member of the Risk Committee and the Compensation & Personnel Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Stefan Wirth joined the Board of Directors in 2011. A mechanical engineer and business administrator, he headed up software development at Credit Suisse Asset Management until 2003. He is an independent IT and organisational consultant and implements projects for various banks in his role as project manager and business engineer. Stefan Wirth is a member of the Compensation & Personnel Committee as well as the IT Committee of Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Martin Scholl has been a member of the Executive Board since 2002 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 June 2007. He was Head of Corporate Banking until 2005 and assumed the role of Head of Retail Banking in 2006. After completing his banking apprenticeship at Zürcher Kantonalbank, he was employed in various roles. In 2001, he headed up the Credit Management department, and between 1996 and 2001 he was Head of Distribution for Commercial and Corporate Clients. Martin Scholl is a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Bankers Association; Deputy Chairman of the Association of Swiss Cantonal Banks, Basel; member of the Board of Directors of Zürcher Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft, Zurich; member of the Board of Directors of Economiesuisse, Zurich; member of the Board of Directors of Venture Incubator AG, Zug; and member of the Board of Trustees of the FCZ Museum Foundation, Zurich.
Christoph Weber was appointed Head of Private Banking and a member of the Executive Board on 1 August 2008. Prior to that, he was Head of Private Banking North and a member of the Executive Board at Banca del Gottardo. From 2000 to 2006, Christoph Weber was a member of the Executive Board of AAM Privatbank AG, where he was responsible for sales to institutional and private clients and was a member of the senior management of Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank (BLKB). Christoph Weber is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zürcher Kantonalbank Österreich AG, Salzburg.
Jürg Bühlmann is the Head of Corporate Banking. He has been at Zürcher Kantonalbank since 1994. After starting out in Controlling, he moved to the Logistics business unit in 2002, where he subsequently held various departmental management positions. In 2012, he became Head of Logistics and a member of the Executive Board. In this capacity, he was responsible, among other things, for the further development of IT as well as for Operations and Real Estate. Jürg Bühlmann studied business administration at the University of Zurich, where he gained a doctorate. He has completed executive programmes at Stanford University and London Business School. Jürg Bühlmann has been a member of the Board of Directors of SIX since 2016.
On 1 April 2014, Stephanino Isele took on the role of Head of Institutionals & Multinationals. He studied economics at the University of Zurich before gaining a PhD in finance and accounting. Stephanino Isele joined Zürcher Kantonalbank in 2008, assuming responsibility for the Trade, Sales and Capital Market areas. Prior to working at Zürcher Kantonalbank, he held roles at J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, most recently in London as a Managing Director with a global leadership position in the Global Markets area.
Daniel Previdoli became Head of Products, Services & Direct Banking in October 2014. He has been a member of the Executive Board since December 2007 and was Head of Retail Banking for seven years. Prior to this, he spent 11 years with UBS where he was Head of Recovery Management Primaries between 1996 and 2002 before being appointed Head of Retail and Corporate Banking for the Zurich region. From 1987 until 1996, Daniel Previdoli worked at Credit Suisse and held various positions in both Switzerland and abroad. He is a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swisscanto Fund Management Company Ltd., Zurich, Member of the Board of Directors of Homegate AG, Zurich, and Deputy Chairman of the Greater Zurich Area Foundation Board, Zurich.
Rudolf Sigg was appointed Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Board on 27 November 2008. He had been Head of Controlling & Accounting since 2007. For the 12 years prior to that, Rudolf Sigg had overall responsibility for Controlling, which was integrated into Central Risk Controlling in 2000. Rudolf Sigg has been with Zürcher Kantonalbank since 1977. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bond Institution of the Swiss Cantonal Banks, Zurich.
As of 1 January 2014, Roger Müller was appointed the new Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Board. He had previously worked as Deputy Head of the Risk unit and was responsible for the Credit Office. After completing his banking apprenticeship at Zürcher Kantonalbank, Roger Müller worked in various roles in the areas of risk management and sales. These roles included heading up the Central Analysis unit and acting as Deputy Sales Manager for business and corporate clients.
Remo Schmidli has been Head of IT, Operations & Real Estate and a member of the Executive Board since 1 July 2019. He has been with Zürcher Kantonalbank since 2001, holding various positions in IT and project managment. Since 2014, he has headed up the Multichannel Management division. In this capacity, Remo Schmidli has helped shape the bank's digitisation roadmap and – together with his team – develop the innovation laboratory, thereby further strengthening the bank's position in mobile and e-banking. Remo Schmidli has a degree in computer science and an Executive Master of Business Administration (ZFH) from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Fintech Innovations.