Executive Board

Jörg Gasser

Jörg Gasser (1969), MA, 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.

Jörg Gasser began his career at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he spent ten years working in the Near and Middle East. He subsequently occupied senior positions with the Swiss government, including interim Director of the Federal Office for Migration, and Secretary General of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and the Federal Department of Finance (FDF). In 2016, the Federal Council appointed him to the post of State Secretary of the Federal Department of Finance, where he was responsible for developing and implementing Switzerland’s international financial and tax policy, as well as its financial market regulation. In 2018, the magazine Bilanz named him as a “digital shaper”, one of the leaders in digitalisation in Switzerland.

Jörg Gasser has a master’s degree in economics and international relations from the University of Zurich as well as a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

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

August Benz

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

August Benz started his banking career as a strategic consultant at UBS in 1999, working in the bank’s Corporate Center, and from 2006 held various management positions at UBS Asset Management. He was head of UBS Asset Management’s global strategy department for a number of years. Following this, he was responsible for leading and restructuring Europe’s largest fund platform to equip it for a world without retrocessions. He was also responsible for leading the B2B distribution of UBS funds in Switzerland. Over the course of several years, he built up UBS Asset Management’s global distribution management function. His most recent position at UBS was as Head Client Servicing, with responsibility for establishing and implementing global client servicing standards. He has a proven track record in the banking industry and is well acquainted with the various aspects of financial market regulation. August Benz has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of St. Gallen.

Since July 2017, August Benz has been Head of Private Banking and Asset Management at the SBA and, since December 2017, Deputy CEO. He is also responsible for all matters relating to Europe, digitalisation and sustainable finance.

Oliver Buschan

Oliver Buschan (1972), MA, Head of Retail Banking & Capital Markets, Member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

Oliver Buschan is an economist with many years of experience at various banks and in financial market supervision. He has comprehensive knowledge of both the banking business and financial market regulation. He began his career at Credit Suisse, where he held various roles in IT, controlling and as an investment consultant before joining FINMA in 2000. He spent 11 years at FINMA in various leadership positions, after which he returned to the financial sector in 2011, where he led a number of complex reorganisation, innovation and digitalisation projects. Most recently, Oliver Buschan was the group-wide Head of Corporate Governance at UBS where, among other things, he was responsible for organisational development projects and the UBS Group’s overall policy framework.

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.