Executive Board

Roman Studer

Roman Studer (1977), CEO of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

Roman Studer has an in-depth knowledge of the financial industry and many years’ experience as a senior manager and lecturer on economic policy and the financial markets.

He was Head Governmental Affairs Switzerland at UBS from 2018 to mid-2023, with a remit covering all regulatory and economic policy developments in Switzerland of relevance to the bank. Prior to that, from 2012 to 2017, he was Chief Operating Officer of the UBS Center for Economics in Society in the University of Zurich’s Department of Economics. The Center promotes economic research as well as dialogue between academia, business, politics and the broader public.

Roman Studer studied politics, economics and economic history at the University of Zurich as well as at Oxford University, where he obtained a PhD in economic history and also taught and researched. He was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has been a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen since 2013. His first post in the private sector was as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where his responsibilities included advising multinational financial institutions.

Roman Studer has been CEO of the SBA since August 2023.

August Benz

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

Since July 2017, August Benz is Head of Private Banking and Asset Management at the SBA and, since December 2017, he is Deputy CEO of the office. He is responsible for all matters relating to Private Banking, Asset Management, Europe, digitalisation and sustainable finance. Since April 2022, he is President of the Swiss Financial Sector Cyber Security Centre (FS-CSC). He has also been on the Board of the Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS) since September 2020.

He started his time at UBS in 1999 and held various management positions. He was head of UBS Asset Management’s global strategy department. He was responsible for leading and restructuring Europe’s largest fund platform and for leading the B2B distribution in Switzerland. He built up UBS Asset Management’s global distribution management function and was Head Client Servicing, with global responsibility for establishing and implementing client servicing standards.

He has a proven track record in the finance industry and is well acquainted with the various aspects of financial market regulation. He has a Ph.D. in political science from St. Gallen University and a Master of Science from Edinburgh University.

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.