Executive Board

Jörg Gasser

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.

Jörg Gasser began his career at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working 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, among other things, for a sustainable and competitive business location and financial centre. Most recently, he was State Secretary of the Federal Department of Finance and head 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 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), 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.

Oliver Buschan

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

Oliver Buschan is an economist and has 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, he was the group-wide Head of Corporate Governance at UBS, where among other things, he was responsible for organisational development projects and 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.