The women to watch in Swiss finance in 2022

From the majestic corridors of the Swiss central bank to one of Geneva’s most exclusive banking dynasties – on the eight women who will mark Swiss finance next year.

Florence Schnydrig-Moser said she did not intend to become the CEO of Switzerland’s largest public bank in an interview with As the new head of the private bank of Zuercher Kantonalbank, she will nevertheless leave her mark when she finishes consolidating her wealth management service into a single central unit. As one of the few managers with leading experience in the Swiss financial center, she can also be counted on in the future.

Andrea Maechler is the first woman to sit on the three-member board of directors of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). Will she also become the first woman president of the central bank? Speculation on his rise is rife after fellow director Fritz Zurbruegg has announced plans to step down next year. The Swiss government has confirmed that of Thomas Jordan presidency until 2027, leaving enough time for US-trained economist Maechler to establish himself.

Marlene Amstad joined the Federal Financial Market Supervisory Authority, or Finma, after teaching economics and finance in Shenzhen at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since she became president of the regulator last January, she has ushered in a new “suptech” era within the institution. Amstad is Honorary Professor at the University of Bern and Senior Fellow at Harvard University.


Sabine Doebeli has been driving sustainable finance in Switzerland for over 25 years. In addition to being Managing Director of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF), she also advises the Federal Council on international cooperation as a member of the government advisory committee. With sustainability gaining ground in Swiss finance, there will be no getting around it.

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Sabine Keller-Busse had a huge year: his new boss, the CEO of UBS Ralph hamer, entrusted her with the Swiss giant’s home business and took up an important position on the insurance board a few months later. Keller-Busse has also become a pillar of the financial center at large, in particular thanks to her role on the board of directors of the stock exchange operator SIX, which she abandoned this year after nine years. In the event that Hamers is forced to step down following a new money laundering investigation, the German and Swiss Keller-Busse are a likely candidate to replace him.

Marion leslie is an Anglo-Australian tech executive who has spent the past two years turning around the data arm of the Swiss stock exchange – an attempt to make it competitive with established players like Bloomberg and Refinitiv, where she has spent most of her career . Its mandate is to increase the revenue of the long-neglected data sector to a quarter by 2025.

Ariane de Rothschild (whose image illustrates this part) who began her career in metals and forex trading and became baroness by marriage, this year took over the management of Edmond de Rothschild following the death of her husband, Benjamin de Rothschild. The Frenchwoman quickly denied she would sell, advanced a key ally and enlisted the former Amundi boss Yves perrier. Next year, his task is to keep wealth and asset manager’s 175 billion Swiss francs ($ 190 billion) on a level playing field and out of the headlines, after a surge in activity. and speculation since 2016.

Joanna Hannaford is on the verge of becoming Credit Suisse’s most experienced technologist. The British native looks back on a 24-year career at Goldman Sachs and is now expected to join the Swiss bank’s board on January 1. The computer scientist, who will lead the bank’s technology and operations, is a strong advocate for integrating young women into engineering and STEM activities.

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Compiled by Jade Cano, Samuel Gerber and Katharina Bart

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