Executive Board

The Executive Board of BCGE is a permanent management and control body. It operates collectively and is representative of the major operational and strategic functions of the Bank and its divisions.

Executive Board

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Born 19 August 1972, Swiss national

Professional background

Master’s degree (MSc) in business management from the University of Neuchâtel.

Executive Committee Member from 1992 onwards and Chairman of Junior Entreprise from 1994 onwards at the University of Neuchâtel. Cernier Municipal adviser in 1993 and Chairman from 1994 onwards.
From 1996 onwards, Junior SME Client Manager at Credit Suisse, followed by various operational and management roles in Credit Risk Management in Lausanne and Zurich. From 2007 to 2008, Credit Officer for financial institutions in New York. From 2008 onwards, successively Head of Credit Recovery, then Head of Credit Risk Management Corporate Business for French-speaking Switzerland. As of 2015, Head of Credit Risk Management Corporate Business for Switzerland. From 2018 to 2023, Chief Credit Officer for the Swiss Division at Credit Suisse (Switzerland) in Zurich. At the same time, Member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Hypotheken AG, Zurich (as of 2018), as well as Member and Chairman of the Risk Committee, then Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank-now in Zurich until 2023.

Chairman of the Executive Board of Banque Cantonale de Genève from 6 March 2024 onwards.

Other positions
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Capital Transmission SA
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dimension SA
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Banque Cantonale de Genève France SA
  • Vice Chairman, Institut Supérieur de Formation Bancaire
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Union des Banques Cantonales Suisses
  • Member of the Board, Investissements Fonciers SA and La Foncière
  • Member of the Board, Fondation de prévoyance professionnelle de la BCGE (BCGE pension fund)

Head of the Finance (CFO), Deputy to the CEO, Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

born on 25 June 1974,  French nationality

Professional career

Frédéric Vernet is trained in Computer Engineering and Robotics, holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the IAE in Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Lyon. He began his career in 1999 as a Project Engineer at Capgemini Ernst & Young. He joined BCGE in 2003 as head of the Credit+ project, where he contributed to the implementation of a new front-to-back credit granting process. From 2006 to 2008, he was head of the Network Management & Business Development department of the Retail & Networks division for two years. In 2007, he created the MIS function, attached to the Finance and Risk Management division, where he developed the bank's analytical reporting model.

From 2012 and 2020, he was head of the Financial Control department where he was the architect of the strategic and financial plan in its original and influential design. As of 1 January 2021, he is a member of the Executive Board as Head of the Finance Division (CFO).

Head of the Operations Division

born 10 September 1968, Belgian nationality

Professional career
Degree in commercial and financial sciences from ICHEC, Brussels.
Worked in 1993 at Dexia Luxembourg in the Capital Markets Department. From September 1993 to June 1997, project manager in the Information Risk Management Department at KPMG. From June 1997 to March 2002, assistant manager, Head Business Development at ING Baring Private Bank, in Geneva. In April 2002, member of the BCGE Executive Board, head of the Organisation Department and interim head of the IT Department.
Since July 2003, member of the Executive Board. Since February 2006, head of the Organisation and Information Technologies Division. Since January 2020, head of the Operations Division.

Head of the Geneva Division

born 24 April 1970, Swiss nationality

Professional career
A holder of a postgraduate degree in business administration from the University of Lausanne, a federal diploma as a marketing technician, an SAQ Individual Client advisor certificate and an Advanced Management Diploma from the Executive School of the Universiy of St. Gallen (ES-HSG), Pierrette Jaton Klopfenstein was initially active in the field of pension planning (with Swiss Life) and then marketing (BCV). She joined the BCGE in 2003 as a product manager before heading the Business Development function. She subsequently managed various departments: Head of Marketing (2007-2011), Chief of Staff for the Executive Board (2011-2012), Head of Logistics (2012-2013) then Head of the Centre Sector of the Geneva Division. She has been appointed as a member of the executive board, head of this same division as of 1 April 2018.

Head of the Corporate Division

born 2 June 1970, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Has a Master's degree in financial engineering from ESLSCA, Paris. More than 20 years of professional experience in various positions with banking institutions in France and Switzerland. Joined the Corporate Finance department of BCGE in 2008 before taking over as Head of the department in 2010; Managing Director of Capital Transmission, a BCGE subsidiary active in private equity. In January 2020 appointed member of the Executive Board and head of the Corporate Division.

Head of the International Clients Division

born 17 September 1968, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Studied Agricultural Engineering at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich. From 1994 to 2001, held various functions within the Correspondent Banking department of Bank Kreiss AG in Frankfort. Joined Banque Cantonal de Genève's Bank Relations department in 2001 as an executive, Member of the Executive Board in 2004; Head of the Financial Institutions and Public Bodies department in 2007, Head of the Banks and International Institutions unit in 2011. In July 2016, Head of the Banks and Insurances unit and the Multinationals and International Institutions department. In January 2017, member of the Executive Board, head of the Corporate and Institutional Clients Division. In July 2020, member of the Executive Board, Head of the International Division.

Head of the Asset Management division

born 19 December 1964, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Urs Ziegler holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA®). He began his career with Swiss Bank Corporation, becoming Head of Product Management in the Corporate and Institutional Clients department after its merger with UBS. In 1998, he joined Julius Bär Asset Management as a Sales and Relationship Manager. He then joined Banque Cantonale Vaudoise in 2006 to head the Business Development of the Asset Management Division. In December 2020, he became Head of the BCGE's Asset Management business unit. In January 2022, he was appointed member of the Executive Board and Head of the Asset Management Division.

Head of the Legal and Compliance Division.

born on 7 April 1962, Swiss and French nationality

Professional career
Holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and the bar exam from the Geneva Bar Association. Joined the Legal department of UBS in 1987, then joined Banque Populaire Suisse in Geneva (now Credit Suisse) in 1995 as Head of the Legal department. 1997-2003, administrative director of the Legal Department of Suisse Romande Private Banking and Retail as well as member of management. In 2004, he joined BNP Paribas Private Bank (Switzerland) SA as deputy head of the Private Banking Legal Department and member of management. In 2007, he joined Crédit Agricole (Suisse) SA as head of the Legal Department of the Private Banking division. During this period, he was the representative of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland in the working group of the Swiss Bankers Association's legal affairs sub-committee in charge of revising the directive on the management mandate. At the beginning of 2010, he joined the BCGE Group as head of the Legal Department (CEO Office). In 2015, he was appointed Head of the Legal and Litigation business unit. Since 1 January 2020, he has been responsible for the Legal, Compliance and Litigation business unit attached to the Finance division.
In January 2022, he was appointed member of the Executive Board, in charge of the newly created Legal and Compliance Division.