Senior leadership nominations at UBS
Sergio P. Ermotti appointed UBS Group CEO
Axel Weber to succeed Kaspar Villiger as Chairman of the Board as of 2012
Zurich/Basel, 15 November 2011 - The Board of Directors of UBS (BoD) has appointed Sergio P. Ermotti Group Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. He has held the position of Group CEO on an interim basis since 24 September 2011. The BoD decided to appoint Mr. Ermotti as permanent CEO after it completed a comprehensive evaluation process.
Chairman of the BoD Kaspar Villiger has decided to accelerate the leadership change at UBS and will not stand for re-election to the BoD at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 3 May 2012. Axel Weber, who was to have been nominated to be Vice Chairman of the BoD, has now been proposed to succeed Mr. Villiger as its Chairman should he be elected at the AGM.
The BoD and the Group Executive Board have now determined UBS's future positioning and the BoD has confirmed its strategy. The details will be presented at UBS's Investor Day in New York on 17 November 2011. The BoD has authorized Mr. Ermotti and his management team to execute the new strategy with the utmost stringency and diligence.
Mr. Villiger said: "I want to thank my colleagues on the Board, senior management and the entire staff at UBS. I am proud of what we have achieved during a very difficult time in our bank's history. I am happy to announce that two highly competent, experienced professionals with complementary skills will assume leadership of the bank. Now we have stabilized UBS, turned it into one of the world's best capitalized financial institutions, and defined its future strategy. I feel it is time to accelerate the planned leadership change at the highest levels of the bank. The nomination of Mr. Weber as Chairman of the Board and the appointment of Mr. Ermotti as Group CEO will bring essential stability and clarity to UBS. It will enable the bank to master the many current economic challenges and regulatory changes facing it, and will ensure its success over the long term for clients, shareholders and employees."
Mr. Ermotti, Group CEO of UBS, said: "I thank the Board for demonstrating its confidence in me. Together with our management team and our employees, I will execute our strategy, which plays to our many strengths. This strategy will be centered on our leading wealth management businesses and our position as the strongest universal bank in Switzerland. A focused, less complex and less capital-intensive Investment Bank and our asset management business are also key elements for growing our wealth management franchise. To credibly serve the needs of our core wealth management clients, these businesses must each be strong and successful in meeting the needs of their corporate, sovereign, and institutional clients. Our industry-leading capital position gives us a significant competitive advantage, particularly during these challenging times."
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