Michel Demaré

Board of Directors - Portrait Michel Demaré

Belgian and Swiss, born 1956

Year of initial election to UBS 2009

Functions at UBS Group AG

Independent Vice Chairman / member of the Audit Committee / member of the Compensation Committee / member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

Year of initial election to UBS Group AG: 2014
Year of initial election to UBS AG: 2009

Professional history and education

Michel Demaré was elected to the BoD of UBS AG at the 2009 AGM and of UBS Group AG in November 2014. In April 2010, he was appointed independent Vice Chairman for the first time. He has been a member of the Audit Committee since 2009 and the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2010. He became a member of the Compensation Committee in 2013. Mr. Demaré was Chairman of the Board of Syngenta from 2013 to June 2017 and retired as its Vice Chairman in December 2017. He joined ABB in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and as a member of the Group Executive Committee. Michel Demaré stepped down from his function in ABB in January 2013. Between February and August 2008, he acted as the interim CEO of ABB. From September 2008 to March 2011, he combined his role as CFO with that of President of Global Markets. Mr. Demaré joined ABB from Baxter International Inc., where he was CFO Europe from 2002 to 2005. Prior to this, he spent 18 years at the Dow Chemical Company, holding various treasury and risk management positions in Belgium, France, the US and Switzerland. Between 1997 and 2002, Mr. Demaré was CFO of the Global Polyolefins and Elastomers division. He began his career as an officer in the multinational banking division of Continental Illinois National Bank of Chicago, and was based in Antwerp. Mr. Demaré graduated with an MBA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and holds a degree in applied economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Other activities and functions

  • Board member of Vodafone Group Plc
  • Board member of Louis-Dreyfus Commodities Holdings BV
  • Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IMD, Lausanne
  • Advisory Board member of the Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich