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UBS Hires Andy Blocker as a Managing Director for US Public Policy
UBS Global Asset Management today announced the appointment of John UBS today announced that it has hired Ananias (Andy) Blocker as a Managing Director in its US Office of Public Policy. Blocker is based in Washington, DC and will represent UBS on banking, securities and other financial services issues on Capitol Hill and the executive branch. He reports to John Savercool, Head of US Public Policy.
"UBS is committed to maintaining a constructive, ongoing dialogue with legislators and policymakers," said Robert Wolf, Chairman and CEO of UBS Americas. "Andy's deep public policy experience will bolster our bipartisan office and representation in the nation's capital."
Blocker, 40, is a veteran Washington advocate with almost 20 years of experience in Congress, the White House, and private sector. He joins UBS from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where he was Vice President of Government Relations, focusing on a range of market structure, corporate governance, international and tax Issues. Prior to joining the NYSE, he was Managing Director for Governmental Affairs at American Airlines, where he managed international route negotiation and led the company's efforts to obtain liability relief post 9/11. During his tenure in the public sector, Blocker worked for Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX), the Senate Budget Committee, and the Clinton White House where he contributed to the passage of the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
"We are very pleased to add Andy to our team," said Savercool. "Andy is a well-respected leader in Washington and will help direct our firm's broad public policy agenda in this challenging legislative and regulatory environment."
Blocker holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is one of the world's leading financial firms. It serves a discerning, international client base with its wealth management, investment banking and asset management businesses. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.
UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in over 50 countries, with about 38% of its employees working in the Americas, 34% in Switzerland, 15% in the rest of Europe and 13% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs more than 75,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).
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New York , April 28, 2009