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UBS appoints Chris Gibson-Smith as Vice Chairman to UK Investment Banking business
London, 11 July 2016 - UBS today announces the appointment of Chris Gibson-Smith as Vice Chairman of Corporate Client Solutions, EMEA. Chris will work directly with the co-Heads of the UK Investment Banking business, William Barter and David James, based in the London office.
Chris brings to UBS more than 40 years' experience across a wide range of sectors including oil, aviation and banking.
He has nearly 30 years' cumulative FTSE100 main board experience, 20 of which in the role of Chairman. Most notably, Chris was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group plc from 2003 to 2015, and Chairman of The British Land Company plc from 2007 until 2012.
Chris has served on UK Government advisory committees on aviation and oil and gas and was awarded the CBE in 2011 for his services to the financial industry. He is also currently Chairman of Partnership Assurance, a role he took on in 2013 and will retain alongside his role at UBS.
His appointment comes on the back of a number of recent wins for the UK Corporate Broking business, most notably EasyJet, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and BHP Billiton and the recent hire of Ian Hart as Co-Chairman of UK Investment Banking.
William Vereker, Head of Corporate Client Solutions, EMEA said: "We are thrilled to have someone of Chris's calibre join the business; he is the embodiment of the wise counsel and advisory experience that we endeavour to provide for our clients and his significant board experience and strong network will be instrumental in helping us to drive the success of the UK Investment Banking business.''
Chris Gibson-Smith, Vice Chairman Corporate Client Solutions, UBS said: "In UBS I am joining an organization possessed of clear strategic direction and an impressive bench of experienced and talented people. The bank's focus on building long-term client relationships and providing the highest quality advice is its hallmark, and a source of huge growth potential.
"I look forward to working with the rest of the management team to help continue the success of UBS's UK investment banking business."
UBS Group AG