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A leading personal and corporate bank in Switzerland
UBS is Switzerland’s leading universal bank. And Switzerland is the only country where we’re active in retail banking, corporate and institutional banking, wealth management, asset management and investment banking.
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The functions of Chairman of the Board of Directors (the BoD) and Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO) are assigned to two different people, ensuring a separation of power. The BoD delegates the management of the business to the Group Executive Board (the GEB).
Board of Directors
The BoD of UBS Group AG, led by the Chairman, consists of between 6 and 12 members, as per our Articles of Association. Shareholders elect each member of the BoD individually.
The BoD of UBS Group AG has five permanent committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, and the Risk Committee. They assist the BoD in the performance of its responsibilities.
In 2020, the BoD met 23 times, next to numerous committee meetings. The average duration of the meetings was 105 minutes. 15 BoD meetings were attended by the GEB.
BoD geographic diversity in 2020
Group Executive Board
All members of the GEB, with the exception of the Group CEO, are proposed by the Group CEO. The appointments are approved by the BoD. In 2020, the GEB held 69 meetings.
GEB geographic diversity in 2020
The general meeting of shareholders is the supreme corporate body of UBS. It must be held within six months of the close of each financial year. In 2020, physical attendance at our general meetings was not possible, due to COVID-19-related restrictions, and voting rights could only be exercised through the independent proxy. The same setup is planned for our annual general meeting on 8 April 2021.
Group Internal Audit
Group Internal Audit performs the internal auditing function for the Group. It supports the BoD in discharging its governance responsibilities by taking a dynamic approach to audit, issue assurance and risk assessment, calling attention to key risks in order to drive action to prevent unexpected loss or damage to the firm’s reputation.
While safeguarding their independence, the external auditors closely coordinate their work with Group Internal Audit. The Audit Committee and, ultimately, the Board of Directors supervise the effectiveness of audit work.