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UBS appoints Hubertus Kuelps as Group Head of Communications

Zurich/Basel Media Switzerland


UBS today announced that Hubertus Kuelps will join the firm as its new Group Head of Communications effective January 1, 2013. He will have global responsibility for UBS's communications and branding and will be based in Zurich, reporting to Ulrich Körner, Group COO and CEO Corporate Center.

Kuelps joins UBS from SAP, the global leader in business software, where he has been Head of Global Communications for the past two years. Prior to SAP, Kuelps spent 11 years at Allianz SE, a leading international financial services company, where he last served as Head of Communications for Allianz of America. Previous roles included Chief Operating Officer of Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia as well as department head and financial spokesperson at Allianz Group Communications in Munich. Before joining Allianz, Kuelps was Head of Communications at the German-American Chamber of Commerce in New York. He holds a German law degree and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in the US.

"Hubertus’ proven track record in communications and operational business roles combined with his extensive financial services expertise make him the ideal candidate for this position", commented Ulrich Körner, Group COO and CEO Corporate Center. "His broad experience in Asia, America and Europe will bring a distinctive international perspective to the role”, he added.

Kuelps will succeed Michael Willi, who expressed his wish in the summer to pursue other opportunities after 20 years with the firm, over four years of which were spent leading the global communications and branding function. Ulrich Körner said "Michael has been a key leader in the firm during both times of crisis and of growth. He successfully built and led a global, multi-cultural communications organization. The Group Executive Board thanks Michael for his excellent work and wishes him all the best for the future.”


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