After living in no fewer than 13 different cities across the globe, Kirt Gardner now calls Zurich his home.
Kirt Gardner has been Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at UBS since January 2016. After living in no fewer than 13 different cities across the US, Latin America, Asia and Europe, he now calls Zurich his home.
Kirt has worked for decades in the financial services industry. Originally from the US, he joined UBS almost four years ago in Zurich, where he relishes the opportunity to walk to work for the first time in his career. “Zurich is a wonderful city, very cosmopolitan, with a very high standard of living,” he says.
In January 2016, Kirt was appointed UBS Group CFO. “It is a privilege to be the Group CFO of what, in my opinion, is the best bank in Europe, and one of the premier banks in the world. That is one of the reasons why I came to UBS,” he readily confides. Coming from a man who has held senior management positions at several international financial institutions, this is a strong statement.
After arriving in Switzerland, Kirt quickly noticed the difference in the local work style. “Business dealings in New York are much more direct in nature than here,” he says, while praising Switzerland’s work culture. He characterizes UBS as being more consensus-based than the banks he previously worked at. He also acknowledges UBS’s high quality standards.
Kirt's past experience in sports may have helped shape his professional role today. He played American football and rugby competitively for years. His position in rugby, known as number 8, is a crucial link between the team’s backs and forwards, a playmaker responsible for both strategy and execution. Although now retired from the sport, he blocks out a weekly time slot to go to the gym or play tennis.