Executive Board

The Executive Board of BCGE is a permanent management and control body. It operates collectively and is representative of the major operational and strategic functions of the Bank and its divisions.

Executive Board


born 1 September 1957, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Holder of a degree from the Ecole des HEC at the University of Lausanne. From 1982, auditor with Pricewaterhouse in Geneva. In 1985, Deputy Vice President - Capital Markets at Credit Suisse in Zurich, then in New York as an executive in the Corporate Banking Department. From 1990, member of the management, head of the Suisse romande, Berne and Basle regions for Corporate Finance. In 1993, responsible for Corporate Finance, private companies, for all of Switzerland. In 1995, appointed by the Council of State of the Canton of Vaud as head of the State Finances Department. From 1998 to 2000, managing director of Banque Fiduciary Trust, Geneva, institutional and private management, the Swiss subsidiary of that banking group, based in New York. CEO of Banque Cantonale de Genève since 1st October 2000.

Other activities
  • Chairman of the supervisory board of Banque Cantonale de Genève (France) SA
  • Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Centrale de lettres de gage SA. Director of La Foncière, Investissements Fonciers SA
  • Member of the committee of the Board of Directors of Union des Banques Cantonales Suisses
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Bankers Association
  • Member of the council of the Fondation Genève Place Financière
  • Vice-president of the Institut Supérieur de Formation Bancaire at Geneva
  • Member of the committee of the Society for Economics and Social Studies at Lausanne
  • Member of the committee of the Chambre Genevoise Immobilière.
  • Member of the Dudley Wright Foundation Council, Geneva.
  • Chairman of Capital Transmission SA, Geneva
  • Chairman of Dimension SA, Lausanne
  • Member of the committee of economiesuisse, Delegate SwissBanking Swiss Bankers Association

Head of the Finance (CFO), Deputy to the CEO, Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

born on 25 June 1974,  French nationality

Professional career

Frédéric Vernet is trained in Computer Engineering and Robotics, holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the IAE in Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Lyon. He began his career in 1999 as a Project Engineer at Capgemini Ernst & Young. He joined BCGE in 2003 as head of the Credit+ project, where he contributed to the implementation of a new front-to-back credit granting process. From 2006 to 2008, he was head of the Network Management & Business Development department of the Retail & Networks division for two years. In 2007, he created the MIS function, attached to the Finance and Risk Management division, where he developed the bank's analytical reporting model.

From 2012 and 2020, he was head of the Financial Control department where he was the architect of the strategic and financial plan in its original and influential design. As of 1 January 2021, he is a member of the Executive Board as Head of the Finance Division (CFO).

Head of the Operations Division

born 10 September 1968, Belgian nationality

Professional career
Degree in commercial and financial sciences from ICHEC, Brussels.
Worked in 1993 at Dexia Luxembourg in the Capital Markets Department. From September 1993 to June 1997, project manager in the Information Risk Management Department at KPMG. From June 1997 to March 2002, assistant manager, Head Business Development at ING Baring Private Bank, in Geneva. In April 2002, member of the BCGE Executive Board, head of the Organisation Department and interim head of the IT Department.
Since July 2003, member of the Executive Board. Since February 2006, head of the Organisation and Information Technologies Division. Since January 2020, head of the Operations Division.

Head of the Geneva Division

born 24 April 1970, Swiss nationality

Professional career
A holder of a postgraduate degree in business administration from the University of Lausanne, a federal diploma as a marketing technician, an SAQ Individual Client advisor certificate and an Advanced Management Diploma from the Executive School of the Universiy of St. Gallen (ES-HSG), Pierrette Jaton Klopfenstein was initially active in the field of pension planning (with Swiss Life) and then marketing (BCV). She joined the BCGE in 2003 as a product manager before heading the Business Development function. She subsequently managed various departments: Head of Marketing (2007-2011), Chief of Staff for the Executive Board (2011-2012), Head of Logistics (2012-2013) then Head of the Centre Sector of the Geneva Division. She has been appointed as a member of the executive board, head of this same division as of 1 April 2018.

Head of the Corporate Division

born 2 June 1970, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Has a Master's degree in financial engineering from ESLSCA, Paris. More than 20 years of professional experience in various positions with banking institutions in France and Switzerland. Joined the Corporate Finance department of BCGE in 2008 before taking over as Head of the department in 2010; Managing Director of Capital Transmission, a BCGE subsidiary active in private equity. In January 2020 appointed member of the Executive Board and head of the Corporate Division.

Head of the International Clients Division

born 17 September 1968, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Studied Agricultural Engineering at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich. From 1994 to 2001, held various functions within the Correspondent Banking department of Bank Kreiss AG in Frankfort. Joined Banque Cantonal de Genève's Bank Relations department in 2001 as an executive, Member of the Executive Board in 2004; Head of the Financial Institutions and Public Bodies department in 2007, Head of the Banks and International Institutions unit in 2011. In July 2016, Head of the Banks and Insurances unit and the Multinationals and International Institutions department. In January 2017, member of the Executive Board, head of the Corporate and Institutional Clients Division. In July 2020, member of the Executive Board, Head of the International Division.

Head of the Asset Management division

born 19 December 1964, Swiss nationality

Professional career
Urs Ziegler holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA®). He began his career with Swiss Bank Corporation, becoming Head of Product Management in the Corporate and Institutional Clients department after its merger with UBS. In 1998, he joined Julius Bär Asset Management as a Sales and Relationship Manager. He then joined Banque Cantonale Vaudoise in 2006 to head the Business Development of the Asset Management Division. In December 2020, he became Head of the BCGE's Asset Management business unit. In January 2022, he was appointed member of the Executive Board and Head of the Asset Management Division.

Head of the Legal and Compliance Division.

born on 7 April 1962, Swiss and French nationality

Professional career
Holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and the bar exam from the Geneva Bar Association. Joined the Legal department of UBS in 1987, then joined Banque Populaire Suisse in Geneva (now Credit Suisse) in 1995 as Head of the Legal department. 1997-2003, administrative director of the Legal Department of Suisse Romande Private Banking and Retail as well as member of management. In 2004, he joined BNP Paribas Private Bank (Switzerland) SA as deputy head of the Private Banking Legal Department and member of management. In 2007, he joined Crédit Agricole (Suisse) SA as head of the Legal Department of the Private Banking division. During this period, he was the representative of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland in the working group of the Swiss Bankers Association's legal affairs sub-committee in charge of revising the directive on the management mandate. At the beginning of 2010, he joined the BCGE Group as head of the Legal Department (CEO Office). In 2015, he was appointed Head of the Legal and Litigation business unit. Since 1 January 2020, he has been responsible for the Legal, Compliance and Litigation business unit attached to the Finance division.
In January 2022, he was appointed member of the Executive Board, in charge of the newly created Legal and Compliance Division.