FINMA Announces Executive Board Reshuffle, David Wyss to Leave

Johanna Preisig has been appointed as the Head of the Strategic Services division.

The Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced this Wednesday that it’s Executive Board will be reshuffling. Namely, it has appointed a new member of the Executive Board, with Johanna Preisig assuming the new position, as well as becoming the Head of the Strategic Services division.

Preisig will take on the new role, effective from the 1st of July, 2020. She will be replacing Rupert Schaefer who is currently heading this division, who will take over the Recovery and Resolution division, effective from the same date.

Schaefer is replacing David Wyss, Head of the Recovery and Resolution division. At the end of June 2020, Wyss will be leaving the Swiss regulator to pursue new opportunities, the statement released today said.

Johanna Preisig joined FINMA in 2014

Preisig has been with the regulator since 2014, originally joining as a lawyer who specialized in the solvency and liquidity of banks. Two years later, in 2016, she assumed a managerial role within the Recovery and Resolution division.

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During her career, which commenced in February of 2003, according to her LinkedIn profile, she was also a lawyer for Zürcher Kantonalbank in the legal, tax, and compliance department. She worked with the firm for almost eight years.

Mark Branson, CEO of FINMA
Mark Branson, CEO of FINMA
Source: FINMA

Commenting on the changes, FINMA Chief Executive Officer Mark Branson said in the statement: “I would like to thank David Wyss for his longstanding commitment to FINMA and his exceptional achievements. He has established the Enforcement and the Recovery and Resolution divisions as efficient and high-performing units with an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally. 

“In recent years he has made significant progress with his team regarding the recovery and resolution planning for systemically important banks. At the same time I am delighted that two highly talented managers are able to assume new roles in our Executive Board.”

Schaefer, on the other hand, has been with FINMA since 2010 and led the International Affairs team from 2013 onwards. He has been a member of the regulator’s Executive Board since 2015.

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