Julius Baer appoints Bernhard Hodler as CEO

Max Chuard

The Board of Directors of Julius Baer has appointed Bernhard Hodler as the company’s new Chief Executive following the resignation of Boris F.J. Collardi from the position. Boris assumed the role in 2009. During his tenure, Julius Baer further expanded its global presence and asset base through successful acquisitions and organic growth. B

Boris F.J. Collardi will join the privately owned Pictet Group in Geneva to co-head its global wealth management group as of mid-2018.

The company said as part of its ongoing succession planning, the Board of Directors will engage in an evaluation process for the long-term leadership of the Group. Bernhard Hodler, currently Chief Risk Officer of Julius Baer, was named deputy to the CEO in September 2017. He has been a member of Julius Baer’s senior executive team since 1998 and has held various senior positions, including Chief Operating Officer and President of the Management Committee of the Bank.

Julius Baer looks back at a very successful year. The strong operating momentum of the Group was confirmed in its Interim Management Statement for the first ten months of 2017, issued on 20 November. Julius Baer reported record assets under management of CHF 393 billion, also fuelled by net inflows above its 4–6% target growth range. At the same time, the Group’s cost/income ratio improved further towards its medium-term target range of 64–68%.The BIS total capital ratio at the end of October 2017 increased to 21.8% (fully applied 21.2%) and the BIS CET1 capital ratio reached 16.4% (fully applied 13.4%).

Daniel J. Sauter, Chairman of Group Julius Baer Ltd., said: “Julius Baer is in excellent shape. We would like to thank Boris Collardi for his outstanding contribution and stewardship of the Group over almost nine years. While we regret losing him, we respect his personal desire for a change and wish him all the very best for his future.”

“We have a strong and experienced management team in place that has been instrumental in leading the Group where it is today. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Bernhard Hodler for assuming the role of CEO. His appointment ensures continuity in our successful strategy and the delivery of our growth targets. As the leader in private banking, Julius Baer’s primary focus is to serve our clients with best-in-class advice and holistic wealth management solutions.”

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