The Executive Board manages FINMA’s operating business. It ensures that the resolutions of the Board of Directors are implemented. It also prepares the necessary files and materials for decisions to be taken by the Board of Directors.
In particular, the issuing of licenses to financial institutions, decisions on supervisory matters of cross-divisional significance and key management, organisational and personnel issues fall within the remit of the Executive Board.
The Chief Executive Officer heads the Executive Board and its divisional heads and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the budget approved by the Board of Directors.
The authority to initiate and close enforcement proceedings employed by FINMA to assert, where necessary, supervisory law has been delegated by the Executive Board to the Enforcement Committee (ENA). This committee comprises three permanent members: the Chief Executive Officer (Chair), as well as the heads of the Strategic Services and Enforcement divisions.
Mark Branson has been FINMA’s Chief Executive Officer since 1 April 2014 and had previously acted as Deputy CEO from 1 February 2013. Before that, he had served as head of FINMA's Banks division from 1 January 2010. Mark Branson had previously assumed various management roles in the public sector at Credit Suisse, SBC Warburg and UBS.
On 1 October 2014, Peter Giger was appointed Head of the Insurance division, a member of the Executive Board and FINMA’s Deputy CEO. Peter Giger had previously occupied various management positions in the insurance industry, namely at Swiss Re and Zurich Insurance Group.
Rupert Schaefer has headed the Strategic Services division and been a member of FINMA’s Executive Board since 1 January 2015. Previously he led FINMA’s International Affairs team.
Alexandra Karg took over the Operations division on
1 October 2016 when she also became a member of FINMA’s Executive Board. Prior to that, she headed Information Products at the Stuttgart Stock Exchange and was also a member of the management board of SIX Financial Information in Zurich.