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 Deputy is appointed by the Board of Directors at the request of the CEO on a rotating basis.
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.
Birgit Rutishauser has been CEO ad interim since 1 October 2023. She was previously Deputy CEO from 1 June 2019 and Head of the Insurance division and a member of FINMA’s Executive Board from 17 September 2018. Birgit Rutishauser had previously held various management positions in the insurance industry, namely at Nationale Suisse and Zurich Switzerland.
Thomas Hirschi has been Deputy CEO ad interim since 1 October 2023. He has been a member of FINMA’s Executive Board since 1 January 2020 and has led the Banks division since 1 February 2022. He headed FINMA’s Asset Management division from 2020 to January 2022, while from 2015 to 2019 he was responsible for the supervision of banks and insurance companies licensed by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of the Abu Dhabi Global Market and before that he held various senior positions at FINMA.
Léonard Bôle has been a member of the Executive Board since 1 April 2014 and is responsible for the Markets division. From 2009, he worked in leading roles in connection with the combating of money laundering, the supervision of self-regulatory organisations and authorising financial institutions. He was previously employed in the legal department of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission, one of FINMA's predecessor authorities.
Marianne Bourgoz Gorgé has been Head of the Asset Management division and a member of FINMA’s Executive Board since 1 September 2022. Previously the mathematician was Group Chief Risk Officer of Banque Cantonale de Genève
Vera Carspecken has been ad interim Head of the Insurance division and a member of the Executive Board since 1 October 2023. Vera Carspecken was previously responsible for strategic and operational issues in the Insurance division as Division Operating Officer (DOO) from June 2023. From 2018 to June 2023, the qualified auditor headed the supervision of small and medium-sized insurance companies. Vera Carspecken has worked at FINMA since 2010.
Patric Eymann became a member of the Executive Board and Head of the Enforcement division in August 2016. He was previously in charge of the division’s Investigations section. A law graduate, he has worked for FINMA and the Swiss Federal Banking Commission since 1998.
Alain Girard has been Head of the Recovery and Resolution division and a Member of FINMA’s Executive Board since 1 August 2022. Prior to this, the holder of a doctorate in law was Head of Supervision of Small Banks and Securities Firms at FINMA.
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.
Annemarie Nussbaumer has been a member of the Executive Board with responsibility for the Strategic Services division since 1 November 2023. Previously Annemarie Nussbaumer was Head of Supervision of Small Banks and Securities Firms, after leading the Authorisation section within the Banks division at FINMA.