SNB Vice Chairman Fritz Zurbrügg to take medical leave

The Vice Chairman of the Swiss National Bank’s Governing Board, Fritz Zurbrügg, will have a cardiac procedure at the end of this week, the SNB confirmed today. The procedure has been planned for some time.

He will resume his official duties after a period of convalescence lasting a few weeks.

Fritz Zurbrügg was born in Zurich in 1960. He studied economics at the University of Berne, completing his degree in 1985 and his doctorate in 1989.

Also in 1989, Fritz Zurbrügg joined the Federal Finance Administration (FFA) in Berne. From 1992 to 1994, he worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington as an economist in the Africa Department, before returning to the FFA and assuming leadership of the ‘IMF and International Finance’ section.

From 1998 to 2006, he was Senior Advisor and Executive Director for Switzerland at the IMF in Washington, and represented the interests of Switzerland as well as those of Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia/Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on the Executive Board.

After returning to Berne, he headed the Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Equalisation and Financial Statistics section of the Federal Finance Administration. In April 2010, he was appointed Director of the Federal Finance Administration by the Federal Council. His responsibilities included drawing up the Confederation budget and financial plan, the implementation of the debt brake, as well as liquidity and debt management for the Confederation.

Effective August 2012, the Federal Council appointed Fritz Zurbrügg as Member of the SNB’s Governing Board. At the same time, he became Head of Department III (Financial Markets, Banking Operations and Information Technology). With effect from 1 July 2015, the Federal Council appointed him Vice Chairman of the Governing Board. With this position, he also took over management of Department II (Financial Stability, Cash, Finance and Risk) in Berne.

Fritz Zurbrügg is Vice President of the Foundation Board of the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB) in Geneva.

In August, the SNB said the Chairman of its Governing Board, Thomas Jordan, had to undergo a medical procedure, which proved necessary following a preventive check-up.

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