ZURICH—The Julius Baer Group, a leading Swiss private banking group, has appointed Georg Hess as head public affairs. The newly created role is designed to strengthen the company's dialogue with members of the political arena, the economy and society and to strengthen the bank’s dialogue with opinion leaders in the political arena, the economy and society and to actively contribute to decision-making processes.
Hess has been a member of the government of the Canton of Schwyz since 2000 and assumed the role of president of the government in July 2008. He has managed its finance department since 2002. Hess announced his resignation from his political posts on 9 February and will assume his new role at the Julius Baer Group in October.
Julius Baer has 15 branches in Switzerland, including in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, St. Moritz and Lausanne, managing client assets of CHF 154 billion ($143 billion) at the end of 2009, with assets under management