Ralph A.J.G. Hamers

Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS Group AG

Ralph Hamers ist seit 1. November 2020 Group Chief Executive Officer der UBS Group AG und Präsident der Geschäftsleitung der UBS AG. Er wurde im September 2020 Mitglied der Konzernleitung der UBS Group AG. Von 2013 bis Juni 2020 und vor seinem Eintritt bei UBS war er CEO und Chairman des Executive Board der ING Group. In seiner 29-jährigen Karriere bei ING bekleidete er verschiedene Positionen, wie CEO von ING Belgium und Luxembourg von 2011 bis 2013, Head of Network Management for Retail Banking Direct & International von 2010 bis 2011 und Global Head of the Commercial Banking Network von 2007 bis 2010. Zuvor war Ralph Hamers von 2005 bis 2007 CEO der ING Bank Netherlands und von 2002 bis 2005 General Manager des Filialnetzes der ING Bank sowie von 1999 bis 2002 General Manager der ING Romania. Er besitzt einen Master-Abschluss in Wirtschaftsökonometrie und Betriebsforschung von der Universität Tilburg in den Niederlanden.



The Future of UBS

Group Chief Executive Officer for UBS Group Ralph Hamers describes his experiences as a relatively newly appointed CEO during the pandemic, economic developments, and events in banking. As many of us witnessed, the pandemic allowed a human concern for each other to resurface, only to keep us separated by screens. While communication was frictionless, not being able to personally visit and check the pulse of specific regions was regrettable says Hamers. Additionally, CEOs were faced with unprecedented questions, suck as if their employees needed to be vaccinated and what working conditions should look like. The economy nevertheless is booming, with demand outstripping supply in various industries. Hamers is associated with digitalization and adaptability, promising an integration and streamlining of systems within UBS. While there are some concerns about positions becoming irrelevant, more jobs will become open up as digitalization occurs and employees explore new areas of competence. The conversation finishes with a ambiguous response to the vague and speculative rumors of a CS and UBS merger in coming years.

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