The Board of Directors of SIX has appointed Jos Dijsselhof CEO with effect from 1 January 2018. He succeeds Urs Rüegsegger, who announced in May 2017 that he would be retiring. A Dutch citizen, Jos Dijsselhof, 52, holds degrees in computer science and Business Administration, and has a long track record in international management in the financial sector. He has previously held positions at ABN Amro Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in various countries, including Hong Kong and Singapore. His most recent role was Chief Operating Officer (2014–June 2017) and CEO ad interim (2015) for Euronext in Amsterdam. During his career, Jos Dijsselhof has successfully headed several change projects and gained a wealth of experience in securities and financial data, as well as the payments business, so he is fully familiar with the business models of SIX.
Romeo Lacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors: "I am delighted to have found in Jos Dijsselhof an experienced manager for SIX with strong leadership qualities and an outstanding track record. I would also like to thank Urs Rüegsegger for his service and dedication. Under his leadership, SIX was able to lay a solid foundation, and I am confident that Jos Dijsselhof will build on this and successfully lead SIX to further successes."
SIX focuses its strategy and simplifies its organizational structure
The Board of Directors of SIX announces strategic and organizational changes so as to strengthen the competitiveness of SIX and the Swiss financial centre in a changing business environment. SIX will focus on infrastructure services for its shareholders and the financial centre in securities, payments services and financial information. SIX will also increase its commitment to innovation by launching a CHF 50 million venture fund and establishing dedicated units to develop services to cover specific shareholder requirements.
Jos Dijsselhof, who will begin his role as CEO of SIX from the start of 2018, is an experienced manager and succeeds Urs Rüegsegger, who announced in May that he would step down.
SIX represents the joint, successful commitment of Swiss banks to sustaining a strong Swiss financial centre. Since its foundation ten years ago, the environment SIX operates in has changed fundamentally (in terms of technology, new competitors, regulation and pressure on margins). As part of a strategy and organization review, the Board of Directors has, since the beginning of the year, been analysing the changing requirements that banks and the market are placing on SIX. The Board of Directors has taken a clear stance in favour of a strong, shared financial market infrastructure in Switzerland and has adopted a number of strategic and organizational measures aimed at perfectly equipping SIX for the future.
In this realignment, SIX will focus consistently on infrastructure services for its shareholders and the financial centre in securities, payment services and financial information, which form the company's core business. In future, the company will operate on the market exclusively under the "SIX” brand. The changes will create synergies and efficiencies that boost the attractiveness of the offering of SIX to clients and shareholders. This approach will create the perfect environment to develop innovative services which can be quickly introduced to the market.
The main elements of this realignment are:
These measures are due to be fully implemented in the second quarter of 2018. Until then, SIX will continue to operate with its current organization and business models.
Romeo Lacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors: "SIX has developed very successfully since its inception. What we are doing now is setting the course for SIX to continue to play a major part in assuring the quality and success of the Swiss financial centre."
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