Bank am Bellevue has named Thomas Pixner as its new CEO, Bellevue Group has announced.
He will start in his new role on 1 February 2018. Before joining the firm he was head investments for Switzerland and a member of the executive committee wealth management & trust at Rothschild Bank in Zurich.
During his career he was also in charge of private banking operations of VP Bank in Vaduz.
Pixner is replacing Serge Monnerat, who stepped down from his role in February 2017.
According to the commercial register of the canton of Zurich, Monnerat founded a Zurich-based Swiss equity research, brokerage and corporate finance services firm Octavian in May 2017.
Monnerat's exit followed wider changes at the Bellevue Group, which decided to shift its focus towards asset and wealth management.
Board member hire
As part of this strategy Bellevue Group has also hired Veit de Maddalena as a new member of its board.
Most recently he used to work as executive vice-chairman of Rothschild Bank in Zurich. He was also CEO of the bank and headed its wealth management and trust division for many years.
Alongside Pixner and De Maddalena the group has hired Thomas Blum as senior client adviser. He also used to work at Rothschild Bank and has 15 years of experience in the field.
The strategic reorientation of Bellevue Group towards wealth and asset management followed the decision to close its brokerage and corporate finance activities by mid-2017 due to ongoing erosion of revenues in these areas.