BCVs: renewal of the Board of Directors

BCVs: renewal of the Board of Directors
BCVs: renewal of the Board of Directors

For the presidency of the Board of Directors, the Council of State proposes to reappoint Pierre-Alain Grichting in this position which he has held since 2018.

The Council of State adopted its proposals concerning the renewal of the Board of Directors of the Cantonal Bank of Valais (BCVs) for the period 2021/2025. In this context, he proposed to the general assembly of April 21 to renew Pierre-Alain Grichting as president and to appoint Gabriel Décaillet as vice-president. It proposes as members representing the State of Valais the outgoing Pierre-Alain Grichting, Pascal Indermitte, Jean-Albert Ferrez and Sandra Lathion. He also proposed Patrick Héritier, Edgar Jeitziner and Anja Wyden Guelpa as new members. Three applications which, given their skills, meet Finma’s requirements and will enable BCVs to meet the challenges it will have to face in the coming years.

On April 21, 2021, the General Meeting of BCVs will elect the Board of Directors of the Bank for the next four years. With this in mind, the Council of State, making use of its legal powers, adopted its proposals for the attention of the said General Assembly.

He therefore proposes to renew as members representing the State of Valais the outgoing Pierre-Alain Grichting in Naters, Pascal Indermitte in Steg, Jean-Albert Ferrez in Sion / Bagnes (Verbier) and Sandra Lathion in Sion. As new members representing the State of Valais, and replacing Chantal Balet Emery, Fernand Marietan and Ivan Rouvinet who have all reached their term of office, are proposed Patrick Héritier in Savièse, Edgar Jeitziner in Jongny and Anja Wyden Guelpa in Geneva. The State of Valais also takes note of the candidacy of Serge Métrailler, submitted by the Valais Association of entrepreneurs for minority shareholders.

The selection criteria for the proposal of new representatives of the State of Valais are based in particular on the directives of Finma which specify that the Board of Directors must have sufficient management skills as well as technical knowledge and experience. needed in the banking and financial sectors. All other core areas, such as finance and accounting as well as risk management should also be represented with the required skills. Among the strategic axes of the BCVs is the transition to the digital age. FINMA therefore considers that skills in new technologies, digitization or fintech should ideally be strengthened within the Bank’s Board of Directors.

Patrick Héritier has held management positions in various banking establishments for more than 20 years and thus benefits from a solid experience in banking management as well as in business management. He also has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework in which the Banque cantonale du Valais operates.

Edgar Jeitziner has extensive experience in all areas of banking and strong business management skills. He chaired the General Management of the Cantonal Bank of Friborg from 2012 until 1is January 2021. He also has extensive knowledge in the areas of finance, accounting, risk management and auditing.

Anja Wyden Guelpa was Chancellor of the Republic and Canton of Geneva for nine years (2009 – 2018). Since then, she has taught innovation in the public sector at the University of Lausanne and sits on the Boards of Directors of Digital Switzerland, the Swiss Digital foundation, the Swiss Risk & Care SA, Innosuisse, Mobilière or more from Switzerland Tourism. She has a solid experience and in-depth knowledge in the fields of business management, digitization and new technologies.

Chairman of the Board of Directors

For the presidency of the Board of Directors, the Council of State proposes to reappoint Pierre-Alain Grichting in this position which he has held since 2018.

Vice-president of the board of directors

The Council of State proposes for the vice-presidency of the Board of Directors Gabriel Décaillet. The latter has been a member of the Board of Directors of BCVs since 2013, this choice also allows representation of third-party shareholders as vice-president.

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