Oswald Grübel

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Oswald J. Grübel
Born (1943-11-23) November 23, 1943 (age 70)
Occupation Group Former Chief Executive Officer of UBS AG

Oswald J. Grübel (born November 23, 1943)[1] is a German businessman. He was the Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO) at UBS AG from 26 February 2009 [2] to 24 September 2011.


Grübel began his career at a White Weld & Co. joint venture with Credit Suisse in the 1970s. Before joining UBS, Grübel was at Credit Suisse from 1985 until 2007, leading the firm since 2003.

He was CEO of Credit Suisse Financial Services from 2002 to 2004 and was Co-CEO of Credit Suisse Group (with John J. Mack) from 2003 until 2004. Mr. Grübel was a member of the Credit Suisse Group Executive Board between 1997 and 2001 and again from 2002 to 2007. He became the sole CEO with the ousting of John Mack in 2004.

After he retired in May 2007, he still held a board position at the Winterthur Group insurance company (a part of AXA) from 2007 until 2009.

As chairman of the CEO position at UBS he made a promise that he will lead the bank back to the profit zone of 15 billion USDS in 2014. [3]


Grübel did not attend university, but took an apprenticeship in banking and securities trading at Deutsche Bank in Mannheim and Frankfurt. In the late 60s, he attended the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, an executive education institution for leaders.[1]

Resignation from UBS group[edit]

Further information: 2011 UBS rogue trader scandal

On 24 September 2011, the UBS board announced that Oswald Gruebel had resigned. Earlier he had been under pressure having assumed the full responsibility for the USD 2.3 billion loss resulting from a trading fraud. Several local newspaper brought up that he might have left due to the pressure of the main stakeholders. [4]


Business positions
Preceded by
John J. Mack
CEO of Credit Suisse
Succeeded by
Brady Dougan
Preceded by
Marcel Rohner
Group CEO of UBS AG
Succeeded by
Sergio Ermotti