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Thomas Jordan (economist)

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Thomas Jordan
Jordan in 2015
Thomas Jordan

(1963-01-28) January 28, 1963 (age 61)
Biel, Switzerland
EducationGymnasium Alpenstrasse (High school)
University of Bern (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
  • Economist
  • Banker

Thomas Jakob Ulrich Jordan (Swiss Standard German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈjaːkɔb ˈʊlrɪç ˈjɔrdan]; born 1963) is a Swiss economist and central banker.[1] He is the chairman of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank, chairman of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group, a member of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements, and a member of the steering committee of the Financial Stability Board.[2][3][4]

Jordan was born on 28 January 1963, in the city of Biel/Bienne. He studied economics and business studies at the University of Bern, completing his degree in 1989 and his doctorate in 1993. He wrote a post-doctoral thesis, on the subject of European Monetary Union and predicted the sovereign debt crisis and also the bank failures that eventually transpired, during three years he spent as a researcher at Harvard University in the United States. He was appointed a lecturer at the University of Bern in 1998, and an honorary professor in 2003.[2][3] Jordan joined the Swiss National Bank as an economic advisor in 1997 and progressed through various roles. He joined the governing board as an alternate member in 2004 and became a full member in 2007. He was appointed chairman on 18 April 2012, following the resignation of Philipp Hildebrand from that role.[2][4]

On 1 March 2024, Jordan announced his resignation in September 2024 as chairman of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank.[5]


  1. ^ "Swiss National Bank (SNB) - Members of the Governing Board from 1907 onwards". www.snb.ch.
  2. ^ a b c "Thomas J. Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board, Zurich". Swiss National Bank. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "New SNB chief: The Thinker from the second row". Financial Times Germany. 9 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Swiss Central Bank Taps New Chairman". New York Times. 18 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Thomas Jordan: SNB-Präsident tritt Ende September zurück" [Thomas Jordan: SNB Chairman to step down at the end of September]. Nau.ch (in German). 1 March 2024. Retrieved 1 March 2024.