Feb. 2, 1948, in Mels, Switzerland.
A doctorate in social sciences and economics from St. Gallen Graduate School of Economics.
Managing board member in charge of investment banking at Deutsche Bank since 1996. Takes over as CEO on May 23.
Joined Crédit Suisse in 1977, working in New York, Zurich, and London. Became chief executive of Crédit Suisse in 1993. Ousted in reorganization in 1996.
Chairs Deutsche Bank's staff skiing club. Also plays the piano and attends the opera.
A champion javelin thrower in his youth.
Like all male Swiss, he served part-time in the Swiss army, rising to the rank of colonel.
Married to Pirkko, whom he met at university.