Nicolas Gonet, CEO
After obtaining a Master’s in economic and social sciences from the University of Fribourg in 1994, Nicolas Gonet completed its banking training in New York, London and Luxembourg before in September 1997 joining the family bank, where he represents the fifth generation of bankers. He was appointed partner in 2003, running business development and expansion of the Gonet Group from 2008. He became CEO on 1 January 2016 following the bank’s conversion into a limited company.
Thierry Pont, DEPUTY CEO
Holder of a law degree from the University of Lausanne, Thierry Pont spent the first 15 years of his career in audit: with Credit Suisse within internal audit, French-speaking Switzerland (1990–1998), then with PricewaterhouseCoopers as Senior Manager (1998–2004). From 2004 to 2009 he was CFO and member of the Executive Board of Banque Vontobel Genève SA, joining Gonet in 2009. He is now Deputy CEO, in charge of the Finances, Risk Management, Compliance, Trading, Operations and IT functions. Thierry Pont is also a certified accountant.
Having had various responsibilities in market activities at Crédit Lyonnais, UBS Warburg and then UBS in Geneva, Jean-René Lepezel joined the Wealth Management department of Crédit Lyonnais/Crédit Agricole as Senior Relationship Manager, Member of Management. He joined Gonet in 2010, where he is now in charge of the Private Banking department. Jean-René Lepezel has a degree in engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in Paris and a postgraduate degree from the University of Paris Dauphine.
With a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva (HEC), CAIA certification, and the Federal Diploma in occupational pensions, Alexandre Michellod, who joined the Bank in November 2017, is in charge of the Wealth Solutions department, which groups together the Bank’s entire products and services offer. He began his career in 2000 as a financial analyst at the institutional asset management company IAM. In 2002, he joined BCV’s headquarters in Lausanne, and in 2005 the bank Wegelin & Co, at which he was a member of the Executive Committee for Romandy. From January 2012, he was in charge of the occupational benefits offer and OPP2 siam Strategies at Edmond de Rothschild in Switzerland. He is also the President of the Romandy occupational pension platform “lemania-pension hub”.
Pierre-André Mourgue d’Algue
With an MBA from Columbia University, Pierre-André Mourgue d’Algue began his career at renowned institutions in New York and London (Citibank, Hoare Govett and Schroders Securities). In 1992, he founded Latinvest Securities, a specialist in Latin American capital markets, which was then sold to Banco Bilbao Vizcaya in 1997. In 2005, after several years in alternative investment management, particularly in the distribution of funds of hedge funds and private equity, he joined the family private bank Mourgue d’Algue & Cie, as partner responsible for external managers and trading. Following the merger of the bank with Gonet & Cie SA in 2018, he was appointed Member of the Executive Committe in charge of the EAM Department. Pierre-André Mourgue d’Algue also sits on the boards of several Swiss foundations and companies.
Holder of a double degree in politics and law from the University of Geneva, Pascal Pupet worked from 1990 to 2000 at Paribas, then BNP Paribas – in Geneva, at the Group’s head office in Paris and then in London – having various responsibilities in training, human resources and corporate communications. He became Head of Corporate Communications of Ferrier Lullin & Cie SA in 2001 and of Union Bancaire Privée in 2006, joining Gonet in 2009 where he is in charge of Human Resources, Corporate Communications and General Services.