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Banca del Gottardo strengthens Executive Board - Christoph Weber to be new Head of Private Banking North

Lugano (ots) - Christoph Weber, currently Deputy to the CEO of ATAG Asset Management, is to join Banca del Gottardo on 1 March 2007. As a member of the Executive Board, he will be responsible for managing and expanding the Private Banking business in Switzerland's German and French-speaking regions as well as in Luxembourg. Christoph Weber (47), currently Deputy to the CEO of ATAG Asset Management, will join Banca del Gottardo's Executive Board on 1 March 2007 as Head of Private Banking North. In this function, he will be responsible for managing and expanding the Private Banking business in Switzerland's German and French-speaking regions as well as in Luxembourg. As a member of the Executive Board of ATAG Asset Management, a subsidiary of Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank, Christoph Weber has been responsible for the former's private and institutional clients since 2000. He previously held management functions at Zürcher Kantonalbank and Bank Vontobel. The Private Banking North business area was created as part of the Bank's strategic reorientation and increased focus on Private Banking, and is currently headed on an interim basis by CEO Rolf Aeberli. The Bank thus underscores its declared aim of further expanding its business outside the Canton of Ticino and northern Italy, where it has traditionally enjoyed a strong position. Private Banking North encompasses the branch offices in Zurich, where Banca del Gottardo has been present since 1971, Geneva (since 1991), Lausanne (since 1971) and Luxembourg (since 1980). Christoph Weber will be predominantly based in Zurich. Rolf Aeberli, CEO of Banca del Gottardo, said, "I am very pleased that we have found such a capable and experienced personality to take over the position of Head of Private Banking North. I am convinced that Christoph Weber, together with our branch managers north of the Gotthard, will make a substantial contribution to our growth." Curriculum vitae Christoph Weber Swiss citizen Born on 3 April 1959 Married Professional experience 2000 to date ATAG Asset Management (AAM) Responsible for private and institutional clients Member of the Executive Board (Deputy CEO) Member of the Group Executive Board of Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank 1991 - 2000 Zürcher Kantonalbank 1994 - 2000 Head Institutional Investment and Pension Services 1991 - 1994 Head Financial Services Zurich-West 1988 - 1991 Bank J. Vontobel Head of training Banca del Gottardo specialises in comprehensive private banking services in its core markets of Switzerland and Italy. It is headquartered in Lugano and has subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bellinzona, Chiasso, Locarno, Bergamo, Milan, Rome, Treviso, Turin, Athens, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Hong Kong and Nassau. Banca del Gottardo belongs to the Swiss Life Group, which is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange and is one of the leading suppliers of pension and life insurance solutions in Europe. www.gottardo.com ots Originaltext: Banca del Gottardo Internet: www.presseportal.ch Contact: Banca del Gottardo Franco Rogantini Media Relations Viale S. Franscini 8 6901 Lugano Tel. +41/91/808'33'60 Fax +41/91/923'94'33 E-Mail: franco.rogantini@gottardo.com

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