GSAM boosts staff in Zurich and Geneva

Goldman Sachs Asset Management has made various senior appointments to its business in Switzerland, including hiring from Morgan Stanley for its country head.

It has appointed Alain Barthel, from Morgan Stanley, as its head in Switzerland, based in Zurich. He assumes the rule from June.

At Morgan Stanley Barthel was head of investment management and responsible for establishing the local Swiss sales office.

Before that, he was head of sales in Switzerland for Credit Agricole Asset Management.

Additionally, Pascal Mischler has been named head of third party distribution for GSAM in Switzerland. Mischler has been at Goldman Sachs since 2010, and before that was vice president at Credit Suisse Asset Management, responsible for the French and Italian parts of Switzerland.

He is based in Geneva.

Finally, executive director Birgit Haas will transfer from London office to Geneva, to lead the Swiss global liquidity business.

Sheila Patel, co-CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management International, said: “Switzerland is one of our most important markets globally, and a key part of our expansion strategy. The appointments we announce today reflect the importance of the Swiss business and I look forward to working closely with all members of the teams in Zurich and Geneva to further enhance our offer for clients.”

In Switzerland $840bn manager GSAM operates through GS Bank AG.

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