Vontobel Wealth Management appoints Stefano Sala as the new head of Southern Switzerland

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10/5/2020 Reading time: 2 minute(s)

Vontobel strengthens its presence in Italian-speaking Switzerland with the appointment of the experienced expert Stefano Sala as new head of its Ticino-based wealth management.

Stefano Sala has joined Vontobel from Credit Suisse where he had been working for the past 14 years, in his most recent function leading the Wealth Planning Southern Europe team out of Lugano. With a Master’s degree in Business Administration and International Tax Law, Stefano Sala has in-depth succession and estate planning knowledge across multiple jurisdictions and many years of experience in advising wealthy private clients and entrepreneurs.

This appointment took effect on October 1, 2020. Stefano Sala reports to Gianpiero Galasso, Head of Vontobel Wealth Management for Western and Southern Switzerland, Italy and the Middle East.

“We are pleased to welcome Stefano Sala as our new Head Wealth Management of Italian-speaking Switzerland. I am convinced that we will benefit from his experience and competencies. This appointment is part of our local growth strategy and underlines our plans to gain further market share in the Wealth Management sector in Italian-speaking Switzerland, including the regionally based independent asset managers”, said Gianpiero Galasso.

Vontobel already invested in Ticino five years ago by acquiring Finter Bank, while other players reduced their local presence at the time. The subsequent acquisition of Notenstein La Roche further increased our presence in Ticino.

“Vontobel stands for global, active asset management that meets Swiss quality standards and is locally anchored. Our branches in Lugano and Locarno have grown thanks to loyal clients who appreciate our wealth management services and employees who embody our strategy in their daily work”, Gianpiero Galasso concluded.


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