Suisse elevates Christine Graeff as group head – HR

Graeff will be succeeding Antoinette Poschung who is set to retire in January 2022


Suisse Group has appointed Christine Graeff as the global head of human resources. She will succeed Antoinette Poschung, who is set to retire in January 2022. Before this elevation, Graeff was the group head of corporate communication and deputy group head of HR, at the Suisse Group.

There will be a smooth transition for Graeff as she will take over the entire responsibility of handling the HR function and will fully move into the HR role by February 2022. Graeff joined the Suisse Group this in January 2021. As of now, the Company is on a hunt to find a suitable to take over from Graeff, as Suisse’s group head – corporate communication.

Graeff carries a great track record of having transformed the communication function in the last nine months. The Company believes that Graeff’s people management and leadership skills will play a key role in helping her lead the HR function for the organisation. She comes with more than two decades of experience in the HR domain.

Having started her career as an investment banker, with Kleinwort Benson, Graef graduated from European Partnership of Business Schools, where she studied European business administration.

Prior to joining Suisse, Graeff was the director general of communications at the European Central Bank. Between 2001 and 2013, she was managing partner in the strategic communications firm, Brunswick, where she set up and developed the group’s German business, with a particular focus on the financial sector. Before that, she was at Burson-Marsteller in London.

In addition to Graeff’s elevation, Suisse Group has appointed Rafael Lopez Lorenzo as chief compliance officer. Graeff will also become part of the executive board effective February 1, 2022, and will report directly to Thomas Gottstein, group CEO, Suisse Group.

In Gottstein’s words, “These two appointments reflect the talent in Credit Suisse and the diversity of backgrounds and experience in our bank. They will both contribute to shaping and implementing the strategy of the bank going forward.”

Gottstein also thanked Antoinette for her invaluable contributions as a leader, and the exceptional support she provided to the Bank for 18 years “in various positions and through challenging times”.

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