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Prof. Franšois Degeorge appointed new Director of the Swiss Finance Institute

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Prof. François Degeorge appointed new Director of the Swiss Finance Institute

Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) today announces that Prof. François Degeorge is to be the institute’s new Managing Director. Prof. Degeorge, 55, take s over from Prof. Claudio Loderer who retired at the end of September 2016.

Prof. Degeorge will officially take up his new position at SFI on November 15, 2016. 

Prof. Degeorge is Full Professor of Finance at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), in Lugano, and the director of the university’s Institute of Finance (IFin). He holds a Senior Chair at Swiss Finance Institute, which he joined in 2006. Before teaching at USI, Prof. Degeorge taught at HEC Paris, where he also served as Associate Dean for Research. He has been a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth), at Université Paris - Dauphine, and at the Saïd Business School (Oxford).  

Prof. Degeorge holds a "grande école" degree from HEC Paris and was awarded his PhD by Harvard University. His research interest is in corporate finance and his findings have been published in leading academic journals. He teaches executive education courses on corporate finance for wealth managers on a regular basis and has received numerous teaching and research awards. He serves on the executive committee of the European Finance Association, the advisory board of Ticino for Finance, and the scientific council of Institut Paris-Europlace. Prof.  Degeorge was the president of the European Finance Association during 2015.

“After a comprehensive search process  focusing on a select pool of motivated  and highly qualified candidates, the Swiss Finance Institute Foundation Board is pleased to announce that Fran çois Degeorge will succeed Claudio Loderer in the position of Managing  Director,” states Olivier Steimer, Chairman of the  Board of Swiss Finance Institute. “Prof. Degeorge is not only an internationally recognized academic; he also has significant experience in the field s of education and leadership. This, and his institutional tenure with the institute since 2006, made him the ideal candidate for the position.”