Double strategic hires for JTC Swiss Office

Published 3 Nov 2014

JTC has bolstered its private client capabilities in Switzerland through two senior appointments in Geneva, including Jonathan Kirby who joins as Managing Director of the Group’s Swiss office.

In his new role at JTC, Jonathan will focus on leading the Swiss team, developing operational capabilities and growing the office as part of JTC’s global network.

With a wealth of private client experience, Jonathan was previously at Deutsche Bank where he worked for almost five years across its offices in Geneva and Guernsey.  Most recently, he held the roles of Vice President, with full management responsibility of the office in Geneva, and board positions on the Fiduciary Corporate entities.  He holds the STEP Certificate and Diploma in International Trust Management.

At the same time, JTC has strengthened its Swiss team further with the appointment of Sebastien Hayoz as Director of Private Client Services.  Prior to joining JTC, Sebastien was Head of Private Clients for TMF Group in Geneva and Zurich, where he worked for over six years.  With extensive experience of working across the European trust industry and wealth management sector, Sebastien is fluent in French and English and was educated at the University of Fribourg.  He also holds the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management.

Having first opened its doors in Geneva in 2007, JTC has steadily grown its office, team and client base in the city, which is renowned for its private wealth expertise.  With an excellent reputation for reliability and appropriate confidentiality, Geneva was recently ranked third out of 23 Western European financial centres in the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 15) just behind London and Zurich.

Commenting on his new appointment, Jonathan said:

“I’m very much looking forward to taking up my new challenge of leading the JTC Geneva office. Having built a good reputation in the city over the past seven years, JTC now has a strong platform on which to build and expand its private client base. The global private client industry has faced a challenging time over recent years in terms of regulatory and political pressures, but we have a team in place that is focused on high quality service levels, global knowledge and professionalism, and those will be the differentiators in the new look European wealth management landscape.”

Iain Johns, Group Head of Private Client Services at JTC, added:

“I’m delighted to have Jonathan and Sebastien on board.  Jonathan has significant experience and excellent leadership skills to deliver his role to its full potential, whilst Sebastien is a proven leader in the private wealth field. Geneva has always been a popular jurisdiction for our Latin American clients and is becoming increasingly attractive to our contacts in emerging markets. With the new leadership team in place, we are confident we can capitalise on these trends in the months and years ahead.”

JTC now has a workforce of nearly 300 highly qualified and multilingual employees and a global reach to all five continents