Francisco Fernandez

Founder and Group Chairman

Francisco is Avaloq’s creator and a major shareholder, a visionary entrepreneur who’s dedicated his career to finance sector IT.

He sees his goal as disrupting familiar business models, reshaping the relationships between banks and their customers and making financial institutions more efficient, secure and transparent.

Francisco has a master’s degree in informatics from ETH Zurich – Einstein’s university – and a certificate in business administration from ETH’s Center for Industrial Management. Apart from his family, his great loves include playing jazz piano and helping tech start-ups.

Jürg Hunziker

Group Chief Executive Officer

Jürg is a proven international leader, with 30 years’ expertise in financial technology and banking. He is responsible for harnessing the expertise of Avaloq’s more than 2,000 global employees and executing Avaloq’s business strategy.

Away from work, he is an outdoor man, a keen cyclist, runner and hiker. He is an active conservationist who supports several charities concerned with sustainability and protecting the environment.

Jürg joined the Group Executive Board as Avaloq’s Chief Markets Officer and Deputy CEO in 2016. Before this, he set up and then ran Sungard’s European division and was responsible for launching a number of capital market solutions.

Thomas Beck

Group Chief Technology Officer

Thomas is Avaloq’s innovator-in-chief and the man who is making the digital revolution happen.

He was our Head of Innovation Development for three years before joining the Executive Board as General Manager Software Development in 2015. He has 20 years’ IT experience in the finance industry and held several senior management positions at UniCredit Bank before joining Avaloq.

Thomas also has an impressive academic track record. He has a doctorate from the Technical University of Munich and has lectured in economics and financial mathematics at two of Germany’s leading universities.

Chris Beukers

Regional Manager APAC

Chris joined Avaloq in December 2017 as Head of Asia Pacific. He has more than 25 years of experience running the Asia Pacific region for large corporates, Venture Capital-backed start-ups and Private Equity-driven transformations.

When not on an airplane Chris can be found running to help balance his love for Asian food.

Chris became the head of Avaloq Asia Pacific after three years as the APAC Executive Vice President of Pactera International, a leading regional services firm.

He has an engineering degree from Cornell University and graduated from the Stanford Business School.

Pascal Föhn

Group Chief Operations Officer

Pascal is endlessly enthusiastic about Avaloq’s brand, its innovation culture and the way it goes about its business – which includes, for him, being a great place to work.

In his role he is responsible for HR, Marketing, Communication, Strategy, IT, Facilities and Procurement.

He loves music and going to live concerts, is a keen hiker and cross-country skier. He lived and worked in Hong Kong in the early part of his career and is interested in Asian cultures and markets.

Pascal joined the Group Executive Board in 2015, after five years in charge of building the brand and making our sales and marketing more focused and international.

Dean Gluyas

Group Chief Financial Officer

Dean is an internationally respected growth manager with a key role to play as Avaloq expands into the world’s capital markets.

He is also the company’s resident wine expert – a connoisseur and collector who can tell a Margaux from a Haut-Brion at a distance of twenty paces.

Dean joined us from SunGard, where he was CFO of the financial systems business, in 2016. His responsibilities at Avaloq include planning and analysis, treasury, tax and legal and compliance issues. He began his career with PwC, moving into oil with ARCO (then owned by BP) and then into financial technology with SunGard.

Markus Gröninger

Group Chief Markets Officer

Markus is responsible for Avaloq’s global sales and market approach.

He has Avaloq’s most distinctive means of transport – a classic LA cop-style Moto Guzzi California, complete with vintage sidecar – and plays a mean game of tennis.

Markus became CEO of Avaloq Sourcing (Switzerland & Liechtenstein), then known as B-Source, in 2010 and he took over the responsibility for our entire Global Processing Network as a member of the Avaloq Group Executive Board in 2016. Prior to joining Avaloq, he gained valuable experience as VP and country leader for Oracle in Switzerland and as managing director of CSC Switzerland.

Brian Hurdis

Chief Service Delivery Officer

The mission of Brian and his global operations and technology infrastructure teams is to deliver efficient and effective banking operations and technology infrastructure services.

Brian is a keen sportsman, he enjoys skiing and snowboarding as well as cycling, running and swimming. Besides sports, Brian also has a passion for horsepower – restoring antique cars and taking trips on his Harley together with his wife are also part of his favourite activities.

Brian joined Avaloq’s leadership team in January 2018, bringing with him extensive experience in various leading technology roles in corporates and as an independent technology consultant. He has a degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin.

Tobias Unger

Regional Manager Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Tobias joined Avaloq in 2016 as the CEO of Avaloq’s Swiss service centre. However, he has already been a member of the Avaloq Community for many years – namely as a COO at Falcon Private Bank, an Avaloq customer. In other words, the full-blooded banker has become a banking technology professional.

Tobias has a passion for leading and developing people. He is father of two kids, an avid golfer and he has a keen interest in how technology impacts markets and industries as well as humanity overall.

Before joining Falcon Private Bank he worked as an Investment Banker both at UBS and Merrill Lynch. He holds a Master Degree in Law from the University of Berne.