Before his appointment, René spent 29 years at UBS. Between 2014 and 2019 he was Head of Asset Management Asia Pacific and part of the regional UBS Group Executive Committee. He was responsible for managing and developing the business across segments and distribution channels, as well as ensuring engagement with clients, regulators, industry bodies and key stakeholders. In addition he was managing and developing the global Wholesale business strategy.
He moved to Asia in 2005 to support UBS Wealth Management's expansion in the region, heading a number of leadership roles – including Global Head of Investment Funds and Head of Investment Products & Services Hong Kong. In addition to his experience in Asia, he also spent four years in New York as Head of Lending Products Americas before taking on the functional responsibility for UBS Wealth Management's lending products across all of its global locations out of Zurich.