Though Bank Vontobel has a banking office on Zurich's prestigious
Bahnhofstrasse, it's on a quiet side street several blocks away
where I find the offices for the parent company, Vontobel Holding.
Revenues of $430 million and $51 billion in assets under management
makes it one of Switzerland's ten largest private banks. Vontobel
is a listed company in which the Vontobel families, the Vontobel
Foundation and management hold the majority of the capital and
The six-story pink granite and blue-trimmed building sports no
signage. Getting inside requires being buzzed in and just before
I buzz the buzzer someone exits the building so I enter. There's
no reception area. Eventually I find my way to Silvia Zahner,
Assistant to CEO Robert Zingg, who gives me a warm reception
Built in 1992, the company has been here for a year and about
20 employees occupy three of the six floors. There's no cafeteria
but a kitchen/break room area. There's no smoking in the offices,
no corporate aircraft, senior management gets reserved parking
spots and, no on-site recreational facilities though there are
showers. Employee perks encompass the usual ones found at banks
including discounts on home loans.
The accommodating Ms. Zahner walks me the several blocks to the
banking office on the Bahnhofstrasse for a look at the boardroom.
The square boardroom table seats 12, with a fake plant keeping