Chairman ECSChair Working Group Leadership, Communications and Talent ManagementGabe Shawn Varges has extensive Swiss and international experience as a compliance, governance and regulatory executive, advisor, and thought-leader. He is Senior Partner in the Zurich offices of HCM, an international consulting firm, and Director of Compliance Studies at the University of St. Gallen Executive School. He works around the world with boards of directors; CEOs; and heads of companies, state entities, regulators, and international organizations on the more strategic and challenging aspects of corporate governance, compensation, compliance, regulation, and supervision.
Earlier, Mr. Varges was Head of Governance at FINMA, the Swiss bank, insurance, and securities regulator. He has played a key role in promoting, domestically and internationally, preventive principle-based approaches, such as through the strengthening of boards of directors, well-calibrated compensation systems, and independent compliance and risk management functions.
Mr. Varges has served on various boards and is former President of Association of Corporate Counsel in Europe. His latest publications include “Die Human-Capital- und Ressourcen-Seite von Compliance“, “The Case for Board Budgets”, “Organizing and Managing Compliance”, “The New Generations Within Boards”, “Internal Governance”, “Governing Remuneration”, and three updated chapters in the forthcoming 2021 edition of the book, Corporate Compliance Guide: The Next Generation, C. Basri, Editor.