Alexander S. Friedman was appointed the group chief executive officer and became chairman of the Group Management Board of GAM Holding AG in 2014. Prior to joining the Group, Alexander S. Friedman served as the global chief investment officer of UBS Wealth Management and Wealth Management Americas, as chairman of the UBS Global Investment Committee and as a group managing director. Before that, he was the chief financial officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a senior advisor to Lazard, and a member of the supervisory board of private equity firm Actis. He was a White House fellow in the Clinton administration and an assistant to the US Secretary of Defense. He is a board member of several non-profit organisations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Alexander S. Friedman holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, an MBA from Columbia University Business School and a BA from Princeton University. He was born in 1970 and is a US citizen.