Appointment: Markus Schmid Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid has been Full Professor of Corporate Finance at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance (s/bf-HSG) since 1 February 2012. Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid was born in Zurich on 21 August 1975. He is a Swiss national. After his Matura examinations at Muttenz Gymnasium in 1994 and basic, NCO and officer training in the Swiss Army, he completed his studies in Economic Sciences with a Licentiate’s degree from the University of Basel. He majored in Corporate Finance, Financial Market Theory and International Economic Relations. In autumn 2001 as a doctoral student, he took up the post of Assistant to Prof. Dr. Heinz Zimmermann at the Department of Finance Theory at the University of Basel. Between 2001 and 2003, he completed various courses for doctoral students in Asset Pricing, Mathematical Financial Market Theory, Empirical Behavioural Finance, Empirical Corporate Finance and Econometrics at the Universities of Basel, Lugano and Zurich, and at the Study Center Gerzensee. "Economic Researcher Prize" In 2004, he obtained the degree of a Dr. rer. pol. in Finance with a thesis on Three Essays on Corporate Governance, Equity Capital Structure, and Corporate Diversification, for which he was awarded the Junior Economic Researcher Prize of the University of Basel. He then spent a year as a post-doc at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University and a further year as a Senior Assistant at the Department of Finance Theory at the University of Basel. From 2006-2010, Dr Markus Schmid was Assistant Professor of Finance at the sb/f of the University of St. Gallen. In 2010, Dr Markus Schmid habilitated with a thesis entitled Essays on Corporate Governance, Corporate Diversification, and Venture Capital Financing. Research foci: Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid’s research primarily focuses on Empirical Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance. His work is published in academic, peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Empirical Finance, European Financial Management, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Journal of Investment Management, and as chapters in books and as articles in non-peer-reviewed journals and newspapers. Peer reviewer for various academic journals Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid acts as a peer reviewer for various academic journals, including Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, The Financial Review, European Journal of Finance, German Economic Review and Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, and is involved in the European Finance Association Conference. Research seminars and executive education programmes As Associate Professor of Finance and Corporate Governance, Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid taught at the Bachelor’s and Master’s Levels at the University of Mannheim. At the University of St.Gallen, he will give lectures and conduct research seminars on Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance in the Management major, in the MBF at the Master’s Level and at the Doctoral Level. He will also contribute to a variety of issues in the executive education programme “Fit for Alternative Investments” offered by the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance. Director at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid succeeds Prof. Dr. Klaus Spremann. He occupies the position of a Director at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance (s/bf-HSG).