Swiss Federal Council appoints Tamara Pfammatter as Director of the Federal Tax Administration (FTA)

Bern, 16.11.2022 – Today, the Federal Council appointed Tamara Pfammatter as the new Director of the Federal Tax Administration (FTA). With effect from 1 April 2023, she will succeed Adrian Hug, whose tenure has been extended beyond the statutory pension age by means of a fixed term contract until x March 31, 2023, when he will retire from the FTA.

Tamara Pfammatter emerged from the regular application process as the candidate who best met the requirements, and the Head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) therefore proposed her to the Federal Council for appointment.

Tamara Pfammatter is currently an ambassador and a member of management at the State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF). As the Head of the Tax Division, she is responsible for Switzerland’s international tax dossiers and for the multilateral negotiations in the OECD’s project on taxing the global economy. For over a year prior to her current post, she was deputy divisional head in the Tax Division and divisional head in the Corporate Taxation Policy Division at SIF. From 2009 to 2020, she worked as a project leader in the Tax Policy Division of the FTA. She lectured on a part-time basis on Direct Taxation for experts in finance and accounting, and worked as a researcher at the universities of Bern and Zurich.

Ms Pfammatter studied law and has a post-graduate qualification in Public Administration. She is a lecturer at the University of Zurich. German is her mother tongue and she also speaks French, Italian and English.

The Director of the FTA is in charge of staffing, organisational, technical and administrative matters at the FTA administrative unit. The job profile requires a university degree and several years’ professional and leadership experience in a high-level post in the financial sector or in administration. A very good understanding of the Swiss political system is a prerequisite, as are excellent communication skills. In addition, the Director of the FTA contributes to a favourable tax environment and to the ongoing development of the tax system, as well as representing the Confederation in cantonal and parliamentary committees.

With the appointment of Tamara Pfammatter at its head, the FTA is gaining a very committed, conscientious and solution-oriented lawyer with an excellent specialist knowledge of tax matters and a well developed feel for politics. As a result of her previous posts, she has a broad network at the political, governmental and economic levels, and is well versed in the challenges posed by the tax environment both at home and abroad.