(Bloomberg) -- When Julius Baer Group Ltd. was looking for a new leader in 2009, Boris Collardi wasn’t exactly a shoo-in. Five years on, Switzerland’s private banking protege still has a lot to prove.

In an industry dominated by executives in their 50s and 60s, Collardi was 34 when he became chief executive officer of the country’s third-largest wealth manager. He vaulted to the top on the back of two stints in Singapore and promotions at Credit Suisse Group AG -- valuable experience for a company wooing wealthy people in emerging markets.

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