Swiss Re Announces CEO Transition: Andreas Berger to Succeed Christian Mumenthaler
Swiss Re Announces CEO Transition: Andreas Berger to Succeed Christian Mumenthaler
Swiss Re has revealed a significant leadership transition. In a statement released today, the Board of Directors has appointed Andreas Berger as the new Group Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 1, 2024.

Berger will succeed Christian Mumenthaler, who has served as the Group CEO for the past eight years and has been associated with Swiss Re for 25 years.

The announcement marks a notable shift in the company’s top management. Mumenthaler, who has steered Swiss Re through various challenges and successes during his tenure, will be stepping down from his role. Berger, who brings with him a wealth of experience, is poised to take over the reins of the company at a crucial juncture.

Based in Zurich, Swiss Re is recognized for its expertise in risk management and reinsurance solutions. The decision to appoint Berger reflects the company’s commitment to ensuring continuity and strong leadership as it navigates through evolving market dynamics.

The transition is anticipated to be seamless, with Mumenthaler working closely with Berger to facilitate a smooth handover process. The Board of Directors expresses confidence in Berger’s ability to lead Swiss Re into its next phase of growth and innovation.

Jacques de Vaucleroy, Swiss Re’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “The Board unanimously determined that Andreas Berger is the right person to build on the firm’s current momentum and lead Swiss Re into the next phase of its development. After five years with Swiss Re, he looks back on a convincing track record, underscored by the successful turnaround of the Corporate Solutions Business Unit he has led. He has demonstrated a strong focus on execution while at the same time innovating the business with data analytics-based solutions. He will carry forward a culture of performance and achievements and strong leadership values. The Board’s thorough succession planning process has resulted in the appointment of an outstanding candidate for the role of Group CEO while it has also demonstrated the strength and depth of Swiss Re’s leadership talent.”

He continued: “Christian Mumenthaler steered the company through a period with elevated natural catastrophe activity, an unprecedented low interest rate environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. During his eight-year tenure, Swiss Re’s premiums earned and fee income grew from around USD 30 billion in 2015 to USD 45 billion in 2023 and Group capitalisation was also strengthened substantially, as evidenced by the increased Swiss Solvency Test ratio. With the tailwind of delivering on all 2023 financial targets, a dividend increase, and the positive effects of Group reorganisation coming through, now is the right moment for CEO succession. Christian is an incredibly dedicated, passionate, and intellectually strong leader who has made an impact, also beyond Swiss Re. On behalf of the Board, I want to express gratitude and appreciation for his strong commitment and his contributions to the success of the firm. We wish him all the best.” 

Christian Mumenthaler said: “It has been a true privilege to serve and lead Swiss Re for so long. I am immensely thankful for the experience and for the progress the entire company has made during this time, rallying so much outstanding talent behind a meaningful purpose. I am pleased to be handing over the helm when the company has been able to deliver on its promises. I feel now is the right moment for me to move on. It is fantastic that we appoint one of my colleagues to succeed me. With Andreas, Swiss Re will be in good hands.”

Andreas Berger said: “I am honoured by the Board’s decision to appoint me to lead this great company. Swiss Re has an outstanding global client franchise across Reinsurance and Corporate Solutions, underpinned by the incredibly strong Swiss Re brand and capital position. I’m looking forward to working with all my colleagues on the Group Executive Committee, Swiss Re’s employees and the Board of Directors to further strengthen this franchise and serve Swiss Re’s clients to achieve their goals.”

Andreas Berger will take over the role of Group CEO of Swiss Re from Christian Mumenthaler effective 1 July 2024. At the same time, he will step down as the CEO of Corporate Solutions, and the selection process for his successor has been initiated.

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