Executive Management

The Executive Management is the highest execu­t­ive body of Helvetia Group and is responsible for implementing the strategy adopted by the Board of Directors. The organisational structure of the Management is oriented to the value chain and the management of the operating business units. Key functions such as the management of financial operations and information technology, investment business, group reinsurance, strategic and operational functions and parts of risk and personnel management are centralised, making it easier to pool knowledge and resources. The management structure – with cross-border, functional responsibilities – is very efficient, enables rapid decision-making, enhances transparency and avoids duplication.

Two significant takeovers
The takeovers of Nationale Suisse and Basler Austria have brought about changes in the Ex­ecutive Management, both in the Group as well as in the local companies, which mainly came into force as of 1 January 2015. For the purposes of relevance, we are publishing this information in this Annual Report.

Changes to the Group Executive Management
Wolfram Wrabetz retired from the Helvetia Group Executive Management as at 31 December 2014, having been a member for many years. Wolfram Wrabetz served Helvetia for a total of 33 years, the last 20 of which as CEO for Helvetia Germany. In this role, he was also a member of the Group Executive Management since 1998.

Markus Gemperle, previously Head of Strategy and Operations, will be managing the new market area of “Europe” in the future. This includes the country markets of Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain as well as the Group-wide functions of Corporate IT and Corporate Operations. With the acquisition of Nationale Suisse, as of ­1 January 2015 David Ribeaud was appointed Head of the new market area “Specialty ­Markets” in the Group Executive Management. Previously, David Ribeaud was a Member of the Execut­ive Management of Nationale Suisse Group as Head of Specialty Lines & Foreign Countries. In this new role, Mr Ribeaud will be ­responsible for managing and developing the business lines of engineering, marine and art “Switzerland and ­International”, the market unit France as well as active reinsurance.

The Group Executive Management will continue with six members. The other responsibilities within the Executive Management remain unchanged.

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