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Swiss Re: A Fresh Start with New CEO and Board Chair

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Berger Joins Mumenthaler as CEO in Swiss Re

Swiss Re, one of the largest reinsurers in the world, is set to have Andreas Berger take over as CEO, succeeding Christian Mumenthaler. Despite posting strong annual figures for 2023 and achieving a net profit of over $3 billion, Swiss Re’s share price has not performed as well as its competitors in recent years. Berger, who currently heads the Corporate Solutions business unit at Swiss Re, will assume the role of CEO in July this year.

The departure of Mumenthaler comes as a surprise, given his mixed business performance in recent years. However, analysts like Simon Fössmeier note that it was expected at some point given the challenges faced by the company in previous years and its failure to meet investor expectations multiple times. The resignation of Mumenthaler marks a turning point for Swiss Re and an opportunity to move forward and build on recent successes.

The appointment of Berger is seen as a positive move by analysts like Georg Marti and Michael Klien from Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB), who believe that his leadership will be well-received by the market. Despite a decline in Swiss Re’s share price following the announcement, the company is benefitting from a positive market environment. The change in leadership is viewed as a measure to avoid repeating past mistakes and to continue the positive momentum seen in 2023.

In addition to the change in CEO, there will also be a change in chairman of the board of directors with Jacques de Vaucleroy likely to take over. This is part of an ongoing realignment at Swiss Re aimed at ensuring continued growth and development for the company under new leadership. With Ermotti’s return to UBS after a brief stint at Swiss Re, the company is focused on maintaining a results-oriented approach under new leadership.

Overall, Berger’s appointment as CEO represents an exciting opportunity for Swiss Re to continue its growth trajectory and overcome past challenges through effective leadership and strategic decision making under new management.

By Samantha Nguyen

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