Swiss Life's Board of Directors has appointed Klaus G. Leyh, formerly Chief Market Officer of Swiss Life in Germany, as new CEO Germany and member of the Swiss Life Group’s Corporate Executive Board. Klaus G. Leyh will assume his new position on 1 October 2008 as the successor of Manfred Behrens, who became Co-CEO of AWD at the beginning of September.
Klaus G. Leyh (42) has a wealth of experience in the insurance industry. An economics graduate, he held management positions in marketing, product management and e-business at several renowned insurance companies in Germany before joining Swiss Life in 2001. Initially head of its e-commerce and e-business activities in Germany, he later assumed responsibility for distribution service, control and sales promotion. As the Head of Distribution, he became a member of Swiss Life’s Executive Board in Germany in 2006 with responsibility for the entire external sales force.

“We are very pleased to have found an excellent successor for Manfred Behrens internally,” said Swiss Life’s Group CEO Bruno Pfister. “Klaus G. Leyh is ideally suited for this role thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the German insurance market and his broadly-based experience. He will be a valuable addition to our Corporate Executive Board.”
Swiss Life
The Swiss Life Group is one of Europe's leading providers of life insurance and pension solutions. The Group offers individuals and corporations a broad range of products combined with comprehensive advice through its own sales force as well as brokers and banks in Switzerland, France and Germany. It provides internationally operating corporations with employee benefits solutions from a single source, and is among the global leaders in structured life and pension products for high net worth individuals with its centres of competence in Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Singapore.

Swiss Life is the majority shareholder of the Hanover-based AWD Group, one of Europe's top financial services providers for the medium- and high-income customer segments. AWD offers its clients independent financial advisory services. It employs around 6600 financial consultants in ten European countries.

Swiss Life Holding Ltd, registered in Zurich, was founded in 1857 as Schweizerische Rentenanstalt. The shares of Swiss Life Holding Ltd are listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (SLHN). The Swiss Life Group employs a staff of around 9000.
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