“How to survive a real crisis” was the topic of a fascinating talk by Dr. Roberto Canessa, survivor of the 1972 Andes plane crash, at an evening seminar for clients in Santiago de Chile in May co-hosted by Cruz del Sur and the Swiss Life Network.
The client event was part of the Latin America Conference 2009, held in Santiago de Chile on May 13-14, 2009. The conference brought together all Latin American Network Partners to discuss strategies and agree action to achieve a single aim: to offer the best solutions and services to our clients and their intermediaries.

Cruz del Sur and the Swiss Life Network were pleased to welcome over 100 representatives of multinational subsidiaries, as well as intermediaries from the entire Latin American region to the client evening.

New pension savings plan from Cruz del Sur
CEO of Cruz del Sur, Andrés Lehuedé, opened the conference by welcoming the participants and presenting an overview of Cruz del Sur and its extensive range of added-value products and services for multinational clients. One example is their new state-of-the-art collective voluntary pension saving plan (APVC), offered by Cruz del Sur since the beginning of 2009. This new product is aimed at employees of multinational companies and includes interesting tax benefits and subsidies for employees and companies.

Importance of employee benefit plans
Margrit Schmid, Head of the Swiss Life Network, and Daniel Dubach, Regional Sales Director South, explained the key factors affecting our world today: demographic changes, a difficult financial environment, continuing globalisation, rising demand for regulation, and continuing demand for protection. These combine to make adequate employee benefit solutions an important investment for every company.

Teamwork is vital for survival
The highlight of the client event was the speech by guest speaker Dr. Roberto Canessa, one of 16 survivors of a plane crash in the Andes in 1972, and three times Uruguayan National Medicine Award winner. During his fascinating speech, Dr. Canessa explained how he survived in temperatures below 30 degrees, and described how teamwork played an important role.

Margrit Schmid summed up the key factors for survival under these difficult circumstances: a team approach, sharing know-how and experience, as well as trust and reliability. It’s no coincidence that these factors are also essential for cooperation with clients and brokers.

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