As one of Europe’s leading comprehensive life and pensions and financial solutions providers, Swiss Life positions itself as a top employer that attracts and retains talented employees and sup-ports their development.


With its Group-wide personnel information and management system (Workday), which will be implemented by 2024, Swiss Life aims to increase the consistency of its personnel management processes. This includes systematic and comprehensive succession planning using a standar- dised process. The process identifies business-critical succession positions, nominates internal and external candidates, assesses their potential and willingness as well as their development needs, and thus ensures a comprehensive succession-planning and development programme on multiple levels.

 The individual divisions have specific programmes to help prepare future first and second-level managers (team leaders and department heads) as well as project managers and specialists for their future roles  through training modules and project work.

At the level of the Swiss Life Group, the Key Persons Programme (KPP) is directed at Swiss Life Group  managers, specialists and project managers who already hold a key position at senior level or show potential  for such a position. The aim of the Group-wide programme is to prepare people  who show the desire and ability to help shape the company’s future in their own areas for a key position so that they can live up to their role as decision maker. The programme thus plays a role in employee and succession planning. Within a period of about 15 months, participants acquire a detailed insight into the Swiss Life Group’s main areas, receive and provide fresh impulses and apply what they have learnt to their daily work. The KPP’s focus
themes are:

  • In-depth understanding of Swiss Life’s corporate strategy and divisional business models
  • People leadership and communication
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Trends and organisational development


Alumni of the Key Persons Programme meet the participants every year at the “Shaping the Future Day”
event. At this conference they dig deep into strategically relevant issues around implementation of the current corporate programme and hold discussions with the Group Executive Board and other key people. The Key People Network (KPN) was launched on the occasion of Shaping the Future Day 2022. The aim of this network is to inspire and encourage participants to learn, and to share and use existing knowledge, experience and ideas within Swiss Life through mentoring and mutual support. At the founding event, the alumni gained insight into the topic of “network organisation” through external and internal speakers; they cultivated existing relationships and forged new ones.

Average number of years employed by segment


In 2022 In 2021
Switzerland 11 11
France 10 10
10 10
International 6 5
Asset Managers 6 5
9 10