Rino Rossi will be stepping down from the Board of Directors at Swiss Life Holding's General Meeting of 27 May 2003 for reasons of age. Ulrich Oppikofer, Gilbert Coutau, Maria Luisa Garzoni and Josef Kühne have also decided to resign from the Board of Directors at the same time. Andres F. Leuenberger already announced his resignation in November last year. Henri B. Meier did so in February 2003.
Incumbent Board members Gerold Bührer and Georges Muller are standing for reelection after completing their terms of office. The following new candidates will be proposed to the shareholders for election to the Board of Directors:
Bruno Gehrig, 56, Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank
Paul Embrechts, 50, Professor of Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Rudolf Kellenberger, 58, Deputy CEO, Swiss Re
Peter Quadri, 57, Country General Manager, IBM Switzerland
Pierfranco Riva, 62, lawyer and notary (suggested by Fondiaria-SAI)
Franziska Tschudi, 44, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the WICOR Group
The Board is also to be reinforced by another leading figure in the life insurance industry from one of our core markets abroad.
The Board of Directors intends to elect Bruno Gehrig as Chairman and Gerold Bührer as Vice Chairman.
In the words of Andres F. Leuenberger, Chairman of the Swiss Life Holding Board of Directors: "We are delighted that we could recruit these outstanding individuals as candidates for Swiss Life Holding's Board of Directors. I would also like to thank my colleagues who are stepping down from the Board for the spirit of cooperation they brought to our work. With the newly defined strategy, the holding structure, the changes in top management and the capital increase we have laid a solid foundation for the Swiss Life Group's future."
The same changes and proposals also apply to the Swiss Life/Rentenanstalt Board of Directors.
The Swiss Life Group is one of Europe's leading providers of long-term savings and protection and life insurance. Swiss Life offers comprehensive advice across a broad range of products via agents, brokers and banks in both its domestic market, Switzerland, where the company is market leader, and selected European markets. Multinational companies are serviced with tailor-made solutions by a network of partners in over fifty countries.
The Swiss Life Group, registered in Zurich, was founded in 1857 as the Swiss Life Insurance and Pension Company. The shares of Swiss Life Holding are listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (SLHN). The company employs around 12,000 members of staff.
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