Share buyback programme of up to CHF 2.5 billion
Swiss Life plans to carry out a share buyback programme, as announced in November 2007, in connection with the various divestments. The General Meeting will be asked to authorise the Board of Directors to conduct a share buyback programme with a total value of up to CHF 2.5 billion. The shares acquired through a second trading line at the SWX Europe exchange, over a period of 18 months at the most, will be definitively earmarked for cancellation. The Board of Directors will propose a corresponding capital reduction to the General Meetings in 2009 and 2010, in line with the actual amount of shares repurchased.
Election of Rolf Dörig to the Board of Directors
As announced in November 2007, the Board of Directors proposes that Rolf Dörig, Group CEO since November 2002, be elected to the Board of Directors as part of the long-term succession planning for the Group's top management. It is envisaged that he will have the role of delegate of the board. His key responsibilities will involve strategy development and overseeing strategy implementation. Bruno Pfister, currently CEO International of Swiss Life, is expected to succeed him as Group CEO. In addition, incumbent board members Gerold Bührer, Paul Embrechts and Franziska Tschudi will be nominated for re-election for a term of three years each.
Swiss Life Holding's 2007 annual report and all other information concerning its General Meeting can be found at www.swisslife.com .
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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 over 6300 financial consultants in ten European countries.
Swiss Life Holding, registered in Zurich, was founded in 1857 as Schweizerische Rentenanstalt. The shares of Swiss Life Holding are listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (SLHN). The Swiss Life Group employs a staff of around 9000.
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