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The Swiss Life Group is committed to openness and transparency in management and actively supports good corporate governance. Swiss Life's corporate governance is based on the SIX Swiss Exchange Directive, which came into force on 1 July 2002, and on national and international best practice.


Corporate Governance

The Corporate Governance Report describes the essential features of corporate governance at the Swiss Life Group. The full report is available in the online annual report. Below you will find an extract from the report.

As was the case last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is again serving as external statutory auditor for all Swiss Life Group companies that are directly or indirectly held by Swiss Life Holding under its scope of consolidation.

PwC confirms that it meets the legal requirements concerning professional qualification and independence.

Duration of the mandate and term of office of the lead auditor

The Articles of Association stipulate that the external auditor is to be elected by the General Meeting of Shareholders for one financial year at a time. When Swiss Life Holding was established in 2002, PwC was named statutory auditor and Group auditor. Since then PwC has been elected without fail. PwC has also acted as statutory auditor for Swiss Life Ltd since 1994. Swiss Life Holding last invited tenders for its statutory auditor and Group auditor mandate for the 2008 financial year. On completion of the evaluation process, the Board of Directors, in accordance with the proposal of the Audit Committee, again nominated PwC as its statutory auditor and Group auditor at the General Meeting of Shareholders.

The partner at PwC in charge of auditing the Swiss Life Holding annual financial statements and consolidated financial statements (lead auditor) has exercised this function since 2018.

The role of lead auditor rotates in compliance with the term of office regulations stipulated by the Swiss Code of Obligations, the independency guidelines set forth by the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants, and internal guidelines at PwC.

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Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors SLH shares 31.12.2018
Rolf Dörig, Chairman of the Board of Directors
35 365
Frank Schnewlin 5 410
Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli 707
Ueli Dietiker 1 013
Damir Filipovic 1 690
Frank W. Keuper 927
Stefan Loacker 728
Henry Peter 11 682
Franziska Tschudi Sauber 3 179
Klaus Tschütscher 937
Total Board of Directors
61 925

Corporate Executive Board

Members of the

Corporate Executive Board

Restricted Share Units

(RSU) 31.12.20181

SLH shares


Patrick Frost, Group CEO 9 323 18 593
Jörg Arnold 2 557 250
Thomas Buess 5 355 22 002
Nils Frowein 4 533 2 842
Markus Leibundgut 4 812 4 866
Stefan Mächler 4 656 3 091
Charles Relecom 4 540
1 644
Total Corporate Executive Board
35 776 53 288

1 Total number of RSUs allocated in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 in connection with the relevant equity compensation plan. The RSUs represent future subscription rights that entitle the individuals concerned to receive SLH shares after a period of three years, provided that the relevant conditions are met at that point.

In addition to its comprehensive Annual Report and Financial Statements, Swiss Life also publishes its half-year results.

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The registered shares of Swiss Life Holding (SLHN) have a nominal value of CHF 5.10 each. They are traded on the Stock Exchange in Zurich.

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On the balance sheet date some 159 000 shareholders and nominees were listed in the Swiss Life Holding share register, of which about 4300 were institutional shareholders.

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Swiss Life Holding is a public limited company incorporated under Swiss law with its registered office in Zurich and dates back to the Schweizerische Rentenanstalt founded in 1857. The holding company brings all companies and activities of the Swiss Life Group under one roof.

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