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.

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 estab-lished 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 2011. 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 Certi-fied Accountants and Tax Consultants, and internal guidelines at PwC.

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Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors SLH shares 31.12.2016
Rolf Dörig, Chairman of the Board of Directors
33 290
Gerold Bührer 7 151
Frank Schnewlin 4 804
Wolf Becke 983
Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli 463
Ueli Dietiker 697
Damir Filipovic 1 446
Frank W. Keuper 683
Henry Peter 9 483
Franziska Tschudi Sauber 2 900
Klaus Tschütscher 683
Total Board of Directors
62 583

Corporate Executive Board

Members of the

Corporate Executive Board

Restricted Share Units

(RSU) 31.12.20161

SLH shares


Patrick Frost, Group CEO 9 446 11 625
Thomas Buess 6 455 17 704
Nils Frowein 5 258 600
Ivo Furrer 6 455 1 000
Markus Leibundgut 5 035 3 070
Stefan Mächler 3 307 1 500
Charles Relecom 5 017 3 430
Total Corporate Executive Board
40 973 38 929

1 Total number of RSUs allocated in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 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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There are approximately 200 000 registered shareholders - almost 5 000 of whom are institutional investors.

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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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