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Thomas Buess

Born 1957, Swiss national
Group Chief Financial Officer (Group CFO)


After completing his business administration and economics studies at the University of St. Gallen and a two-year research activity at the Institute of International Economics, Thomas Buess launched his career in insurance in 1985. From 1985 to 1993 he assumed various positions in the area of finance at the ELVIA Group. In 1994 he joined Zurich Financial Services Group as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss P&C business unit. From 1997 to 1999 he was Chief Financial Officer of all Swiss operations. In 1999 Thomas Buess moved to the USA as Chief Financial Officer of Zurich Financial Services Group’s North American business area. In 2002 he was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Group Management Board. Thomas Buess went on to head the reorganisation of the life insurance business before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer of Zurich Financial Services Global Life in 2004. In January 2009 he moved to Allianz Group as Head of Operational Transformation.

In August 2009 Thomas Buess joined the Swiss Life Group as Group Chief Financial Officer (Group CFO) and Member of the Corporate Executive Board.

Other appointments

  • Swiss Insurance Association (SIA), Chairman of the Finance and Regulation Committee