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elipsLife has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss Re since October 2011. This is entirely to the advantage of our clients: while elipsLife possesses profound expertise in occupational and private pension provision for death and disability risks as an independent insurance company, Swiss Re, one of the leading global reinsurer in the Life & Health insurance segment, contributes extraordinary financial strength.

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Members of the Board of Directors

Andreas Berger

Andreas Berger
Master's degree in Law Master's degree in Business Administration Chairman to the Board of Directors

Andreas Berger

Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Matthias Grass

Matthias Grass
Masters in Finance Masters in Science in Business Administration Member of the Board of Directors

Matthias Grass

Chief Financial Officer, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Rejean Bresner BoD member

Réjean Besner
Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries Member of the Board of Directors

Réjean Besner

Chief Risk Officer, Swiss Re Life Capital

Members of the Executive Team

Julien Descombes

Julien Descombes
Group CEO a.i.*

Julien Descombes

Julien Descombes has more than 25 years of experience in the life and health (re-)Insurance business. He has developed his broad leadership skills since joining Swiss Re in 1997, where he has held various leadership and executive roles. As of 2012, Julien was Managing Director and Head of L&H Products EMEA. In 2017, Julien was Chief Underwriting Officer of Swiss Re Life Capital and at the end of 2020, a.i. CEO Life Capital. In 2019/2020 he took on the role of Deputy CEO elipsLife for a year. In 2021 he became Head Life & Health Swiss Re Institute.

He studied Mathematics / Actuarial Science at the University of Montréal and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).

Julien is CEO a.i. elipsLife since April 2021 and was a member of the elipsLife Board of Directors for seven years.

 

*subject to regulatory approval

Albert Bakker

Albert Bakker
CEO North & South Europe

Albert Bakker

Albert Bakker is responsible for the elipsLife Benelux organization. He has worked in the Dutch insurance industry for over 22 years. In the initial 9 years he worked as COO in one of the leading insurance companies, SNS Reaal. In the last 13 years he was CEO of several Dutch and international insurance companies, a.o. the pension Division of Achmea.

Albert studied Business Economics at the University of Rotterdam, followed by a post MBA in Accountancy. After working for 3 years as an auditor he held various Finance functions, before stepping into the insurance world. 

He joined elipsLife in 2017, the moment elipsLife changed to a country organization. As CEO Benelux he is responsible for both the Dutch and Belgian market.

Patricia Mattle CEO Switzerland Liechtenstein

Patricia Mattle
CEO Central Europe

Patricia Mattle

Patricia Mattle has over 10 years of experience in the insurance sector and is a recognised expert in the employee benefits field. Patricia has held a variety of roles in the areas of employee benefits and pension funds, and has spent time working in the US and France, all of which has allowed her to develop a broad range of skills and international experience in life and health insurance.

In her most recent role before joining elipsLife, Patricia spent two years in the Pensions department at AXA Switzerland as Head of Autonomous Market Group Life.

Patricia holds an MA in Marketing, Services and Communication Management from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).

She has been responsible for Central Europe and CEO Switzerland/Liechtenstein at elipsLife since April 2020.

Jennifer Hartley Head Medical Insurance

Jennifer Hartley
Head Medical Insurance and Inforce Management*

Jennifer Hartley

Jennifer Hartley has more than 20 years of international experience in the life and health (re)insurance business. She has built her experience through various actuarial positions with international insurance and reinsurance companies. In 2015 she joined Swiss Re as Team Lead, USG Reporting Actuary CELA, L&H Business Management and became Head Medical Reinsurance EMEA, L&H Products, in 2018. 

She studied Mathematics and Psychology at the University of Queensland, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Mathematics, a Bachelor of Laws from Open University UK and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).

Jennifer is Head Medical Insurance and Inforce Management at elipsLife since September 2020 and a member of the elipsLife Executive Team since July 2021.

*subject to regulatory approval

Alex Kirk

Alex Kirk
Chief Financial Officer a.i.*

Alex Kirk

Alex Kirk is a seasoned Finance professional with over 20 years of insurance experience. He has worked in various roles in finance, accounting and business performance for international banks and insurance companies. Alex Kirk brings a wide range of experience and a comprehensive skill set in the area of financial management, planning, reporting and analysis to elipsLife.

He joined Swiss Re in 2013 where he held various positions, working for Admin Re and then Life Capital as Head of Financial Planning and Reporting for more than 6 years, followed by the role of Head Finance and CFO SRLC Re from 2019 until the beginning of 2021. Most recently, Alex Kirk has been heading Accounting & Reporting & IFRS at iptiQ.

Alex Kirk is a qualified management accountant.

As of 1 November 2021, Alex Kirk is a.i. CFO and Member of the Executive Team elipsLife.

 

*subject to regulatory approval

Claude Schwarz

Claude Schwarz
Chief Underwriting Officer

Claude Schwarz

Claude Schwarz holds a PhD in Physics from ETH Zurich and is a qualified Swiss Actuary. He spent 22 years in pricing, product development, actuarial tool development, business steering and actuarial governance of Life & Health reinsurance at Swiss Re. During that time Claude spent two years with L&H Product Management in the UK and he was also seconded to Munich for over three years to head the L&H Product Hub, looking after the L&H business in Germany, Eastern and Northern Europe.

Claude Schwarz joined elipsLife in 2017 as Global Head Pricing and Actuarial Services and assumes the role of Chief Underwriting Officer since April 2020.

Ettore Franzolin

Ettore Franzolin
Chief Risk Officer*

Ettore Franzolin

Ettore Franzolin holds a PhD in Geochemistry and Petrology from ETH Zurich. He started his career as Pricing Actuary in Corporate Solutions and over the last 10 years, has held various roles in Risk Management at Swiss Re. Ettore has built his experience in a wide range of global topics including capital, risk tolerance, governance, assurance and operational risk management. He led Swiss Re’s Group Risks & Analytics Risk Steering Team for four years and went on to become Head Global Risk Management at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in 2019. In addition, Ettore Franzolin joined elipsLife as Chief Risk Officer in 2021.

*subject to regulatory approval

Kaspar Weiss - Chief Technology Officer

Kaspar Weiss
Chief Technology Officer

Kaspar Weiss

With Kaspar Weiss, elipsLife has found a highly qualified IT specialist with many years of experience to take over responsibility for the company's Information Technology department. From 2001 to 2005, Kaspar Weiss worked for Sunrise as Customer Care Director and Head Technical Support. From 2005 to 2009, he worked for British Telecom as International Head of Services Operations in charge of customer support and network operations in large parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From 2009 until most recently, Kaspar Weiss worked for Swisscom Switzerland Ltd as Head of Service Center & Assurance, in which position he was responsible for ensuring the availability and quality of all Swisscom's networks and IT applications.

Kaspar Weiss is in charge of elipsLife's Information Technology department as of March 2013.

Country CEOs

Albert Bakker

Albert Bakker
CEO North & South Europe

Albert Bakker

Albert Bakker is responsible for the elipsLife Benelux organization. He has worked in the Dutch insurance industry for over 22 years. In the initial 9 years he worked as COO in one of the leading insurance companies, SNS Reaal. In the last 13 years he was CEO of several Dutch and international insurance companies, a.o. the pension Division of Achmea.

Albert studied Business Economics at the University of Rotterdam, followed by a post MBA in Accountancy. After working for 3 years as an auditor he held various Finance functions, before stepping into the insurance world.  He joined elipsLife in 2017, the moment elipsLife changed to a country organization. As CEO Benelux he is responsible for both the Dutch and Belgian market.

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Patricia Mattle CEO Switzerland Liechtenstein

Patricia Mattle
CEO Central Europe

Patricia Mattle

Patricia Mattle has over 10 years of experience in the insurance sector and is a recognised expert in the employee benefits field. Patricia has held a variety of roles in the areas of employee benefits and pension funds, and has spent time working in the US and France, all of which has allowed her to develop a broad range of skills and international experience in life and health insurance.

In her most recent role before joining elipsLife, Patricia spent two years in the Pensions department at AXA Switzerland as Head of Autonomous Market Group Life.

Patricia holds an MA in Marketing, Services and Communication Management from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).

She has been responsible for Central Europe and CEO Switzerland/Liechtenstein at elipsLife since April 2020.

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Jan Möller CEO DE/AT

Jan Möller*
CEO Germany and Austria

Jan Möller

Jan Möller is responsible for elipsLife Germany & Austria. In his role as country CEO he will continue to develop a market for biometric risk insurance in Germany and Austria. He has more than 12 years of experience in the insurance industry with international companies in the corporate non-life and life business. As a (re-)insurance lawyer, he has extensive legal and market strategy expertise in the German insurance market. He started working for XL Catlin Group in 2009 as Legal Counsel & Compliance Officer and was appointed Deputy General Counsel of Germany, Benelux and Scandinavia in early 2017. In April 2017 Jan joined elipsLife in Germany as Head Legal Germany. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cologne.

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*subject to regulatory approval

Pierluigi Verderosa CEO Italy

Pierluigi Verderosa
CEO Italy

Pierluigi Verderosa

Pierluigi Verderosa joined elipsLife in January 2020 as CEO Italy, responsible for the overall business development and operations in the Italian market. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Italian insurance industry. In his many different roles he worked in marketing and sales with agents and financial advisors channels, technical departments in Property & Casualty as well as Life.

In addition lead more than 250 people and was also head of operations. As General Manager of Cardif BNPP’s Italian subsidiary, Pierluigi launched a new business unit for managing the Italian insurance of salary and pension granted loans. With this initiative Cardif become market leader in Italy.

He holds a degree in Management & Economics  from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. 

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International presence

 

elipsLife operates in Europe. In Europe, elipsLife has a market presence in Switzerland (Zurich), Liechtenstein (Vaduz), Benelux (Hoofddorp), Germany/Austria (Cologne), Italy (Milan), and Ireland (Dublin). In accordance with the principle of freedom to provide services, elipsLife also operates in Belgium. The Austrian market is served by the office in Cologne.

 

elipsLife European markets

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