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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
*subject to regulatory approval

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
*subject to regulatory approval

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
*subject to regulatory approval

Julien Descombes

Julien Descombes
Graduated in Mathematics / Actuarial Science Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) Member of the Board of Directors*

Julien Descombes

Chief Executive Officer Life Capital Ad Interim
*subject to regulatory approval

Members of the Executive Team

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Christoph Gaus
Group CEO

Christoph Gaus

Christoph Gaus has more than 20 years’ experience in the international insurance sector. He possesses outstanding leadership skills and a great deal of experience in a variety of areas, including project and product management, sales and marketing. Prior to joining elipsLife, Christoph spent five years at Zurich Insurance Group, where he was employed as Head of Retail Management and was also a member of the management board for the group’s Swiss business unit.

He holds a Master in Economics, with a focus on Business Information Technology and Information Management, and this extensive theoretical knowledge is complemented by years of practical expertise gleaned from business, process and technology transformation projects.

Christoph has been CEO elipsLife since October 2019. He was previously CEO Europe from June 2018.

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.

Wouter Moritz Chief Financial Officer

Wouter Moritz
Chief Financial Officer

Wouter Moritz

Wouter Moritz has 17 years of experience in the insurance industry where he has worked in various finance roles such as international finance business partner and country CFO. Wouter Moritz brings a wide range of experience and comprehensive skill set in the area of financial planning, analysis, accounting and external reporting. 

After joining elipsLife in 2015, he continuously built up the finance function in all countries. Lastly he was Head Financial Planning & Analysis and interim CFO at elipsLife. 

Wouter studied Business Economics at the Amsterdam University and started his career as an auditor. 

As of April 2020 Wouter Moritz is CFO of elipsLife.

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.

Christina Mueller

Christina Müller
Chief Risk Officer

Christina Müller

Christina Müller has more than 17 years of experience in the financial market sector. She joined elipsLife from Swiss Re’s Group Risk Management in November 2019. At Swiss Re she had been responsible for providing Group-level risk and solvency information to the Group Board of Directors, Executive Committee as well as to regulators, rating agencies and investors.

Prior to joining Swiss Re in 2010, Christina worked as a Marketer of Structured Fixed Income Products at UBS Investment Bank developing and distributing tailored investment solutions to banks across Europe.

Christina has been CRO elipsLife since November 2019.

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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Lucas Müller

Lucas Müller
CEO Germany and Austria

Lucas Müller

Lucas Müller is responsible for elipsLife Germany. In his role as country CEO he has the challenge to raise local needs and to develop a new German market for biometric risk insurance. For more than 10 years he has been working in the area of biometric Group insurance solutions in connection with private pension provision.

Following his masters degree in  economics from the university of Fribourg, Switzerland, he successfully completed the Swiss Re Graduates Programme. After a short stint with a Swiss health insurance company, he joined elipsLife in 2011 where he was Head Sales Switzerland/Liechtenstein and responsible for building up the Swiss distribution department. He has been CEO of the German branch of elipsLife since May 2017, and CEO of the Austrian branch since July 2020.

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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 and the US. 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, the US market is served by our office in Schaumburg, Illinois.

 

International presence

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