Cookies on elipsLife's website

This website uses cookies. If you continue to use this site, you automatically agree to the use of cookies. More information is available at Data Protection.

We keep our promises Wir halten unser Versprechen als Lebensversicherungsgesellschaft
Company

We care about your employees

Organisation

Shareholder

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.

Shareholders

Members of the Board of Directors

Thierry Léger - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Thierry Léger
Master Civil Engineering, ETHZ
Executive MBA, HSG
Chairman to the Board of Directors

Thierry Léger

CEO Swiss Re Life Capital

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

Brian Rosenblum BoD member

Brian Rosenblum
Bachelor of Science in Economics, Binghampton University, New York
Fellow of Society of Actuaries and CFA Chartholder
Member of the Board of Directors*

Brian Rosenblum

Chief Financial Officer Asset Management, Swiss Re Life Capital
*subject to regulatory approval

Pravina Ladva

Pravina Ladva
Member of the Board of Directors

Pravina Ladva

Chief Technology & Operations Officer, Swiss Re Life Capital 

Members of the Executive Board

Picture of Christoph Gaus

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.

Julien Descombes

Julien Descombes
a.i. Deputy CEO

Julien Descombes

Julien Descombes has 22 years of experience in the life and health re/insurance industry. He started his professional career at Vaudoise Assurances in Lausanne as an Actuary for the Individual Life team in 1994. In 1997, Julien joined Swiss Re and over the years has held various leadership positions. In October 2012, he was appointed Head L&H Products Continental Europe, Middle East & Latin America Hub. In January 2015, Julien was appointed Head L&H Products Europe, Middle East & Africa. He joined Swiss Re's Life Capital Business Unit in 2017 as Chief Underwriting Officer and Member of the Life Capital Executive Committee. 

Julien has been interim Deputy CEO elipsLife since October 2019 in addition to his role as Chief Underwriting Officer of Swiss Re Life Capital.

Kaspar Weiss - Chief Technology Officer

Ralf Hardegger
Chief Business Architect

Ralf Hardegger

After his Master of Science in Biology Ralf Hardegger startet his career in Health Insurance in the area of Finance, IT and Organization. He introduced several projects parallel to the completion of his eMBA. After that he built the corporate business of Symany for the next 6 years working at the interface of business and IT.

Since August 2011 Ralf Hardegger has built up as COO of elipsLife the operational business across Europe. After half a year of investment into the operational launch of the US he is responsible since April 2019 for the global solution engineering as Chief Business Architect.

Picture of Eric Herbelin

Eric Herbelin
CEO Americas

Eric Herbelin

Eric Herbelin is responsible for the market entry of elipsLife in the US and the overall development of our business in the region. He has worked in the insurance sector for over 28 years and has in-depth expertise in business development and strategy implementation across international markets. Prior to joining elipsLife, Eric spent 16 years at Zurich Insurance Group. He eventually rose to the position of Head of Group CEO Office, a role in which he was responsible for managing the strategic agenda of the entire Group.

He holds an Executive MBA from IMD, a Master in Human Systems Engineering and a Bachelor in Business Administration.

Eric spent a year as Head of Business Development & Acquisitions at elipsLife after joining the company. Since January 2018, he has been responsible for developing our business on the US market as CEO Americas.

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 Benelux

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.

R-Znvy Nyoreg Onxxre, PRB Oraryhk&aofc;

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. 

R-Znvy Cvreyhvtv Ireqrebfn, PRB Vgnyl

Lucas Müller

Lucas Müller
a.i. CEO Switzerland

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. Since May 2017 he has been leading the German entity of elipsLife as country CEO.

R-Znvy Yhpnf Z&hhzy;yyre, n.v. PRB Fjvgmreynaq

George Harbut

George Harbut
CEO Ireland

George Harbut

Appointed elipsLife Ireland CEO in January 2019, George Harbut is responsible for the Private Medical Insurance and Group Life & Health business in Ireland, and is also Swiss Re’s Country President for Ireland.  He has 25 years of experience across sales, product and finance roles in the international re/insurance sector, joining elipsLife as Head Strategy and Business Development in October 2017.

Prior to that he held several roles at Swiss Re, most recently Head of Corporate Development for Life Capital, responsible for establishing and growing the business unit. George holds a degree in Accounting, a Masters in Insurance & Risk Management and is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute. 

R-Znvy Trbetr Uneohg, PRB Verynaq

Picture of Eric Herbelin

Eric Herbelin
CEO USA

Eric Herbelin

Eric Herbelin is responsible for the market entry of elipsLife in the US and the overall development of our business in the region. He has worked in the insurance sector for over 28 years and has in-depth expertise in business development and strategy implementation across international markets. Prior to joining elipsLife, Eric spent 16 years at Zurich Insurance Group. He eventually rose to the position of Head of Group CEO Office, a role in which he was responsible for managing the strategic agenda of the entire Group.

He holds an Executive MBA from IMD, a Master in Human Systems Engineering and a Bachelor in Business Administration.

Eric spent a year as Head of Business Development & Acquisitions at elipsLife after joining the company. Since January 2018, he has been responsible for developing our business on the US market as CEO Americas.

R-Znvy Revp Ureoryva, PRB Nzrevpnf

Lucas Müller

Lucas Müller
CEO Germany

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. Since May 2017 he has been leading the German entity of elipsLife as country CEO.

R-Znvy Yhpnf Z&hhzy;yyre, PRB Treznal

International presence

elipsLife operates in Europe and the US. In Europe, elipsLife has a market presence in Switzerland (Zurich), Liechtenstein (Triesen), Benelux (Amstelveen), Germany (Cologne), Italy (Milan), and Ireland (Dublin). In accordance with the principle of freedom to provide services, elipsLife also operates in Belgium. The US headquarters are in Missouri. elipsLife serves the US market out of Schaumburg, Illinois. 

International presence

Organisational chart

Organisational Chart

More Topics

13 November 2019

Pierluigi Verderosa appointed new elipsLife CEO Italy

18 October 2019

Reto Toscan succeeded by Christoph Gaus as CEO elipsLife