Subject to approval by the relevant authorities, Mr. Grass will assume the role on 1 July 2020 and join the Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Executive Committee. He will relocate from Bratislava to Zurich. He will oversee a team of around 200 finance professionals in offices around the world.
Since joining Swiss Re in 2013, Mr. Grass has served as Chief Financial Officer of Group Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Swiss Re's service companies. During this time, he significantly improved cost management, operations and steering across the Swiss Re Group. He also played a key role in implementing the global operations strategy and expanding the company's presence in Bratislava. Previously, Mr. Grass spent 8 years with McKinsey & Company, where he held numerous positions of increasing seniority.
A German national, Mr. Grass holds a Master's in Finance from the London Business School in the UK and a Master's in Science and Business Administration from Handelshochschule Leipzig in Germany. He speaks German, English and French and has lived and worked in Europe and Canada.
Andreas Berger, CEO Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, stated:
"Matthias has shown he is an effective leader who has achieved ambitious targets, inspired his people, and helped grow our very successful Bratislava operation. I am pleased he will join Corporate Solutions during this transformative time in our development. Matthias will be a driving force in refining our strategy as we advance corporate insurance for the benefit of our customers."
Mr. Grass succeeds Martin Mueller, who has been appointed Head Global Finance Transformation for the Swiss Re Group. Mr. Mueller served as Chief Financial Officer of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions since November 2017.