Tom de SWAAN re-elected Chairman of the Board at ZURICH Insurance Group; Catherine P. BESSANT new member of the Board of Directors

30 March 2017 — Daniela GHETU
At the Annual General Meeting of ZURICH Insurance Group Ltd (Zurich), shareholders elected Catherine P. BESSANT to the Board of Directors. They also re-elected Tom de SWAAN as Chairman for a further term of office of one year. All other members of the Board of Directors were also re-elected for another one-year term of office.

Tom de SWAAN, Christoph FRANZ, Fred KINDLE and Kishore MAHBUBANI were re-elected for another one-year term as members of the Remuneration Committee.

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Zurich, was re-elected as auditor for the 2017 financial year.

In its constituent meeting held after the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors re-elected Fred KINDLE as Vice-Chairman.

The Board of Directors and the committees now consist of the following members:
  • Tom de SWAAN, Chairman
  • Fred KINDLE, Vice-Chairman
  • Joan AMBLE
  • Catherine P. BESSANT
  • Susan BIES
  • Dame Alison CARNWATH
  • Christoph FRANZ
  • Jeffrey L. HAYMAN
  • Monica MAECHLER
  • Kishore MAHBUBANI
  • David NISH
Tom de SWAAN (Chairman)

tom-de-swaan80Tom de Swaan has served in the banking industry of the Netherlands for over 40 years. He joined De Nederlandsche Bank N.V. in 1972 and from 1986 until 1998 he was a member of the governing board. In January 1999, he became a member of the managing board and chief financial officer of ABN AMRO Bank. He retired from ABN AMRO in May 2006, but continued as an adviser to the managing board until June 2007. Between 1987 and 1988, Mr. de Swaan was chairman of the Amsterdam Financial Center and from 1995 to 1997, chairman of the banking supervisory sub-committee of the European Monetary Institute. He was also a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision from 1991 to 1996, its chairman from 1997 to 1998, and a non-executive director on the board of the UK's Financial Services Authority from January 2001 until the end of 2006. From 2006 until May 2015 he was a non-executive member of the board of GlaxoSmithKline Plc. From 2008 until February 2016, Mr. de Swaan was a member of the supervisory board of Van Lanschot NV, the holding company of F. van Lanschot Bankiers, an independent Dutch bank. He also served as its chairman until December 2015. He has been a member of the boards of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since April 2006. In March 2012 he was elected vice-chairman, acting as chairman from August 2013. He was elected chairman of the Board in September 2013. In addition Mr. de Swaan served as Chief Executive Officer a.i. from December 2015 to early March 2016.

fred-kindle80Fred KINDLE (Vice-Chairman)

Fred Kindle worked at Hilti AG in Liechtenstein from 1984 until 1986. From 1988 until 1992 he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York and Zurich. He then joined Sulzer AG in Switzerland, where he held several management positions. In 1999 he was appointed CEO of Sulzer Industries and in 2001 he became CEO of Sulzer AG. After joining ABB Ltd in 2004, Mr. Kindle was appointed CEO of ABB Group, a position he held until 2008. From 2008 to 2015 he was a partner of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLP, a private equity firm based in New York and London. In 2016 he took on the role of operating adviser to that company. He has been a member of the boards of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since April 2006. He was elected vice-chairman in September 2013.

Catherine P. BESSANT (Member of the Board of Directors)

catherine-bessant80Catherine P. Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America and a member of the Bank of America's executive management team. Since joining Bank of America in 1982 as a corporate banker, she has held numerous senior leadership positions within that company: president of Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president of Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and market president of Bank of America, Florida. Prior to being appointed to her current position, Ms. Bessant served as president of Global Corporate Banking. Ms. Bessant has led Bank of America's Global Technology and Operations since 2010. In that role she is responsible for end-to-end technology and operating services across the company, overseeing nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries. She became a member of the Board of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in March 2017.

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