Swiss Re

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Swiss Re is one of the world’s largest and most diversified reinsurers. Founded in 1863, the company headquarters are located in Zurich.

Record and Controversies

Revolving Door

  • Kaspar Villiger resigned from Swiss Re in March 2009 to become the new chair of UBS. Villiger joined Swiss Re’s Board of Directors in 2004. Previously he had been a member of the parliament of the canton of Lucerne and, from 1982, in the Swiss Federal Parliament. He became a Federal Councillor in 1989, and became Finance Minister in 1995 as Head of the Federal Department of Finance until the end of 2003. He was President of the Swiss Confederation in 1995 and 2002.[1]
  • Rajna Gibson Brandon, a non-executive independent director, was a member of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission until the end of 2004.[2]
  • Raymond K. F. Ch’ien is Chairman of the Hong Kong/European Union Business Cooperation Committee; a Hong Kong member of the APEC Business Advisory Council; a member of the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. From 1992 to 1997, he served as a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, then under British Administration. He then served as a member of the Executive Council of the HKSAR from July 1997 to June 2002.[3][4]
  • Raymond Breu serves on the Swiss Takeover Board.[5]
  • Mathis Cabiallavetta, vice Chairman of the Board of Directors is a former member of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank.[6]


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  1. Global Reinsurance, "Swiss Re board member resigns," 04 March 2009, accessed 06 February 2011.
  2. Swiss Re, Board of Directors > Rajna Gibson Brandon, Web Archive 28 May 2008, accessed 06 February 2011.
  3. Hang Seng Bank, Board of Directors > Dr Raymond CH’IEN Kuo Fung GBS, CBE, JP, accessed 06 February 2011.
  4. Swiss Re, Our leadership, accessed 06 February 2011.
  5. Swiss Re, Our leadership, accessed 06 February 2011.
  6. Swiss Re, Our leadership, accessed 06 February 2011.