The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,300 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel 'simply safe'.
Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, with Baloise Bank SoBa, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. In recent years, Baloise has also welcomed a number of start-ups to the Baloise family, including MOBLY in Belgium, FRIDAY in Germany and MOVU in Switzerland.
Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.
In its domestic market of Switzerland the Baloise Group operates under its “Basler Insurance” and “Baloise Bank SoBa” brand names. Basler Switzerland is the largest business unit in the Baloise Group. As an insurer and focused financial services provider it specialises in delivering comprehensive insurance and pension solutions. Its customers are individuals, small and medium-sized firms and selected industrial enterprises. Its insurance sales force is at the heart of its marketing strategy. This is supplemented by a network of distribution partners for certain product-related and customer segments and by brokers and online at baloise.ch. Baloise Bank SoBa strengthens the range of pension solutions available by offering bank products that are offered through the customer advisors of the insurance company and the bank. It has positioned itself as a universal bank in northwestern Switzerland.
|Business volume (CHF million)||4,789.5||4,920.5|
|Net combined ratio (per cent)||84.5||84.5|
In Germany the Baloise Group operates under the “Basler Versicherungen” brand name. Its portfolio comprises insurance and pension solutions in the areas of indemnity, accident and life insurance for individuals, small and medium-sized firms and selected industrial companies. Basler's marketing activities are focused on its insurance sales force, on brokers and on its distribution partners maklermanagement.ag, OVB and ZEUS.
|Business volume (CHF million)||1,415.9||1,363.5|
|Net combined ratio (per cent)||95.8||90.9|
FRIDAY is the German branch of the FRIDAY Insurance S.A. and is based in Berlin Mitte. Founded in 2017, FRIDAY provides all its car insurance services fully digitally integrated and mobile. This modern direct insurer is aimed at private customers of motor vehicles and operates entirely paperless on pay-by-month basis.
In the Belgian market the Baloise Group has been operating under the “Baloise Insurance” brand name since 2013. Baloise Insurance is one of the leading insurers in Belgium and sees itself as a partner to professional brokers. It offers a full range of property and personal insurance for individuals and for small and medium-sized firms. It is also the leading provider of marine insurance in the Belgian market.
|Business volume (CHF million)||1,722.3||1,936.9|
|Net combined ratio (per cent)||92.3||94.5|
Bâloise Assurances provides a wide range of insurance, pension and wealth-building products to private and business customers in the Grand Duchy. Bâloise Luxembourg also works closely with highly successful banking partners and selected distribution partners outside its domestic market to sell wealthbuilding and pension solutions in a number of European Union countries. The Baloise Life unit in Liechtenstein has been managed by Bâloise Luxembourg since 2013.
|Business volume (CHF million)||1,331.0||1,267.8|
|Net combined ratio (per cent)||89.9||97.9|
Since the founding of the corporate division Asset Management (CD AM) in 2001, Baloise Asset Management AG and Baloise Asset Management International AG have been providing investment advisory and asset management services.
Baloise Asset Management (BAM) accommodates the growing demand of the Group and of third-party customers for high-quality financial products and qualified portfolio management, while strengthening the positioning of Baloise as a leading financial services provider in Switzerland.
- Professional portfolio management for the Group's own assets as well as for third-party customers
- Investment advisory services for capital investments
- Development of strategic and tactical asset allocations
- Performance measurements
- Risk analyses and reporting
Baloise Asset Management (BAM) offers its clients professional portfolio management with investment options in a wide variety of different markets and investment categories. Besides traditional securities investments, hedging strategies are also available to our clients corresponding to their risk propensity and exposure capacity. A large portion of the Group-wide investments are centrally managed by BAM.
In addition to asset management, BAM also performs the task of investment advising for capital investments. We aim to provide our clients first-class services with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term value enhancement for their investments. On request, we develop the optimum strategic and tactical asset allocation in qualified, experienced teams. Our portfolio managers, who have a successful track record, then take over the subsequent implementation and security selection.
Our investment policy, which is geared towards client demands and long-term value creation, is modelled on benchmarks, all of which were selected and defined according to income and risk considerations. In order to inform clients on a continuous basis about the development and constellation of their investments, we offer performance measurements, sound risk analyses and regular written reports.
Baloise Bank SoBA
|Pension solutions & universal banking||
|Selected industrial customers||
|Private individuals & SMBS||
Caption: Simplified presentation of the group structure of Bâloise Holding AG.
Caption: Organisation chart of Baloise Group.
Spokersperson Baloise Group
Phone +41 58 285 82 14
Head of Investor Relations
Phone +41 58 285 82 85
Phone +41 58 285 85 85
Fax +41 58 285 70 70
Basler Versicherungen in Deutschland
Phone +49 61 72 13 4364
FRI:DAY - Deutsche Niederlassung der FRIDAY Insurance S.A.
Phone +49 176 32635299
Phone +352 290 190 2633
General contact Liechtenstein
Baloise Asset Management
Phone +41 58 285 85 85
Corporate Executive Committee
President of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Baloise Group (Group CEO)
Gert De Winter (1966, Belgium, MSc) studied applied economics at the University of Antwerp. From 1988 to 2004, he performed various roles at Accenture in Brussels for issues relating to IT and business transformation management in the financial sector. He was made a partner at the firm in the year 2000. In 2005, he joined the Baloise Group as Chief Information Officer and Head of HR of the Mercator insurance company in Belgium. From 2009 to 2015, Gert De Winter was Chief Executive Officer of Baloise Insurance, which was formed in 2011 from the merger of the three insurance companies Mercator, Nateus and Avéro. Gert De Winter has been Group CEO since January 2016. He is a member of the Management Board of the Basel Chamber of Commerce.
Chief IT Officer (CTO)
Alexander Bockelmann (1974, Germany, Dr rer. nat.) has been Head of the newly created Corporate Division IT since February 2019. He studied in Germany and the UK, before completing his doctorate at the University of Tübingen’s faculty of geosciences. Dr Alexander Bockelmann is a proven expert in digitalisation and transformation, and has many years of experience in the industry. He previously worked as an IT strategy and transformation consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and in various senior roles at Allianz SE in Germany and the USA. At the end of 2013, he moved to UNIQA Insurance Group AG in Austria in the role of Group CIO and ultimately became Chief Digital Officer on the Management Board.
Head of Corporate Division Asset Management
Matthias Henny (1971, Switzerland, Dr phil.) completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in physics at the University of Basel. From 1998 to 2003, he was employed at McKinsey & Co., before switching to what was then the Winterthur Group, where he was Head of Financial Engineering in Asset Management until 2007. Subsequently, he was a member of the management team at AXA Winterthur, as Head of Asset Management (until 2010) and as CFO. In 2012, Dr Matthias Henny joined the Baloise Group. As CEO of Baloise Asset Management AG he was responsible for the administration of approximately CHF 50 billion in assets. Dr Matthias Henny became a member of the Corporate Executive Committee in May 2017. He manages the Corporate Division Asset Management with its units Investment Strategy and Investment Controlling, Sales and Marketing, Portfolio Management, Operations, Real Estate, Corporate Development and Compliance.
CEO Basler Switzerland
Michael Müller (1971, Switzerland, lic. oec. publ.)
graduated in economics from the University of Zurich, specialising in insurance and accounting/finance. He began his career with Basler Versicherungen in 1997, starting as a management trainee, then working in Group Finance and eventually becoming Deputy Head and, in 2004, Head of Financial Accounting for the Baloise Group. In 2009, as Head of Finance and Risk, he became a member of the senior management team in Corporate Division Switzerland. He has been a member of the Corporate Executive Committee and CEO of Corporate Division Switzerland since March 2011, and as such has headed up the insurance and banking business in Switzerland. Michael Müller is Vice President of the Swiss Insurance Association (SVV) and a member of the Board of Foundation of Stiftung Finanzplatz Basel and the Executive Board of the Association of Basel Insurance Companies. He also sits on the board of the Promotion Society of the Institute of Insurance Economics at the University of St. Gallen.
Head of Finance (CFO)
Carsten Stolz (1968, Germany / Switzerland, Dr rer. pol.) studied business economics at Fribourg University and gained a doctorate specialising in financial management. He holds an Executive Master in Change from INSEAD. He joined the Baloise Group in 2002 as Head of Financial Relations. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Baloise Group’s Head of Financial Accounting & Corporate Finance. Between 2011 and 2017, he was Head of Finance and Risk, and thus a member of the Executive Committee, at Basler Versicherungen Switzerland. Dr Carsten Stolz became a member of the Corporate Executive Committee in May 2017. He manages the Corporate Division Finance with its departments Group Accounting & Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Group Risk Management and Corporate Communications & Investor Relations as well as the appointed actuary for Swiss business at Baloise and the Head of Regulatory Affairs. Dr Carsten Stolz is a member of the Finance and Regulation Committee of the Swiss Insurance Association (SVV).
Board of Directors
Andreas Burckhardt (1951, Switzerland, Dr iur., lawyer) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999 and its Chairman since 29 April 2011. He studied jurisprudence at the universities of Basel and Geneva. He worked in the legal department of Fides Treuhandgesellschaft from 1982 to 1987 and served as Secretary General of the Baloise Group from 1988 to 1994. He was director and head of the Basel Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to April 2011. In this role he sat on various governing bodies of national and regional business organisations. From 1981 to 2011 he performed various political functions in the Basel civic municipality and in the canton of Basel-Stadt, and from 1997 to 2011 he served on the Great Council of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (as Chairman in 2006 and 2007). Dr Andreas Burckhardt is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel. He is also a member of the Execu- tive Committee of economiesuisse and sits on the Executive Board of the Employers’ Federation for Basel. Dr Andreas Burckhardt performs a non-executive function as Chairman of Baloise’s Board of Directors.
Andreas Beerli (1951, Switzerland, Dr iur.) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. He studied law at the University of Basel. In 1979, he started working as an underwriter for the German market at Swiss Re. From 1985 to 1993, he performed various managerial roles at Baloise, with the main focus on supervising and supporting several foreign units. He then returned to Swiss Re, where he became a member of the Group Executive Committee in 2000, first in the United States as Head of Swiss Re Americas and, most recently, in Zurich as Chief Operating Officer for the entire Swiss Re Group. He acts as an independent adviser on the boards of directors and advisory boards of companies and professional associations. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Accenture Switzerland and, until the end of 2019, was a member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Insurance DAC, Dublin (formerly Ironshore Europe Inc., Dublin). Dr Andreas Beerli is an independent non-executive director.
Christoph B. Gloor (1966, Switzerland, degree in business economics HWV) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. Since November 2019, he has been a director and limited partner in Basel-based private bank E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers. He had previously been Chief Executive Officer of private bank La Roche & Co AG before going on to become a member of the Executive Committee and CEO of Notenstein La Roche Privatbank AG and Deputy Head of Wealth Management at Bank Vontobel AG. Prior to joining La Roche & Co AG in 1998, he worked for Swiss Bank Corpora- tion (SBC) before moving to Vitra (International). Christoph B. Gloor served as president of the Association of Swiss Private Banks from November 2013 to February 2015 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Bankers Association from September 2013 to February 2015. He was a member of the Board of Managing Directors of the Basel Banking Association until early April 2019. Christoph B. Gloor is an independent non- executive director.
Hugo Lasat (1964, Belgium, Master in Economic Sciences, Master in Finance) has sat on the Board of Directors since 2016. He is the CEO of Brussels-based Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM), a member of the Board of Directors of Banque Degroof Petercam France, President of DPAM France and a member of the Supervisory Board of Degroof Petercam Asset Services, Luxembourg. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Arvestar Asset Management, Brussels. His managerial roles prior to that include CEO of Amonis Pension Fund and CEO of Candriam Investors Group. He is a guest professor at KU Leuven (Brussels Campus) and a member of the Financial Commission of the Belgian Red Cross. Hugo Lasat is an independent non-executive director.
Christoph Mäder (1959, Switzerland, lawyer) has sat on the Board of Directors since 2019. From 2000 to July 2018, he was a member of the Syngenta International AG executive team with responsibility for legal and tax. Until June 2018, he was a member of the Management Board of the Basel Chamber of Commerce. From 2006 to May 2018, Christoph Mäder was a member of the Management Board of scienceindustries, and between 2008 and 2014 he also served as its president. He was a member of the Executive Committee of economiesuisse until August 2019. He is a mem- ber of the Board of Directors of Lonza Group AG, EMS Chemie Holding AG and, since June 2019, Assivalor AG. Christoph Mäder is an independent non-executive director.
Markus R. Neuhaus ( 1958, Switzerland, Dr iur., qualified tax expert) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2019. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (PwC) from July 2012 to June 2019 and served as its CEO for a period of nine years prior to that. He did not hold any operational role at PwC from July 2012 and was not personally involved in the Company’s audit engage- ment for Baloise (until 2015). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Barry Callebaut AG, Orior AG, Galencia AG and Jacobs Holding AG. He is a member of the Tax Law Advisory Board of LGT Vaduz. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zürcher Volkswirtschaft- liche Gesellschaft, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse, Vice Chairman of the Foundation Board of stars – the leaders for the next generation, Vice-Chair of the Management Board of Zurich’s Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of economiesuisse’s Finance and Taxation Commission and a member of the Board of Trustees of the ETH Foundation. Dr Markus R. Neuhaus is an independent non-executive director.
Thomas von Planta (1961, Switzerland, Dr iur., lawyer) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017. He is the founder and managing director of CorFinAd AG, a company specialising in consultancy for M&A transactions and capital market finance. He has sat on the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG since March 2019 and on the Advisory Board of Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen since September 2019. Until March 2019, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bellevue Group AG, Bank am Bellevue AG and Bellevue Asset Management AG. Previously, he had worked for Goldman Sachs in Zurich, Frankfurt and London for around ten years and had been the interim Head of Investment Banking and Head of Corporate Finance for the Vontobel Group in Zurich between 2002 and 2006. Thomas von Planta is an independent non-executive director.
Thomas Pleines (1955, Germany, lawyer) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. From 2003 to 2005, he was CEO and delegate of the Board of Directors at Allianz Suisse, Zurich, and from 2006 to 2010 he was CEO of Allianz Versicherungs-AG, Munich, and an executive director at Allianz Deutschland AG, Munich. He chairs the presidential boards of DEKRA e. V., Stuttgart, and DEKRA e. V. Dresden, as well as the supervisory boards of DEKRA SE, Stuttgart, and SÜDVERS Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Au near Freiburg. Thomas Pleines is an independent non-executive director.
Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz (1959, Germany, Prof. Dr rer. pol.) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2018. He is a professor of economics at Saarland University and the University of Hamburg and Founding President of the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. From 1996 to 2017, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and from 2000 to 2018 Chairman of the European Chief Executive Officers working group. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz is Committee Chair of the General Council and Executive Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce’s World Chambers Federation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hamburger Sparkasse and the Hamburg Academic Foundation, sits on the advisory boards of HIP Hamburg Innovation Port and HanseMerkur (until the end of 2019) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tafel foundation of Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein (since 2019). Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz is an independent non-executive director.
Marie-Noëlle Venturi - Zen-Ruffinen (1975, Switzerland, Prof. Dr iur., lawyer) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. She holds a PhD and master’s degree in law and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Fribourg. She is a lawyer and honorary professor at the School of Economics and Management at the Uni- versity of Geneva, where she mainly lectures on corporate law. Professor Marie-Noëlle Venturi - Zen-Ruffinen was a partner in the Geneva law firm Tavernier Tschanz until 2012, and since that time has been of counsel for the firm. She is president of the Swiss Board Institute foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander InternationalSA and a member on the Board of Management of the Swiss Institute of Directors. Professor Marie-Noëlle Venturi - Zen-Ruffinen is an independent non-executive director.
The Board of Directors has four committees, which support it in its activities. These committees report to the Board of Directors and submit the necessary proposals for their particular areas of responsibility. The Investment Committee and the Remuneration Committee have their own decision-making powers.
The committees appointed by the Board of Directors generally consist of four members, who are newly elected every year by the Board of Directors. In accordance with section 7 VegüV, the members of the Remuneration Committee are to be elected by the Annual General Meeting from 2014. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors are ex officio members of the Chairman’s Committee. The Chairman of the Board of Directors is not allowed to sit on the Audit and Risk Committee. The committees’ basic functions and responsibilities are specified in the Organisational Regulations and in the written regulations applicable to individual committees, which also govern administrative aspects.
The Chairman’s Committee provides advice on key transactions, especially those involving important strategic or personnelrelated decisions. Consequently, it also does the necessary preparatory work on HR issues.
Structure of the committee
Dr Andreas Burckhardt, Chairman
Dr Andreas Beerli, Vice-Chairman
Thomas Pleines, Member
Dr Thomas von Planta, Member
The Investment Committee’s main responsibilities are to oversee the Baloise Group’s investment activities, define the basic principles of its investment policy, specify the asset allocation strategy for all strategic business units and devise the relevant investment plan.
Structure of the committee
Dr Andreas Burckhardt, Chair
Christoph Gloor, Deputy Chair
Hugo Lasat, Member
Thomas von Planta, Member
Until now the Remuneration Committee has specified the structure and amount of remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors and of the salaries paid to the members of the Corporate Executive Committee. Under the VegüV, the remuneration of the Board of Directors and Corporate Executive Committee has to be approved by the Annual General Meeting from 2014. The Remuneration Committee will therefore submit the necessary proposals to the Board of Directors for presentation to the Annual General Meeting. The Remuneration Committee approves the target agreements and performance assessments that are applied to the Corporate Executive Committee members in order to determine their variable remuneration. It also sanctions the remuneration policies applicable to the Corporate Executive Committee members and ensures that they are being correctly implemented. It approves the variable remuneration granted to individual members of the Corporate Executive Committee; from 2014 this remuneration has to be within the maximum amount approved by the Annual General Meeting. Furthermore, it specifies the total amount available in the performance pool.
Structure of the committee
Thomas Pleines, Chair
Prof. Dr Marie-Noëlle Venturi - Zen-Ruffinen, Deputy Chair
Christoph Mäder, Member
Prof. Dr Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, Member
The Audit and Risk Committee supports the Board of Directors in its non-delegable overarching supervisory and financial oversight functions (section 716a OR) by ascertaining whether the internal and external control systems, including risk management, are well organised and function properly, by assessing the situation with respect to compliance in the Company and by forming its own view of the Company’s separate and consolidated annual financial statements. It receives regular reports on the work and findings of Group Internal Audit and on cooperation with the external auditors.
Structure of the committee
Dr Andreas Beerli, Chair
Christoph B. Gloor, Deputy Chair
Markus R. Neuhaus, Member
Prof. Dr Marie-Noëlle Venturi - Zen-Ruffinen, Member