Basler Germany: Change to management team

Basel, Jürg Schiltknecht, the acting Deputy CEO and CFO of Basler Versicherungen in Germany, will become CEO of Basler Versicherungen in Germany as of 1 May 2015. He will succeed Jan De Meulder, who is set to retire on 30 April 2015.

Jürg Schiltknecht

Martin Strobel, Group CEO, commented: “Jan De Meulder deserves a big thank you! Thanks to his commitment and broad expertise he has managed to implement a fundamental realignment of our German business within a short space of time and position it on course for success. In Jürg Schiltknecht we have a proven leader who is very familiar with our German unit and who will take over the helm and guide the business further down this promising route. In Kay Bölke we have a further experienced and proven manager moving up internally to the German Executive Committee. I am very pleased that in taking these steps we have ensured a seamless transition within the management team in Germany. It is a testament to our effective talent management.”

Jan De Meulder (1955, Belgium) joined the Baloise Group in 2004 as CEO of the Belgian subsidiary Mercator Verzekeringen in Antwerp, where he successfully implemented strategic changes. He has been a member of the Corporate Executive Committee since 1 January 2009 and led the Corporate Division International from 2009 until the end of 2012. He has been CEO of Basler Versicherungen in Germany since 1 January 2013 and is successfully implementing the reorientation of the business. He will be retiring on 30 April 2015.

Jürg Schiltknecht (1971, Switzerland), acting Deputy CEO and CFO of Basler Versicherungen in Germany, joined the Baloise Group in 2009 as Deputy Head of Corporate Development before taking over regional management for Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe in April 2012. The focus of his work was in the area of corporate acquisitions and restructuring. Jürg Schiltknecht has headed Finance and Investments as a member of the Executive Committee since 1 January 2013. He has also been the acting Deputy CEO since 1 September 2014.

Kay Bölke (1957, Germany) is currently Head of Legal, Tax and Compliance and supports Jürg Schiltknecht in the latter’s role as CFO. He will be appointed to the Executive Committee from 1 May 2015, with responsibility for Finance and Investments.

Christoph Wetzel, member of the Executive Committee of Basler Versicherungen and Head of Operations & HR, is leaving Basler Versicherungen at his own request in order to take on new challenges as a member of the Board of Management of Talanx Deutschland AG by the end of April 2015 at the latest. An announcement regarding his successor will be made in due course.

A transitional period planned with a view to the long term will ensure a high degree of continuity with regard to the further implementation of Basler Germany’s strategy of focusing and optimising the business.

The appointments were made by the Supervisory Board of Basler Germany and the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding Ltd. They are yet to be approved by the German supervisory authority.

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 7,400 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. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.