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.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the Baloise Group is a European provider of insurance and pension solutions and has positioned itself as a market player that offers an intelligent 'Safety World' prevention strategy. In Switzerland the Company operates as a focused financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. It also has a market presence in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. Its distribution network includes its own sales organisation as well as brokers and other partners. The Company uses its competence centre in Luxembourg to run its business in innovative pension products for private customers throughout Europe. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange. The Baloise Group employs some 7,400 people.