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 7,900 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, 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.
As announced on 5 December 2018, Karin Keller-Sutter will be stepping down from the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding Ltd with effect from 31 December 2018 because she has been elected to the Federal Council. Baloise is sorry to be losing such a capable, level-headed and prudent member of the Board of Directors, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. Georges-Antoine de Boccard will also not be standing for re-election at the Annual General Meeting in 2019. De Boccard (67) joined the Baloise Board of Directors in 2011 and is currently a member of its Remuneration Committee and Investment Committee. “Over the past eight years, Georges-Antoine de Boccard has given invaluable service to the Board of Directors, lending his expertise and experience as a self-employed doctor as well as his investment know-how, and was a greatly respected member of our team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his dedication and, on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish him the best very for the future,” says Andreas Burckhardt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding Ltd.
The Board of Directors will propose Christoph Mäder and Markus Neuhaus for election at the Annual General Meeting on 26 April 2019.
Christoph Mäder (born 1959, Swiss national) sits on the Board of Directors of Lonza Group AG and EMS Chemie Holding AG and is a member of the Executive Committee of Economiesuisse. He is a qualified lawyer, and from 2000 to July 2018 was a member of the Executive Board of Syngenta International AG with responsibility for legal and tax. Until June 2018, Mäder was a member of the Management Board of the Basel Chamber of Commerce. From 2006 to May 2018, he was a member of the Management Board of scienceindustries, and between 2008 and 2014 he also served as its president.
Markus Neuhaus (born 1958, Swiss national) has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PricewaterhouseCoopers AG since July 2012 and served as its CEO for a period of nine years prior to that. His term on the Board of Directors of PwC will end in June 2019. Neuhaus, who has law degree and is a qualified tax expert, is also Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse, a member of Economiesuisse’s Management Board and Finance and Taxation Commission, Vice-President of the Management Board of Zurich’s Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Committee of Expertsuisse (formerly Treuhandkammer).
Andreas Burckhardt is delighted about their nominations: “In Christoph Mäder and Markus Neuhaus, we are proposing for election to the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding Ltd two high-calibre representatives of the Swiss business community whose breadth of expertise in industry and services and extensive track records in executive roles at companies in various sectors will contribute to Baloise’s long-term success.”