Swiss Re's Board of Directors appoints Raj Singh as new Chief Risk Officer - Christian Mumenthaler takes over Life & Health Products

26 October 2007, Zurich

Swiss Re has appointed Raj Singh as the new Chief Risk Officer. He will succeed Christian Mumenthaler who is taking over operational leadership of the global Life & Health Products Division. Raj Singh, who joins Swiss Re from Allianz SE, where he served as Chief Risk Officer for the Group, has been elected by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of Jacques Aigrain, Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re. He will join Swiss Re on 1 January 2008 latest.

"With Raj Singh we have brought one of the global leaders in risk management as a successor of Christian Mumenthaler to Swiss Re, who became Chief Risk Officer in 2005. Raj Singh can build on the excellent work of his predecessor. With his broad international experience in the insurance and banking sector, Raj Singh will contribute to the continued development of our position as the leading risk transformer," said Swiss Re's Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Aigrain.

Raj Singh, who will also succeed Christian Mumenthaler as Member of the Executive Committee in his role as Chief Risk Officer, has been in charge of Risk Management at the Allianz Group since 2002. He was responsible for the definition of risk policies, frameworks and processes across the Allianz Group, as well as for the development of the overall risk architecture. Raj Singh was the founding chairman of the Chief Risk Officer Forum for global insurance companies and is chairman and executive board member of the International Finance Risk Institute in Geneva, which brings together the Chief Risk Officers of the leading 30 global financial services companies.

"We are very pleased that Christian Mumenthaler takes over operational responsibility for Life, Health Products. Life, Health is the second largest business segment of Swiss Re. In recent years Life, Health has contributed largely to the diversification of our risk portfolio and therefore also to the reduction of our earnings volatility," said Swiss Re's CEO, Jacques Aigrain. The Board of Directors appointed Christian Mumenthaler upon recommendation of Jacques Aigrain as Head of Life, Health Products in September.

With a premium volume of CHF 10.9 billion (2006), Swiss Re is the world's leading reinsurer of life and health risks. In recent years, this market segment has continually grown, largely due to acquisitions, including the expansion of its Admin Re® business in the US and the UK. More recently, new products, such as variable annuity solutions, have led to success in Asia and the US. Furthermore, Swiss Re has established itself successfully in the UK longevity market. Ultimately, Swiss Re expects a trend towards an increasing securitisation of life and health risks. Swiss Re is already the world leader in risk securitisation. In his new role, Christian Mumenthaler will be a member of Swiss Re's Executive Board.

Christian Mumenthaler will continue to head both the Risk Management and Life, Health divisions until Raj Singh joins the company on 1 January 2008 latest.

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