Swiss Re appoints Roger Ferguson as Head of Financial Services and Member of the Executive Committee effective immediately

03 October 2006, Zurich

Swiss Re today announced the appointment of Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., as Head of Financial Services and Member of Swiss Re's Executive Committee.

Roger W. Ferguson will assume the leadership of Financial Services and become Member of the Executive Committee with immediate effect. He joined Swiss Re from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board as Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding in June 2006. He will continue in that role.

Swiss Re's CEO Jacques Aigrain says: "I am delighted that we were able to attract Roger Ferguson for this enhanced executive responsibility. Our Financial Services business will greatly benefit from his outstanding expertise in the financial markets. His vision, intellectual and managerial talent, and experience as a former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve are a welcome contribution to our Executive Committee."

As Head of Financial Services, Roger Ferguson will have overall responsibility for Swiss Re's proprietary Asset Management with CHF 160 billion assets under management. In addition, Capital Management and Advisory, serving as the company's capital market platform with a leading position in the growing insurance bonds and derivative activities, and Credit Solutions, Swiss Re's credit risk underwriting unit and global leader in trade credit and surety reinsurance, fall under his responsibility.
Roger Ferguson's executive team includes Benjamin Meuli, Chief Investment Officer, based in Zurich, Phil Lotz, CEO of Capital Management and Advisory, based in New York, and Peter Schmidt, Head of Credit Solutions, based in Zurich. Roger Ferguson will continue to be based in the U.S.

Factsheet Financial Services

Financial Services provides Swiss Re with greater flexibility in managing its balance sheet and reducing earnings volatility, while increasing the transparency and liquidity of insurance risks for both investors and clients.
Financial Services includes the units Capital Management and Advisory, headed by Phil Lotz, Credit Solutions, led by Peter Schmidt, and Swiss Re's proprietary Asset Management, headed by Benjamin Meuli.
In 2005, Financial Services had total revenues of CHF 1 694 millions and an operating income of CHF 366 millions.
Financial Services has about 800 employees. Its main locations are Zurich, New York and London.

Notes to editors

Swiss Re

Swiss Re is the world's leading and most diversified global reinsurer. The company operates through offices in over 30 countries. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re offers financial services products that enable risk-taking essential to enterprise and progress. The company's traditional reinsurance products and related services for property and casualty, as well as the life and health business are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services for comprehensive risk management. Swiss Re is rated "AA-" by Standard, Poor's, "Aa2" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.

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  • mortality and morbidity experience;
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  • changes in rating agency policies or practices;
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  • changes in levels of interest rates;
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