Swiss Re strengthens focus on profitable growth - Structures and responsibilities adapted to fit strategic objectives

02 June 2005, Zurich

"Swiss Re aims to bring its organisation closer to our customers, deepen our focus on product skills and further enhance financial returns, including the acceleration of risk securitisation. The new organisation better positions Swiss Re in pursuit of these objectives," says John Coomber, Swiss Re's Chief Executive Officer.
The Client Markets function, headed by Jacques Aigrain, consists of four divisions: Americas, Europe, Asia and Globals, Large Risks. These divisions will drive Swiss Re's growth across all lines of business, focusing on client needs, market trends and promoting product solutions across distribution channels at the point-of-sale.
The Products function, headed by Stefan Lippe, will consist of the following units: Property, Specialty, Casualty and Life, Health. These units will steer the profitability of each line of business through disciplined underwriting and consistent pricing. The Products function will also identify, evaluate and pursue innovation opportunities and ensure consistent claims management across markets and lines of business.
The Financial Services function, headed by John Fitzpatrick, will retain the existing units of Credit Solutions, Capital Management and Advisory (CMA) and Asset Management, focusing on the performance of Swiss Re's asset portfolio and its financial market activities. These three units are complemented by a dedicated Insurance Risk Transformation unit, instrumental to transforming Swiss Re's business model from buying and holding reinsurance risks to buying, transforming and selling these risks through securitisations to the capital markets.
Each of the new business functions is headed by a member of the Executive Board Committee of Swiss Re. In addition, the Executive Board Committee under the leadership of John Coomber consists of the existing position holders Ann Godbehere as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Christian Mumenthaler as Chief Risk Officer (CRO).

Notes to editors

Swiss Re is one of the world's leading reinsurers and the world's largest life and health reinsurer. The company operates through more than 70 offices in over 30 countries. Swiss Re has been in the reinsurance business since its foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863. Swiss Re offers a wide variety of products to manage capital and risk. Traditional reinsurance products, including a broad range of property and casualty as well as life and health covers and related services, 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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