Management Profiles

Juan Beer, Chief Executive Officer Zurich Switzerland

Juan Beer has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Zurich Switzerland since Februar 2018. He first joined Zurich Insurance Group in 1987 as an apprentice and since then has held various positions in Underwriting, Sales and Relationship Management as well as in Market Segment and Country Management. This includes a series of senior leadership and management positions as Chief Executive Officer of Zurich's Global Corporate business in Switzerland, Head of International Program Business for Zurich's Commercial Insurance business in Spain, Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich's Global Corporate business, Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich’s Property, Engineering Lines and Marine portfolio and Global Head of the P&C Technical Center. In his most recent role as Zurich's Global Head of Group Reinsurance, he successfully redirected and executed the Group's reinsurance strategies enabling protection of Zurich's strong capital base and earnings.

Juan Beer holds a Commercial and Insurance Diploma from Zurich Business School and completed an Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School in 2013.

Jörg Bertogg, Head of Commercial Insurance

Jörg Bertogg  has been Head of Commercial Insurance since September 2016. He joined Zurich in 2003 after working for Andersen Business Consulting. He led business development for Global Corporate in Europe until 2007 and built the European Head Office in Dublin while serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In November 2009, Jörg Bertogg was appointed COO and member of the management team at Zurich Switzerland. He then became COO for Global Corporate, Zurich’s global corporate insurance business, in 2013. Jörg Bertogg earned a master degree in business administration and economics from the University of Berne, Switzerland.

René Harlacher, Chief Underwriting Officer

René Harlacher has been Chief Underwriting Officer since August 2016. Prior to joining Zurich Switzerland, he served in different leadership roles for Axa Winterthur, including Head of Underwriting, Head of Business Development Property & Casualty and, most recently, Head of Commercial Customers. In addition, René Harlacher previously worked as a consultant in the insurance and IT industries. He has a Master of Science in Business Informatics from Zurich University.

Michael Christen, Chief Investment Officer

Michael Christen has been Chief Investment Officer of Zurich Switzerland since December 2016. He joined Zurich in 2005 as Senior Investment Analyst for Group Investment Management and then served as Regional Investment Manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. Since November 2008, Michael Christen was responsible for developing the investment strategy for the Zurich Group as well as quantifying and analyzing the market risk. Prior to joining Zurich, he was working in asset management for Winterthur Versicherungen. Michael Christen studied economics and business administration at the University of Basel, Switzerland, is a CFA charterholder and certified financial risk manager.

Robert Gremli, Head of Brokers & Partnerships

In March 2018 Robert Gremli took on the leadership of the Brokers & Partnerships division of Zurich Switzerland. He joined Zurich in 1988 as a trainee and undertook various positions of responsibility within the Zurich Group. During this time he gathered diverse expertise in international and local business with major clients. For the last eight years, Gremli has acted as Group Chief Risk Engineering Officer . Robert Gremli studied Business Administration in Zurich and gained an MBA in Financial Services and Insurance in St. Gallen.

Matthias Rüegg, Head of Retail Transformation & Innovation

Matthias Rüegg has been leading Retail Transformation & Innovation at Zurich Switzerland since June 2018. He joined Zurich in 2017 as Head of Customer Management. Previously, Matthias Rüegg served in various leadership positions at AXA Winterthur including Head of Indemnity Insurance - Private Customers, Head of Direct Sales, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) & Cooperations as well as Senior Project Manager. Prior to that, he spent time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mobiliar. Matthias Rüegg studied business and has an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gall.

Sandro Meyer, Head of Corporate Life & Pensions & Life Technical Function

Sandro Meyer joined Zurich in 1994 and launched his career in what was formerly SBU Life International. Between 2001 and 2006, he built up the Zurich Employee Benefit Network (ZEBN) within Global Corporate, International Program Business. In 2006, he relocated to Chicago for Global Corporate, where he served as Senior Vice President, Customer Relationship Management. In August 2010, Sandro Meyer assumed the role of Head of Corporate Life & Pensions (CLP), before being appointed Head of CLP & Life Technical Function in November 2016.He has a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Ralph Echensperger, Chief Claims Officer

Ralph Echensperger has been Chief Claims Officer for Zurich Switzerland since October 2016. Prior to this role, he was responsible for leading Claims Motor at Zurich. He started his career in 1992 as a commercial trainee and held various positions within Zurich Financial Services until 1999. He then started working as a consultant in London, before returning to Switzerland where he held leadership positions with two insurance companies.

Dr. Christoph Borgmann, Chief Operating Officer

Christoph Borgmann was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Zurich Switzerland in 2013. He joined Zurich in 2006 as Senior Strategist after leaving consulting firm McKinsey & Company. In 2007, Christoph Borgmann assumed the role of Group Operations Manager in Finance in Zurich Group and has served as Chief Financial Officer at Zurich Germany since 2010.
He studied economics at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and completed an advanced program in leadership development at the Harvard Business School in Boston, United States.

Bettina Bornmann, Chief Financial Officer

Bettina Bornmann joined Zurich Life Switzerland as Chief Financial Officer in spring 2015. She previously worked at Swiss Life Group and between 2009 and 2011 she had been Chief Financial Officer for Swiss Life Private Placement Life Insurance and between 2011 and 2015 she was Head of Group Controlling. Previously, she had gained valuable experience at UBS and thereafter at KPMG, where she worked from 1998 to 2008, most recently as Head of Corporate Finance Switzerland. Bettina Bornmann completed her studies of economics at the University of Zurich with a Master of Arts UZH.

Jolanda Grob, Chief Human Resources Officer

Jolanda Grob has been in charge of the Human Resources (HR) division at Zurich Switzerland since March 1, 2018. Her professional career started after she completed her Psychology studies with Deloitte, for whom she was responsible for Graduate Marketing & Recruitment in addition to acting as an HR Business Partner. Following roles as Head Learning & Development and Talent Management at Unilever and Coca-Cola, she was Head of the International Learning & Development, Talent Management, Culture and Engagement divisions at Amgen, the largest biotech company. In 2010 she came to Zurich, where she held various positions in the Talent Center of Expertise, as Group Head Employee Research & Engagement and most recently as Global HR Business Partner.
Jolanda Grob gained a Master's in Applied Psychology (lic. Phil I) at the University of Fribourg, acquired a Swiss Diploma in Career Counseling, furthered her knowledge of various HR topics and has a Master's in Systemic Solution-oriented Coaching.

Thomas Steiger, Head of Distribution

Thomas Steiger has been leading Distribution at Zurich Switzerland since February 2017. Before this appointment he led the newly created Chief of Staff department where he was responsible for the business unit’s strategy as well as Marketing, Corporate Responsibility and Communications. Prior to this role, he served as Head of Retail from November 2010 to March 2016. Thomas Steiger started his career in the insurance industry in 1992 where he served in various roles including Head of Insurance Solutions at COMIT AG. He also held different positions within Sales, Product Management, Marketing and Operations. He gained international experience working in Asia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United States. Thomas Steiger has a degree in insurance management from the University of St. Gallen. He has extensive experience in the fields of life and general insurance, assets, sales and IT/operations, and knows the Swiss banking market inside and out.

Patricio Verdieri, Chief Risk Officer

Patricio Verdieri has been Chief Risk Officer at Zurich Switzerland since April 2016. He has extensive risk management knowledge and wide experience within the finance industry. Patricio Verdieri has been CRO for Zurich Life Insurance Company (ZLIC) and Zurich Life Switzerland since July 2014, and CRO for Zurich Germany from 2013 until 2014. Before joining Zurich in June 2007 as Risk Officer, he held various risk management positions with UBS and Habib Bank in Switzerland, and was working as Strategy Consultant at McKinsey. Patricio Verdieri is holding a master’s degree in finance from the University of St. Gallen and is a Certified Financial Risk Manager.

Marc Monnier, General Counsel Switzerland

Marc Monnier has been leading the Legal & Compliance department as General Counsel Switzerland since June 2016. Since joining Zurich in 2002, he has taken on various roles in the legal departments of Zurich Switzerland and Zurich Insurance Group, Corporate Center. Most recently, Marc Monnier served as Senior Legal Counsel for Zurich Life Insurance Company Ltd. He received a Master of Laws (lic. iur.) degree from the University of Fribourg in 1998 and was admitted to the bar in Switzerland (Canton of Solothurn) in 2001. He also earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005.