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Helvetia Group strengthens its management bodies

Helvetia Group is to welcome important new additions in 2017: Adrian Kollegger and Achim Baumstark will join the newly established Executive Management as Head of Non-Life Switzerland and Chief Technology Officer, respectively. Ivo Furrer will also stand for election to the Board of Directors at the Shareholders' Meeting of 28 April 2017.
As previously communicated, Helvetia will establish a new, integrated corporate structure from 1 January 2017 with the objective of ensuring the efficient implementation of the helvetia 20.20 strategy. In the course of these developments, vacancies have emerged in the newly created Non-Life Switzerland and IT Executive Management areas. These positions will now be filled:
Adrian Kollegger will join Helvetia on 1 April 2017 and will head up the Non-Life Switzerland area as a member of Executive Management. Since starting his professional career in 2001, the 42-year-old had been employed at Zurich Insurance Group. From 2010 to 2017, he was a member of the Zurich Switzerland Executive Board, initially assuming responsibility for the Commercial Business & Brokers area before heading up the Agents & Personal Lines Distribution area and finally the Corporate Customers business. He also held other international positions, taking on roles in the core business and as strategic assistant to the CEO Continental Europe. Adrian Kollegger graduated from the University of St.Gallen with a licentiate in business administration, specialising in the fields of risk management and insurance.
Achim Baumstark will become a member of Executive Management in the second quarter of 2017 and in his role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will take on responsibility for the IT Group division, which will take account of the increasing significance of digitisation. The 52-year-old will join Helvetia Group from Helsana Group, where he has worked since 2013 as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a member of the Executive Board. He can look back on an international career in the field of information management spanning many years. During this time, he held various CIO functions and other IT management positions at Zurich Insurance Group and the Daimler Chrysler Group. He started his professional career as a consultant at Andersen Consulting in 1992 before working as a program manager at debis Systemhaus in Stuttgart for several years. Achim Baumstark holds a degree in IT from the University of Karlsruhe.
Ivo Furrer as a new member of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Helvetia Holding AG will propose to the Shareholders' Meeting of 28 April 2017 that Ivo Furrer be elected as a new member of the Board of Directors. Ivo Furrer is a Doctor of Jurisprudence and as an accomplished management figure possesses profound expertise in the Swiss and international insurance business. The 59-year-old has spent the past eight years successfully working as CEO Switzerland and as a member of the Corporate Executive Board of Swiss Life.
For the successful and efficient implementation of helvetia 20.20
Philipp Gmür, Group CEO of Helvetia, is delighted about the new additions: "With the appointment of the new Non-Life Switzerland and IT Executive Management areas further important personnel-related prerequisites have now been met for the efficient and successful implementation of the helvetia 20.20 strategy. In the form of Adrian Kollegger and Achim Baumstark, two dynamic management figures will join Helvetia and help us to make the company more agile, customer-focussed, digital and innovative."
Pierin Vincenz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Helvetia Holding AG, added: "Ivo Furrer can look back on a successful career in the insurance industry. His appointment allows Helvetia to strengthen its Board of Directors once more. I look forward to working together with him, our Board of Directors and our refreshed Executive Management in order to create value for our customers, employees and shareholders as per the objectives of helvetia 20.20."

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Helvetia Group
Susanne Tengler
Head of Investor Relations
Dufourstrasse 40
CH-9001 St.Gallen
Phone: +41 58 280 57 79
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89
Helvetia Group
Christina Wahlstrand-Hartmann
Head of Media Relations
Dufourstrasse 40
CH-9001 St.Gallen
Phone: +41 58 280 50 33
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89