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Media release
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New head for the Reinsurance division

As of 1 March 2013, Gérald Kanis will take over the management of the Reinsurance division at Helvetia Insurance. He will replace Rolf Affolter who will be assuming a new challenge within the division.
As Head of Reinsurance Gérald Kanis will be responsible for both the active reinsurance business as well as for the Group’s internal reinsurance. The 53-year-old Swiss citizen has nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance sector. He began his career at Winterthur International, which he left as Senior Property Underwriter. He then spent ten years at XL Insurance, most recently as Chief Underwriting Officer Property.

Paul Norton, CFO of Helvetia Group, is looking forward to working with Gérald Kanis: “Gérald Kanis is a top-class manager with extensive industry experience who will continue to develop Helvetia’s Reinsurance division and lead it to a successful future.”

Gérald Kanis is succeeding Rolf Affolter, who after many years has decided to step back from his role as Head of Reinsurance. With responsibilities for special tasks / Project Manager Reinsurance, Rolf Affolter will continue to make his knowledge and experience available to Helvetia.

The reinsurance business at Helvetia offers a broad range of reinsurance for insurers, with an annual premium volume of around CHF 200 million worldwide. It benefits from the Group’s “A” rating through Standard & Poor’s. The internal Reinsurance division advises the Group’s own insurance companies on the subject of reinsurance protection. It bundles risks centrally and buys Group reinsurance centrally.

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Nicola Maria Breitschopf
Investor Relations
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CH-9001 St.Gallen, Switzerland

Telephone: +41 58 280 56 04
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89
Helvetia Group
Martin Nellen
Corporate Communications
and Brand Management
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CH-9001 St.Gallen, Switzerland

Telephone: +41 58 280 56 88
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