Thomas Buess

Portrait photo

Introduction

Thomas Buess is the Group CFO of Swiss Life Group and Member of the Corporate Executive Board. In previous roles, he was Head of Operational Transformation at Allianz as well as Group CFO and Member of the Group Management Board of Zurich Financial Services Group where he also headed the reorganization of the life insurance business before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer for Zurich Financial Services Global Life. Thomas Buess holds a Master in Business Administration and Economics from the University of St. Gallen.

Professional History

2009 – present

Swiss Life Group

  • Group Chief Financial Officer (Group CFO) and Member of the Corporate Executive Board, Zurich

2009

Allianz Group

  • Head of Operational Transformation, Zurich

1994 – 2009

Zurich Financial Services Group

  • Chief Operating Officer of Zurich Financial Services Global Life, Zurich (2004 – 2009)
  • Group Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Group Management Board, Zurich (2002 – 2004)
  • Chief Financial Officer North America, Chicago (1999– 2002)
  • Chief Financial Officer of all Swiss operations, Zurich (1997 – 1999)
  • Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss P&C business unit, Zurich (1994 – 1997)

1985 – 1993

ELVIA Group

  • Various positions in the area of Finance, Zurich

Education

1982

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Master in Business Administration and Economics

Mandates

  • Swiss Insurance Association (SIA), Chairman of the Finance and Regulation Committee