Thomas Buess

Head of Audit & Risk Committee

Thomas Buess is non-executive Board Member and former Group CFO of Swiss Life Group. 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 holds a Master in Business Administration and Economics from the University of St. Gallen.

Professional History

2009 - present

Swiss Life Group

  • Non-executive member of the Board of Directors (April 2019 – present)
  • Group Chief Financial Officer (Group CFO) and Member of the Corporate Executive Board, Zurich (2009 – March 2019)


Allianz Group

  • Head of Operational Transformation, Zurich

1994 - 2008

Zurich Financial Services Group

  • Chief Operating Officer of Zurich Financial Services Global Life, Zurich (2004 – 2008)
  • 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


  • Various positions in the area of Finance, Zurich



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