Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Matthias Grass as Chief Financial Officer
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Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Matthias Grass as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Grass will be responsible for overseeing Swiss Re Corporate Solutions' Finance function, ensuring the business unit achieves its financial targets, and implementing the business unit's strategy. He will oversee a team of around 200 finance professionals in offices around the world.
Subject to approval by the relevant authorities, Mr. Grass will assume the role on 1 July 2020 and join the Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Executive Committee. He will relocate from Bratislava to Zurich.
Since joining Swiss Re in 2013, Mr. Grass has served as Chief Financial Officer of Group Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Swiss Re's service companies. During this time, he significantly improved cost management, operations and steering across the Swiss Re Group. He also played a key role in implementing the global operations strategy and expanding the company's presence in Bratislava. Previously, Mr. Grass spent 8 years with McKinsey & Company, where he held numerous positions of increasing seniority.
"Matthias has shown he is an effective leader who has achieved ambitious targets, inspired his people, and helped grow our very successful Bratislava operation," states Andreas Berger, CEO Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. "I am pleased he will join Corporate Solutions during this transformative time in our development. Matthias will be a driving force in refining our strategy as we advance corporate insurance for the benefit of our customers."
Mr. Grass succeeds Martin Mueller, who has been appointed Head Global Finance Transformation for the Swiss Re Group. Mr. Mueller served as Chief Financial Officer of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions since November 2017.
"I'd like to thank Martin for his many contributions to Corporate Solutions, particularly his leadership during our strategic review," Mr. Berger continued. "By overseeing the successful implementation of our management actions, Martin has helped us make significant progress in our return to profitability, which I am confident Matthias will help Corporate Solutions achieve in 2021, as committed."
A German national, Mr. Grass holds a Master's in Finance from the London Business School in the UK and a Master's in Science and Business Administration from Handelshochschule Leipzig in Germany. He speaks German, English and French and has lived and worked in Europe and Canada.