March 29th, 2006

Managing Risk in an Uncertain Climate: A Reinsurerís Perspective

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John Coomber
Retired Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Group

Biographical Information

John Coomber, former CEO of Swiss Re Group from 2003 to 2005, will be proposed for election to the Board of Directors at the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting in February 2006. Coomber, a British citizen born in 1949, graduated in theoretical mechanics from Nottingham University in 1970. He started his career with the Phoenix Insurance Company and joined Swiss Re in 1973. Having qualified as an actuary in 1974, he first specialized in life reinsurance and went on to become appointed actuary from 1983 to 1990 for Swiss Re (UK). In 1987 he assumed responsibility for the life division, and in 1993, was made head of the company's UK operations. He became a member of the Executive Board in April 1995, responsible for the Group's Life & Health division. In June 2000, he became a member of the Executive Board Committee. Coomber also serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Euler Hermes.