Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich
Peter Giger has extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance, including in areas of finance, risk, strategy, underwriting and regulatory management. He was appointed Zurich’s Group Chief Risk Officer and member of the Executive Committee in October 2019 and took on the additional responsibilities as Group Chief Investment Officer on an interim basis in July 2021. Prior to that, he served for four years from 2014 to 2018 as the head of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA’s insurance division. During that time he also served as FINMA’s deputy CEO and a member of its executive team. While at FINMA he represented Switzerland in international organizations, instituted standard operating procedures and guidelines, and was instrumental in consolidating Swiss Solvency Test modeling. From 2002 to 2014, he held executive leadership roles at Zurich, including CFO General Insurance from 2010 to 2014. Prior to that he headed Structured Finance at Swiss Re from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Giger began his career at Zurich, holding a series of management positions between 1992 and 1999.
Peter Giger became a member of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Risk Center’s advisory board in February 2020. He has been a member of the CRO Forum since October 2019 and was elected vice chair in October 2020.
Mr. Giger has a doctorate in business administration from the University of Zurich, and a master’s degree in business administration, specializing in IT, from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).