Jean-Michel Chatagny has an Economics background and was Client Executive and Managing Director in the Reinsurance Globals Division of Swiss Re between 1 July 2009 and 31 August 2020, when he retired. He had been with Swiss Re for just over four decades.
Since September 2013 he led the Globals team in Zurich responsible for European based Global clients and strategy for all Life & Health Global clients based in Continental Europe.
Between September 2010 and the summer of 2013, he lived and worked in Hong Kong leading the Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing based Globals Property & Casualty and Life and Health teams which he set-up.
Prior to this he was the Managing Director in charge of Strategic Corporate Development for Asia, a function that included responsibilities for the medical insurance business.
Between 2005 and 2006, he was Chief Operating Officer for Swiss Re’s Life & Health business in Asia, spanning the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, and he was also in charge of key US and European global clients on the Life & Health side.
From 1997 to 2005, he was Head of Asia and a Member of the Executive Board of the Life & Health Business Group. This appointment followed more than 10 years of hands-on experience in various Asian markets.
He also spent 10 years in Japan as Swiss Re’s Life Representative at the company’s Representative Office in Tokyo, leading the Life & Health development of Swiss Re in Japan, Korea and Taiwan until June 1995.
Prior to that, he spent a year with the Marketing Section for Asia Pacific in Zurich and Hong Kong, following 4 years working as a Life Underwriter.
During his career in the insurance sector, Jean-Michel led a number of successful initiatives to enable access to insurance for populations in some parts of the world with limited insurance penetration i.e. partnership in micro-finance institutions in India to provide credit related mortality cover for women wanting to work independently or setting a public-private partnership in India with government part-financing of premium to offer health insurance and set up of several other private-public partnerships in China to insure infrastructure against catastrophic risks.
Mandates and positions held
Non-executive Member of the Board of Directors
2021 – 2025
Member of the Risk and Capital Committee
Member of the Advisory Board of Chambre Suisse-Chine du Commerce