Swiss Re appoints new group chief investment officer

Newly appointed leader to replace retiring officer

Swiss Re appoints new group chief investment officer

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

Swiss Re has announced its appointment of Velina Peneva (pictured) as group chief investment officer.

Peneva, whose appointment is effective April 01, 2023, will also join Swiss Re’s group executive committee. She succeeds Guido Fürer, who is retiring after serving Swiss Re for 25 years.

Currently the co-head of client solutions & analytics in Swiss Re’s asset management unit, Velina also previously served as the head of the company’s private equity investment mandate. Prior to joining Swiss Re in 2017, she worked for Bain & Company in the US, Australia, and Switzerland. At Bain & Company, she most recently served as partner and leader for the private equity and institutional investor practices in Zurich.

“We're pleased that with Velina Peneva, we've been able to find a capable internal candidate to lead our asset management unit forward,” said Swiss Re group chief executive officer Christian Mumenthaler. “Velina has a very strong track record both within and outside Swiss Re. She brings a combination of deep financial market expertise, strategic and investment skills, proven leadership capabilities and a well-established industry network."

Last December, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions named Allen Kwan as head of customer and distribution management for North America. In his new role, Kwan will oversee the company’s customer and broker distribution strategy for the US and Canada.

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