Changes on the Executive Board of La Mobilière
Thomas Trachsler (55) is to be the new Head of Insurance at La Mobilière. He succeeds Patric Deflorin (49), who has managed this division since 2015 and will now be concentrating on his new function as Head of Market Management. The new Head of Operations and successor to Thomas Trachsler will be Andrea Kleiner (47).
The Board of Directors of La Mobilière Holding Ltd has appointed Thomas Trachsler as new Head of Insurance from 1 April 2021. Trachsler built up the Operations business division around four years ago. His responsibilities included M&A and the entire project portfolio for modernising the systems and processes of the La Mobilière Group. He has developed the ecosystem strategy and data analytics and consistently expanded omnichannel management. The strategic partnership with Raiffeisen was recently drawn up under his management.
“I am now looking forward to developing further the centrepiece of our core business together with 900 staff of the Insurance division and advancing and consistently implementing the connection with new digital business models,” says Thomas Trachsler.
Thomas Trachsler successfully managed the Market Management division from 2010 until mid-2017. Over this period he further developed omnichannel management and the decentralised business model with independent general agencies and geared them to future challenges. Holder of a UAS degree in business economics and an executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Thomas Trachsler worked from 1998 until 2009 as a general agent with self-employed status within La Mobilière and previously held various functions at the Head Office in Berne and in Zurich.
Michèle Rodoni, CEO of La Mobilière: “With Thomas Trachsler we remain committed to continuity as he will further develop the Insurance division in a profitable and customer-oriented manner with his future team. As a former general agent, he is familiar with the needs of our sales force, particularly with regard to new products and services.”
Thomas Trachsler will take over his new function on 1 April 2021 from acting Head Patric Deflorin, who additionally assumed management of the Market Management division on 1 January 2021 (see also media release of 26 October 2020).
Andrea Kleiner to be new Head of Operations
The Board of Directors is also appointing Andrea Kleiner as new Head of Operations as of 1 April 2021. She succeeds Thomas Trachsler and in doing so will receive a seat on the Executive Board of La Mobilière. Andrea Kleiner has for a good year been responsible for the Personal Insurance division at La Mobilière with 250 employees and a premium volume of CHF 2 billion. The private customer segment comprises the household, mobility and legal protection business areas.
The search for a suitable successor to Andrea Kleiner has been initiated.
Andrea Kleiner was previously in charge of the personal insurance strategic business area that she successfully developed further to become one of La Mobilière’s growth engines and returned to profitability. Before Andrea Kleiner joined La Mobilière, she spent around seven years working for Swiss Life as Head of System Management Private Clients.
The native American with Swiss roots holds a degree in biochemistry from ETH Zurich, an MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca and a Certificate in Insurance Management from the University of St. Gallen. She started her career as a consultant, first of all at Accenture in Zurich and Paris and from 2004 until 2008 as project manager at The Boston Consulting Group where she demonstrated her pronounced strategic thinking ability in numerous projects for renowned clients.
“In the Operations division, we’re building the future of La Mobilière. I’m greatly looking forward to tackling the next steps in this important phase for La Mobilière together with my future team,” says Andrea Kleiner.
CEO Michèle Rodoni: “Andrea Kleiner has proven on multiple occasions that organisations have been successfully developed further under her leadership. I have every confidence that she will deploy these skills in a profitable manner in particular in the further development of our two ecosystems focussing on housing and SMEs.”
Urs Berger, Chairman of the Board of Directors, adds: “Andrea Kleiner and Thomas Trachsler have pronounced abilities in successfully defining and implementing strategies. I am delighted about this choice and firmly believe that they will both make a valuable contribution to the further development of La Mobilière.”