Walter B. Kielholz has been Honorary Chairman of Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd since April 2021, having previously been non-executive Chairman since 2009. Educated at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, he began his career at the General Reinsurance Corporation, Zurich, in 1976, where he held several positions in the US, the UK and Italy before assuming responsibility for the company’s European marketing. In 1986, he joined Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for relationships with large insurance groups. He joined Swiss Re in 1989, where he became an Executive Board member in 1993 and was Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2002. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group Ltd from 1999 to 2014 and served as Chairman of Credit Suisse from 2003 to 2009. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is Vice-Chairman of the Institute of International Finance, a member of the European Financial Services Roundtable, and Chairman of the Zurich Art Society.