Tom de Swaan

Tom de Swaan

Chairman, Zurich Insurance Group

Tom de Swaan, Chairman of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd has served in the banking industry of the Netherlands for over 40 years. He has been a Member of the Boards of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since April 2006. In March 2012 he was elected Vice-Chairman, and then as Chairman in August 2013.

Mr de Swaan joined De Nederlandsche Bank N.V. in 1972, and in 1986 became a Member of the Governing Board. Between 1987 and 1988, he was Chairman of the Amsterdam Financial Center. He was a Member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision from 1991 to 1996 and its Chairman from 1997 to 1998. From 1995 to 1997 he also served as Chairman of the Banking Supervisory Sub-Committee of the European Monetary Institute. In January 1999 until May 2006, Mr de Swaan served a Member of the Managing Board and Chief Financial Officer of ABN AMRO Bank and continued as an Adviser to the Managing Board until June 2007. He was also Non-Executive Director on the Board of the UK’s Financial Services Authority from January 2001 until the end of 2006. From 2006 until May 2015 he was a Non-Executive Member of the Board of GlaxoSmithKline Plc. From 2008 until February 2016, Mr de Swaan was a Member of the Supervisory Board of Van Lanschot NV. He also served as its Chairman until December 2015. In addition Mr de Swaan had been Chief Executive Officer a.i. from December 2015 to early March 2016.

Mr de Swaan is Vice-Chairman of the supervisory board of Royal DSM; Chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is also a Member of the IIF Board of Directors, of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR) and of the Advisory Board of China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in economics.