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Athora Group Management Executive Committee

Michele joined Athora in September 2017 as CEO and is responsible for the coordination and direction of the Management Executive Committee and the Athora Group subsidiaries. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Athora Life Re Ltd., Athora Ireland plc and Athora Belgium SA/NV. 

Michele was formerly Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley’s European Insurance and Pensions business as well as being responsible for Morgan Stanley’s reinsurance operations globally. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2010 and also led the Fixed Income Capital Markets division in Italy. 

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley he was employed by Nomura Holdings, Inc. from 2008 to 2010, where he co-ran the Insurance business for Europe, Japan and Asia.  From 2003 to 2008, he worked with Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. where he held various senior roles covering Italian and other European Insurance companies on the asset-side as well as capital management, DCM/ECM and reinsurance solutions. 

Before joining Lehman Brothers, he held senior roles at JPMorgan and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Michele holds a B.Sc. (cum laude) in Economics, Statistics and Social Sciences from Università Bocconi Milano.

Barry is Group Chief Financial Officer of Athora with responsibility for Finance, Actuarial, Tax and Corporate Control functions across the group. 

Barry has over 20 years' experience in international life insurance including 12 years at Athora Ireland plc where he held a number of roles including Chief Financial Officer and, most recently, Managing Director. Prior to that, he worked at Irish Life & Permanent, a large domestic Irish insurance company.

Barry is a member of the Athora Belgium SA/NV Board of Directors. He previously served on the boards of Athora Ireland plc, Transamerica Life International Bermuda and Esprit Insurance. Barry has been an active member of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, having chaired Cross Border Life Committee and been a member of its Life Committee.

He is a Fellow member of the both the Institute of Actuaries and Society of Actuaries in Ireland (2001) and holds a first class honours degree in Actuarial & Financial Studies from University College Dublin.

Henrik is Group Head of Balance Sheet Management at Athora and is responsible for reinsurance, capital and the group balance sheet. He is a Member of the Athora Life Re Ltd., Athora Ireland plc and Athora Belgium SA/NV Boards of Directors.

He was one of the co‐founders of RMR Advisors Ltd, a firm providing insurance related advisory services to Apollo, Athene and their affiliates. RMR Advisors was acquired by Athene in 2016, and formed the beginning of what is today Athora. Prior to that, Henrik worked at UBS in its Financial Institutions Group Investment Banking division, and in FICC Structuring.

Henrik holds a BSc degree from the Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration (NHH) in Bergen, Norway.

Lukas is Group Chief Risk Officer at Athora with responsibility for risk management across the group. 

Lukas joined Athora in September 2018 from MetLife where he was most recently CRO for its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he was a partner at Oliver Wyman’s European insurance practice where he led the financial risk group. He has also held a number of consulting roles.

Lukas has published widely on topics such as financial risk management, economic capital, and hedging financial guarantees, and presents regularly at international industry forums and seminars.

He has an MSc in Theoretical Physics, is a qualified actuary (Aktuar DAV), and has professional qualifications in financial analysis (CFA) and in risk management (PRM).

Mark is Group Chief Operating Officer at Athora, responsible for oversight of operations, IT, integration, communications and administration. He is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board for Athora Lebensversicherung AG and a Member of the Board of Directors of Athora Life Re Ltd and Athora Belgium SA/NV.

Mark was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer of Athene Holding Ltd. Prior to that, he co‐founded and was a senior executive of Countrywide Bank, which grew to $95bn in assets and was the 11th largest national bank in the US. Mark also managed a $1 billion distressed mortgage portfolio for an affiliate of Blackrock from 2008 to 2009 and was a management consultant in the banking and insurance industry from 1995 to 2000.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ralf is Group General Counsel at Athora with responsibility for legal and compliance across the group. He is Member of the Management Board at Athora Deutschland Holding GmbH & Co. KG as well as a Member of the Athora Ireland plc and Athora Belgium SA/NV Boards of Directors.

Ralf has more than 13 years of experience in corporate M&A at international law firms such as DLA Piper and Dewey & LeBoeuf and within the Investment Banking division of Citigroup. 

A German qualified lawyer, Ralf also holds an honours degree from Frankfurt’s Goethe University.

Athora Deutschland Group

Christian Thimann is CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Athora Deutschland Group and is responsible for Athora’s overall activities in Germany.

Prior to Athora, Christian was Group Head of Strategy at AXA Group in Paris from 2014 until 2016 and a Member of the Group Executive Committee where he coordinated AXA’s global strategy in life insurance, general insurance and asset management. Christian was also a Member of the Board of Directors at AXA’s asset managers, Alliance Bernstein Investment and AXA Investment Managers. He was also responsible for matters concerning European and international insurance regulation.

Christian also worked in an executive position at the European Central Bank until 2013, most recently as Director General. Christian has also been Chairman of the EU High-level Group on Sustainable Finance and is a special adviser to the European Commission on financial regulation.

Stefan Spohr is CEO Insurance Operations and is responsible for Athora’s day-to-day operations in Germany including IT, Customer Service and Human Resources. He is CEO and Chairman of the Athora Deutschland Service GmbH management board and Vice-Chairman and a Member of the Athora Deutschland Holding management board.

Stefan joined Athora from Apollo Global Management where he was an Operating Partner working with the management teams of Apollo portfolio companies. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions in Financial Services as Global Head of Industries at Willis Towers Watson, CEO UK & Ireland at Bearing Point and as a Partner at A.T. Kearney.

He holds an MIA from Columbia University in New York and a BA in Economics from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Heinz-Jürgen was appointed CFO at Athora Lebensversicherung AG and Athora Pensionskasse AG in May 2010 and is responsible for accounting, finance, financial control, procurement and taxes. He is a member of the Athora Deutschland Holding GmbH & Co. KG and Athora Deutschland Service GmbH management boards.

Heinz-Jürgen has more than 30 years of management experience in the insurance and finance industry with a focus on international accounting.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.

Claudius Vievers joined Athora Deutschland Group in July 2018 as Chief Risk Officer and is responsible for actuarial and risk management. He is a member of the Athora Lebensversicherung AG, Athora Pensionskasse AG and Athora Deutschland Service GmbH management boards.

Claudius has more than 20 years of experience in financial control, risk management and actuarial services within the financial services sector. After six years with WestLB, he joined Generali Deutschland in 2000 where he worked in financial controlling and was involved in various strategic group projects. Claudius was appoint CRO at Generali Deutschland in 2007 and from 2012 at the R+V Group, where he was responsible for integrating R+V Group’s risk management with DZ Bank Group.

Claudius holds a degree in business administration and has a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences.

Athora Ireland plc

Tadhg was appointed CEO at Athora Ireland in July 2018. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer at Athora Ireland.

Tadhg joined Athora Ireland as Head of Actuarial in 2008, and has also held the roles of Head of Solvency II, Director of Reporting  and Deputy CFO in Athora Ireland. He has 20 years’ experience in the Irish and cross-border life insurance industry and prior to joining Aegon, he was a senior manager in the High Net Worth division of Irish Life & Permanent plc.

Tadhg is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries & Faculty of Actuaries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial & Financial Studies from University College Dublin.

Gareth joined Athora Ireland as CRO in September 2016.

An accomplished senior leader with 30 years’ experience in Irish and multinational Life & Pensions companies, Gareth has previously held senior leadership roles at SCOR Global Life, AXA Life Invest, Aviva, and Bank of Ireland Life/ New Ireland Assurance.

Gareth is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries & Faculty of Actuaries. He holds an MSc in Financial Mathematics from Dublin City University.

Renato was appointed Head of Third-Party Reinsurance at Athora in March 2018.

Prior to that, he was Head of Financial Solutions EMEA at SCOR Global Life. Renato started his actuarial career in 1987 in Canada and he has worked in North America, Asia and Europe for direct insurers, consultants and two reinsurers (Swiss Re and SCOR).

Renato is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and holds an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Athora Life Re Ltd

Amy joined Athora Life Re as CEO in January 2018 where she also holds the position of CRO. Amy is responsible for the overall direction of Athora Life Re and risk oversight of the business.

Prior to Athora, Amy was Head of Corporate Projects at Legal & General in London, and was CRO and Corporate Actuary at Hannover Life Reassurance Bermuda Ltd. During her time in the UK and Bermuda, she has specialised in capital management, actuarial valuation and international reinsurance.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from The London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Joelina is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Athora Life Re and is responsible for legal and compliance.  

Joelina has extensive experience in the Bermuda (re)insurance industry. Prior to Athora, she was Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Allied World Assurance Company Ltd where she had responsibility for legal and compliance matters for the group’s Bermuda operations. Prior to that, Joelina was Counsel at Appleby (Bermuda) Limited where she advised on all aspects of corporate, commercial, regulatory and (re)insurance transactional matters.

Joelina holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) with majors in Anthropology and International Development Studies from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax; a Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) from City, University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School, London. She has been a member of the Bermuda Bar Association since 2002.

Wendy is Chief Actuary at Athora Life Re.

Wendy has extensive actuarial experience focusing on product development, pricing and investments. Previously, she was Vice President, Global Acquisitions at Reinsurance Group of America. She led pricing and due diligence activities and worked with clients to allocate risks, increase deal certainty and create value. Prior to that, Wendy was Assistant Vice President, Investment Strategy at Manulife / John Hancock where she developed investment strategies for insurance businesses with assets under management exceeding CAD 100 billion. 

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Mathematics, Honors Actuarial Science with a Computer Science Minor from the University of Waterloo. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Athora Belgium

Dorsan was appointed CEO of Athora Belgium in November 2018 and is responsible for the coordination and direction of the Athora Belgium Executive Committee.

Dorsan joined Athora Belgium in 2015 as Director of Life Insurance Sales; he was later appointed Chief Distribution Officer before being appointed CEO in November 2018. He has wide-ranging expertise in insurance and lengthy experience in the financial services sector.  Dorsan began his career at Accenture and, prior to joining Athora Belgium, he held a number of management positions with various companies across the financial services industry including at Callataÿ & Wouters (now Sopra Banking Software), Citigroup and Delta Lloyd Life.

Dorsan holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Vlerick Management School and has completed an Executive Programme in Management and Philosophy at Solvay Business School.

Filip is Chief Financial Officer at Athora Belgium with responsibility for the finance, tax and financial control functions.

Filip has over 20 years of experience in the insurance sector. He joined Athora Belgium in 2006 as Manager Accounting Planning & Control before being appointed Deputy CFO in 2008 and CFO in 2011. Prior to Athora Belgium, he was Controller at Fortis Corporate Insurance Belgium (now Amlin). He has also worked at Vaderlandse Insurance (now Vividium) as well as its sister company, RVS, where he was a Management Accountant and supported the Financial Director.

Filip holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Vlerick Business School.

Franck was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Athora Belgium in 2014 and Director Life in 2018. He is responsible for the oversight of operations and life insurance.

Franck joined Athora Belgium in 2010 as Chief Information Officer and was appointed COO in 2014. He was also appointed Director Life in 2018. He has wide-ranging expertise in insurance and vast experience in the banking sector. Before joining Athora Belgium, he was Chief Architect at ING Belgium.

Franck has a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences from ICHEC, and Master's degrees in Applied Sciences and IT from UC Louvain. 

Igotz joined Athora Belgium as Chief Risk Officer in 2019 and is responsible for risk management.

Prior to Athora, Igotz was at Allianz Partners in Paris, most recently as Corporate Actuarial Director. Before that, he assisted Deloitte Belgium clients with risk and actuarial topics, and helped the industry to finalise Solvency II at the European level.

Igotz is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK), the Institute of Actuaries (Belgium) and the Institut des Actuaires (France). He is also a member of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) and the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE). He has an MBA from the Henley Business School and an MSc in Actuarial Science from University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallé.

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