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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 Belgium SA/NV and of the Supervisory board of Athora Netherlands, SRLEV and Proteq.

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.

Anders Malmström joined Athora in May 2021 as Group Chief Financial Officer and a member of our Management Executive Committee. The appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

As Group CFO, Anders is responsible for the group's financial operations and organisation, including accounting, tax, capital, and investment activities. In addition, he oversees our actuarial function and ensures appropriate reporting to the board of directors and shareholders/stakeholders.

Prior to Athora he was Senior Executive Vice President and CFO of Equitable Holdings, Inc., and a member of its management committee. Before that, Anders was a member of the executive board and served as Head of the Life business at AXA Winterthur and Head of Product Management, Group Life Insurance, at Swiss Life Group in Zurich.

Anders holds a master’s degree in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy from the University of Basel in Switzerland. He also completed a dissertation in Mathematics at the University of Aachen in Germany.

Eric was appointed Regional CEO – Belgium & Germany in June 2020 and is a member of the Management Executive Committee. He is responsible for Athora’s insurance operations in Belgium and Germany. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Athora Lebensversicherung AG and Athora Pensionkasse AG in Germany, and Chairman of the Board of Athora Belgium SA/NV.

Eric joined Athora in March 2018, having initially worked as an advisor to Athora from June 2017 on transactions in the Belgian market. Prior to Athora, Eric was Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Institution in Global Markets at Société Générale Corporate Investment Banking (SGCIB) in London. He joined SGCIB in 2008 in the Fixed Income Global Markets as Head of Illiquid Asset Distribution. Prior to that, Eric founded Aleva Ltd in 2006, a UK pension buy-out company. From 1996 to 2006, Eric worked at JPMorgan, London as Managing Director, European Head of Insurance Pension and Head of Fixed Income for Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and previously in Paris as General Manager of J.P.Morgan & Cie S.A. in charge of Global Markets. Before JPMorgan, Eric worked at Credit Commercial de France as Head of Bond Syndication, and at Banque Indosuez in Internal Audit.

Eric holds a degree in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France.

Henrik is co-founder and Group Head of Growth of Athora, responsible for the organisation’s growth strategy. A member of the Group Management Executive Committee, he oversees Athora’s reinsurance and pension risk transfer business and all M&A activities and he coordinates new business product development and distribution.

He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Athora Life Re, Athora Ireland plc and Athora Belgium SA/NV.

Henrik was a co-founder and director of RMR Advisors Ltd, an investment and advisory firm which provided insurance-related advisory services to Apollo, Athene and their affiliates from 2012 until the creation of Athora.

He previously worked at UBS in its Financial Institutions Group Investment Banking division, and in FICC Structuring.

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

Lukas is Group Chief Risk Officer at Athora with responsibility for risk management across the group. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Athora Lebensversicherung AG and Athora Ireland plc.

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).

Philip is responsible for oversight of transformation and change, operations and administration, IT, integration. He joined Athora from his role as Chief Operating Officer at B3i, an entity set up to develop distributed ledger solution to the insurance and reinsurance industry.

Prior to this Philip performed a range of global roles including Group Chief Information & Technology Officer, Head of Global Strategic Sourcing & Shared Services, Head of CEO Office including Strategy, Head of Insurance Accounting and Reserving at Catlin group and Equitas Reinsurance Ltd.

He has acted as an advisor and mentor to founding teams of Insurtech start-ups. Philip holds a BA in Geography from the University of Durham.

Ralf is Group General Counsel at Athora with responsibility for legal, compliance and governance across the group. He is Member of the Management Board at Athora Deutschland Holding GmbH & Co. KG.

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.

Claudius Vievers was appointed CEO Insurance Operations at Athora Deutschland Service GmbH in May 2020 and is responsible for the operational business including actuarial, risk management, HR and strategic projects. He is also Chairman of the Management Board of Athora Deutschland Service GmbH and CRO and Spokesperson of the Management Boards of Athora Lebensversicherung AG and Athora Pensionskasse AG.

Claudius has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, particularly in the areas of financial control, risk management and actuarial. After working for WestLB for 6 years, he moved to the insurance industry in 2000. In addition to his work in financial controlling he was involved in various strategic group projects at Generali Deutschland. Claudius was CRO at Generali Deutschland from 2007 and R+V Group from 2012, where he led the integration of R+V’s risk management function with that of DZ Bank Group. He joined Athora Germany in 2018 as Chief Risk Officer.

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

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.

Stefan Kropp was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Athora Deutschland Service GmbH in May 2020 and is responsible for business operations covering IT, Customer Service, Business Organisation and Mortgages. He is also a member of the Management Boards of Athora Deutschland Holding GmbH & Co. KG and Athora Deutschland Service GmbH.

Stefan has more than 20 years of management experience at Athora, including previous roles as Head of HR and Head of Customer Service. In particular, he has focused on the optimisation and automation of processes; the successful implementation of related projects and has supported strategic projects during his time at Athora.

Stefan studied Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, graduating with a degree in Business Administration.

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.

Cyrille was appointed Head of Business Development, Reinsurance at Athora in March 2020.

Before joining Athora, Cyrille was Head of Risk Structuring - Financial Solutions Life at Munich Re. Prior to this he held roles as Portfolio Manager at Crédit Agricole CIB, and Fund Manager at Oddo AM.

A graduate of ENSTA (Paris) and Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), Cyrille holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris).

Joao joined Athora Ireland as CRO in January 2020.

An accomplished senior leader with over 15 years’ experience in the international banking and insurance sector, Joao was most recently Group Head of Financial Risk & ALM at Aviva plc. He has also held senior leadership roles at Barclays Bank and Morgan Stanley

Joao holds a Master’s degree in European Business from ESCP Business School in Paris.

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 and is responsible for the overall direction 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.

Ken is Chief Reinsurance Marketing Actuary at Athora Life Re and is responsible for third-party and internal reinsurance.

Ken was previously with Hannover Life Re Bermuda where he was responsible for the marketing, structuring and implementation of structured reinsurance solutions, as well as for general business development. He has wide-ranging experience in traditional and non-traditional reinsurance worldwide with extensive technical knowledge and solid understanding of actuarial and financial concepts.

Ken holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from Dresden University of Technology, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Université Caen Normandie. He is a Fellow of the German Actuarial Society.

Neil joined Athora Life Re in June 2020 as CFO where he also holds the position of CRO. Neil is responsible for finance, investment, balance sheet management and risk oversight of the business. 

Neil has extensive experience in the insurance sector, including asset management, banking and consulting. During his career he has developed novel ways to invest, built sound investment frameworks, and created inclusive and motivated teams. Prior to Athora, Neil was Head of Liability Driven Investment at Aviva Investors where he was responsible for all aspects of managing insurance and pension fund assets.  

Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Christchurch College, Oxford. 

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.

Bjorn was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Athora Belgium in 2020 and is responsible for Finance and Investments.

Bjorn has extensive financial services experience including auditing at KPMG; Financial Planning & Analysis at FedEx EMEA; and several years at AXA Belgium in general expense management and cost allocation. He was CFO at AXA Ukraine from 2013 to 2017, after which he completed assignments at Belfius, Euroclear and Mauritius Insurance. Prior to joining Athora, he was CFO at Lineas (formerly SNCB Logistics).

Bjorn has a Master’s degree from ICHEC Brussels Management School.

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.


Athora Netherlands

Formerly a Managing Director in Athora’s M&A team before joining Athora Netherlands, Angelo led the management of the VIVAT transaction for Athora. Prior to Athora, he worked in the Financial Institutions Group at the M&A division of UBS and Greenhill & Co and as a Credit Analyst in the European insurance team of Standard & Poor’s credit ratings. In the early part of his career, Angelo worked as a management consultant with a focus on the financial services industry.

Angelo holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications with Economics from Università degli Studi, Siena and is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst.

Annemarie joined Athora Netherlands as Chief Risk Officer in July 2020 and is responsible for risk management strategies and operations.

Prior to Athora Netherlands, Annemarie was Head of Central Risk Management at ABN Amro Bank. Before that, she was CRO at Delta Lloyd Group and held senior positions within the ING Group. In 2013, she was appointed CRO in the life division management team at Nationale-Nederlanden (NN).

Annemarie has a Master’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam and holds the AG Actuary (AAG) title from the Royal Dutch Actuarial Association (Koninklijk Actuarieel Genootschap, AG). She is also a member of the Supervisory Board at Klaverblad Verzekeringen.

Stefan was CEO Insurance Operations at Athora Germany before joining Athora Netherlands. Stefan has significant operational and financial services experience garnered over many years as Global Head of Industries at Willis Towers Watson, CEO UK & Ireland at BearingPoint and Partner at A.T. Kearney.

Stefan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York.