Athora appoints Michael Koller as Chief Risk Officer

Pembroke, Bermuda, 29 June 2023 -  Athora Holding Ltd. (Athora, the Group), a leading European savings and retirement services group, today announces senior appointments.

Michael Koller has been appointed as Group Chief Risk Officer (CRO) succeeding Lukas Ziewer who stepped down as Group CRO in May 2023.  Michael, who will become a member of Athora’s Management Committee subject to regulatory approval, is joined at Athora by Chantal Waight who has recently taken up the role of Managing Director of Group Risk. 

Michael has more than 30 years’ industry experience and was most recently CRO at MS Amlin. Previously, he was Group Risk Director at Prudential plc for almost a decade where he also served as a member of key subsidiary Board Audit and Risk Committees. Before joining Prudential plc, Michael served as CRO for Aviva’s European operations where he built and led the risk team. 

Chantal has 25 years’ insurance industry experience, the last 15 of which were at M&G plc and Prudential plc, most recently as Director of Strategy & Corporate Development for M&G plc and Director of Investor Relations for Prudential plc. Chantal also brings deep experience of investment markets through her senior roles at M&G Investments. 

Mike Wells, Group CEO of Athora said, “Robust risk management is central to our business model. The appointments of Michael and Chantal adds two seasoned senior leaders to our risk function. They join Athora at an exciting inflection point and will each play an important role as we prepare for the next phase of our growth and maturity journey.

The appointments follow a transformational 12-months for Athora in which it completed acquisitions in Italy and Belgium, signed a large acquisition in Germany, raised approximately €2.75bn of Common Equity Capital and completed its inaugural bond issuance in public capital markets.