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Ordinary general meeting of Bâloise Holding SA: shareholders vote in favor of the proposals of the Board of Directors
29.04.2022 / 14:00
Basel, April 29, 2022. At the 59th Ordinary General Meeting, the shareholders of Bâloise Holding AG voted in favor of all the agenda proposals proposed by the Board of Directors. They also confirmed the election of the lic. ok. HSG Claudia Dill and Dr sc. nat. ETH Maya Bundt as new board members. Dr. Thomas von Planta, Chairman of the Board, thanked Dr. iur. Andreas Beerli and Thomas Pleines for their valuable contributions to Baloise. In addition, shareholders approved the proposed dividend distribution of CHF 7.00 per share.
Dividend increase approved
The Annual General Meeting voted in favor of all of the Board’s proposals. The shareholders approved the 2021 annual report and the annual separate and consolidated financial statements of the Company, and formally approved the actions of the members of the board of directors and the management team. As proposed, the dividend was increased by 60 cents to CHF 7 per share. Baloise shares have thus confirmed themselves as a reliable investment with long-term appeal.
Personnel changes on the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding SA
After respectively eleven and ten successful years on the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding AG, Dr. iur. Andreas Beerli and Thomas Pleines did not stand for re-election. Dr. Thomas von Planta, Chairman of the Board, expressed his immense gratitude to them for their many years of invaluable work on the Board and its committees. Andreas Beerli’s most recent role was that of Vice Chairman and he also chaired the Audit Committee, while Thomas Pleines chaired the Compensation Committee. The board of directors has appointed Christoph Mäder as new vice-president.
The shareholders elected lic. ok. HSG Claudia Dill and Dr sc. nat. ETH Maya Bundt as new board members, filling the two vacant seats. “The expertise of the two newly elected members in the insurance and digital fields will strengthen the Board of Directors. Claudia Dill has held various management positions within the Zurich Insurance Group for over 20 years, most recently as a member of the Group Management Committee responsible for the Latin American market. Maya Bundt held various positions at Swiss Re, most recently heading the Cyber & Digital Solutions department. Baloise’s Board of Directors is getting younger and has more women. I extend a very warm welcome to our two members,” said Dr Thomas von Planta in his speech.
All other Board members were re-elected for a one-year term.
Sustainability and corporate culture: strategic pillars at Baloise
After reviewing the completed Simply Safe: Season 1 strategic phase, this year’s Annual General Meeting focused on Simply Safe: Season 2. In his speech, Dr. Thomas von Planta highlighted that sustainability is part of integral part of corporate strategy and will become even more important in the years to come. “Sustainability has a direct impact on risk management and therefore on our insurance, banking and asset management activities. We have incorporated various aspects of sustainability into our business processes over the past year,” he said.
Dr. Thomas von Planta’s speech also highlighted Baloise’s unique corporate culture, which plays a crucial role in the company’s success. “The measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic have changed the world of work over the past two years. And our customers could count on us at all times. On our side, we were able to rely on our strong corporate culture,” he underlined. “It is important to make an effort to protect this culture. This includes bringing people back to the office, as contact in the workplace is what energizes our employees to face future challenges.
Dr. Thomas von Planta’s full speech in German can be downloaded at www.baloise.com//annual-general-meeting and can be viewed in video stream from April 30, 2022 on www.youtube.com/BaloiseGroup.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Ex-dividend date
Thursday, May 5, 2022: Dividend payment date
Thursday August 25, 2022: 2022 half-year financial results
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The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The evolution of society’s security, safety and service needs in the digital age is at the heart of its businesses. Baloise’s approximately 7,900 employees therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel “simply safe”. Located in the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its main markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, the Group also operates as a specialist financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to individuals throughout Europe from its competence center in Luxembourg. The shares of Bâloise Holding SA are listed on the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.
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