Election, succession planning, qualifications and term of office
Members of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board of Directors are elected individually by the Annual General Meeting for a term of office until completion of the next Annual General Meeting.
Succession planning is of significant importance to the Board of Directors. It regularly analyses its composition to confirm that its members’ qualifications, skills and experience correspond to the Board’s needs and requirements. The Board of Directors initiates the evaluation of potential new Board members in a timely manner with the continued aim to ensure its members have the desired qualifications and experience as well as to further diversify and renew its composition. The Nomination Committee evaluates candidates for Board membership and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for election or re-election proposals. The Board of Directors nominates candidates for Board membership for election at the Annual General Meeting, ensuring that the Board retains an adequate size and well-balanced composition and that at least three-quarters of its members are independent. With regard to its succession planning, the Board of Directors aims to safeguard the stability of its composition while also renewing the Board in a sensible way.
The Board of Directors needs to secure the necessary qualifications, skills and diversity to perform all required responsibilities. It must assemble among its members the balance of managerial expertise and knowledge from different fields required for the fulfilment of the oversight responsibility as well as for sound, independent decision-making in line with the needs of the business.
The Board of Directors defines the selection criteria against which candidates for Board membership are assessed. The requirements that potential Board members have to meet in terms of knowledge in various key areas and the industry are constantly increasing.
Membership on the Board of Directors requires experience in key sectors such as insurance and reinsurance, finance, accounting, capital markets, risk management and regulatory matters as well as leadership and decision-making experience in a large, complex financial institution. The mandate also demands significant commitment, integrity and intercultural communication competence.
The prevalence of these qualifications and skills ensures that SRL has the relevant expertise required for active involvement and supervision of an international listed company.
A Board member may not have any management or executive function within the Group.
Board members’ training
The Board of Directors has a unique role in the company oversight. The company therefore strives to build a strong and effective Board culture, supported by ongoing learning, which is an important component to foster Board effectiveness. Newly elected Board members undergo a comprehensive onboarding programme consisting of a total of 21 hours of sessions in order to gain a sound understanding of the Group’s organisation, business and environment. Additionally, the Board members update and enhance their knowledge of emerging business trends and risks through regular meetings with internal and external experts throughout the year. During 2019, the Board of Directors completed training sessions on the following topics: Property & Casualty reserving; Life & Health reserving; the internal capital adequacy model as well as Economic Value Management.
Additionally, one-to-one training sessions are offered at any time through the year with our top executives and experts.
Term of office
The members of the Board of Directors are elected for a term of office until completion of the next Annual General Meeting. Members whose term has expired are immediately eligible for re-election.
First election date
The initial election year of each member is stated in the table in Board of Directors.
Board of Directors diversity
In addition to the skill sets and competencies of the members of the Board of Directors, the principles of gender and age diversity, inclusion, nationality and regional representation play an important role in the composition of the Board of Directors.