Lombard International Assurance, a global leader in wealth-structuring solutions for the high net worth market, has today announced the appointment of Gabriel Spirig as Head of Distribution and Business Development for Switzerland and Northern Europe. This appointment is the group’s eighth senior level hire since the global relaunch in September 2015.
Based in Zurich and reporting to Jurgen Vanhoenacker, Executive Director of Sales & Wealth Structuring, Gabriel will be responsible for business development in core countries such as Germany, Finland, Sweden and Norway and will oversee ongoing success in Switzerland. Gabriel will furthermore drive the distribution development of a new suite of high life cover solutions which are currently being developed.
“Gabriel’s appointment is pivotal to our continued expansion in northern Europe and Switzerland. This strategic hire will enable us to maximise the growth opportunities we are seeing in these markets. Gabriel’s previous experience in wealth structuring for high net worth individuals, their families and institutions globally will be of tremendous value to the firm,” said Vanhoenacker.
With 15 years’ of experience in private wealth and cross border insurance, Gabriel joins Lombard International Assurance from Credit Suisse, where he was Global Head of 3rd party life insurance solutions.  In this role, he was responsible for the Insurance Brokerage Business and the bank’s global offering of 3rd party life insurance solutions including Private Placement and Universal Life. Gabriel has held previous senior positions at Credit Suisse, including Head of Sales Management where he was responsible for developing and implementing global sales strategies.
“There is a growing diaspora of wealth and the ability to serve customers in multiple geographies is critical. Lombard International Assurance has been successfully creating wealth structuring solutions that reflect the complexity of clients’ lives. I am truly excited about joining Lombard and I look forward to contributing to the success of the company in my new role,” said Spirig.
About Lombard International Assurance
Lombard International Assurance is a leading global life insurance-based wealth solutions provider, combining the strength and expertise of two specialist life insurance companies with over 20 years’ experience and market leadership in their respective fields. Lombard International Assurance provides wealth-structuring solutions using unit-linked life assurance solutions to high net worth individuals, their families and institutions around the globe.
The global group, branded as Lombard International, launched to market in September 2015. With head offices located in Luxembourg and Philadelphia, a combined global presence enables Lombard International to serve clients’ complex needs on a global basis while being sensitive to local cultures and attitudes. The firm is an industry leader in providing multi-jurisdictional wealth planning solutions through its partner networks across the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Global assets under administration are in excess of USD 80 billion with a global staff numbering over 500, including more than 60 technical experts specializing in 20+ jurisdictions.
Funds managed by Blackstone own Lombard International. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms with assets under management of over USD 350 billion.