Michèle Rodoni to become new CEO of la Mobilière
La Mobilière’s Board of Directors has named Michèle Rodoni (50) as future CEO – an appointment that emphasises continuity. Michèle Rodoni will take over from Markus Hongler (62), who has led la Mobilière successfully for ten years, from 1 January 2021.
Michèle Rodoni was chosen by the Board of Directors of Swiss Mobilière Holding Ltd. on 26 August 2020 as future CEO of Mobilière Group. Ms Rodoni has been a member of la Mobilière’s Executive Board since 2012. Initially, she successfully headed up the Life and Pensions division, before taking over the Market Management division in 2017 with its 80 general agencies throughout Switzerland and around 3,000 staff members. Michèle Rodoni herself says: “Together we will ensure that la Mobilière’s long-lasting success is maintained in a sustainable way, by consistently investing in future-oriented activities while at the same time cultivating our strong core business. We will remain dedicated to providing the best possible service to our customers at all times. I very much look forward to this new responsibility and I am convinced that we will jointly write new chapters in la Mobilière’s ongoing success story.”
Born in the canton of Ticino, Ms Rodoni graduated as an actuary from the University of Lausanne. She began her career at La Suisse insurance company before going on to gain international experience at companies including Swiss Life and the British insurer Aviva. In addition, she completed the Darden School of Business' Executive Program at the University of Virginia.
Urs Berger, Chairman of the Board of Directors:
“In-depth examination of various internal and external candidates”
In the words of Urs Berger, Chairman of the Board of Directors: “La Mobilière’s Board of Directors began dealing with the CEO succession issue at an early stage and conducted an in-depth examination of various internal and external candidates. I very pleased that Michèle Rodoni will take over at the helm of la Mobilière, as she has proved to be an extremely versatile and highly committed personality.” By choosing an internal candidate, the Board of Directors has also sent a clear signal regarding professional development possibilities within the Group.
Two top level changes at la Mobilière in 2021 and 2022
On 1 January 2021, Michèle Rodoni will take over the position of CEO from Markus Hongler, who had already in November 2019 announced his decision to step down as of the beginning of 2021.
In November 2019, Urs Berger announced that he would resign as Chairman of the Board of Directors of la Mobilière in the spring of 2022. The Board of Directors of Mobilière Cooperative decided to follow a two-step course regarding his succession. It intends to propose to la Mobilière’s Delegates' Assembly of May 2021 the election of Markus Hongler to the Board of Directors of Mobilière Cooperative. As of the same date, Markus Hongler is to be elected to the Board of Directors of Swiss Mobilière Holding Ltd. In spring 2022, the intention is to have Markus Hongler – after a cooling-off period of one-and-a-half years – assume the chairmanship of both bodies.