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GB Life Luxembourg’s CEO, Pieter Coopmans, announces the appointment of Marc Stevens as Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer.

 

 

International Life Insurance is transforming fast: customer expectations, regulatory changes and technology developments are influencing the business models of distributors and insurance companies. GB Life Luxembourg’s vision is to make life insurance easier for partners and customers in this challenging environment. In this context, Marc Stevens’ appointment is another important step in delivering on this vision and accelerates the execution of GB Life Luxembourg’s growth strategy.

Marc Stevens has a long-standing international experience in the insurance industry. He has held various positions during his career, in particular as Sales and Marketing Manager for Ohra Leven/Delta Lloyd Life in Belgium, as General Manager of Vitis Life and most recently as CEO of OneLife Luxembourg.

“We are pleased to welcome Marc Stevens as a member of our Management Team. His experience in the cross-border life insurance business, specifically in our core markets, will support our growth ambition. With his track record in marketing, communication and digitalization he will play an important role in executing our new strategy”, stated Pieter Coopmans, CEO of GB Life Luxembourg.

The GB Life charity team is pleased to launch various fund-raising events. On this occasion, we are proud to support Movember.

We are doing this multinational charity aiming to raise awareness and money for men’s health focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Our team took part by growing their Moustache, and doing the Move this Movember challenge.

Join our movement by visiting our Mo space and donate.

Movember is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. They are addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Why men’s health?

The state of men’s health is in a crisis. Simply put, men are dying too young.

Gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men, this is not good news. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.

Moreover, suicide affects men more than women: three quarters of suicides are by men. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.

Learn more about Movember here

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(Lisbon and London) – Global Bankers Insurance Group, LLC (“Global Bankers”) and Novo Banco SA (“Novo Banco”) announce their intent to partner in a 20-year life bancassurance agreement in Portugal. As part of the transaction, Global Bankers will acquire via one of its European affiliates the entire share capital of GNB Vida, the wholly-owned life subsidiary of Novo Banco Group. Headquartered in Lisbon, GNB Vida offers protection, savings and retirement products distributed through Novo Banco in Portugal and reported EUR5.3bn in total assets as of December 2017.

Matteo Castelvetri, Managing Director of Europe for Global Bankers, said the transaction underscores Global Bankers’ entry in the Portuguese market through one of the largest bancassurance networks. “We are excited to partner with Novo Banco in a 20-year relationship,” he said. “We believe that the combination of Novo Banco’s strong franchise and market position together with our focus on new products and solutions will bring benefits to Novo Banco’s 1.3 million customers. This acquisition and partnership agreement further enhances the growth profile of Global Bankers in Europe.”

António Ramalho, Chief Executive Officer for Novo Banco, underscored the diligence untaken in the selection of a transaction partner. “The selection of Global Bankers to acquire our Life Insurance operation and as our partner in the distribution of financial insurance products was made through an open and transparent competitive process,” Mr. Ramalho said. “With Global Bankers we ensure an increase of our insurance capacity and take a decisive step forward in the redesign of the offer to our clients.”

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval and is expected to close by Q1 2019.

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Global Bankers Insurance Group, LLC is an international family of insurance and reinsurance companies, focused on life insurance and annuities. Global Bankers’ portfolio of insurance companies includes, amongst others, GB Life Luxembourg in Europe and Colorado Bankers Life Insurance Company in the United States. Global Bankers also has operations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Bermuda and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Global Bankers is a division of Eli Global, LLC. For further information, please visit www.globalbankers.com.

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Headquartered in Lisbon, Novo Banco is the 4th largest Portuguese bank with EUR51.5bn of assets. The bank operates through a network of 407 branches in Portugal and internationally. Novo Banco develops its business activities for the corporate and retail segments focused in the Portuguese market but not neglecting its Iberian nature. For more information, visit www.novobanco.pt.

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Global Bankers Insurance Group (“Global Bankers”) announced on 14th of June that one of its affiliates has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pramerica Life S.p.A. (“Pramerica”) from a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (“PFI”).

The Global Bankers affiliate acquiring Primerica Life S.p.A. is Bankers Insurance Holdings S.A. in Luxembourg, the holding entity of GB Life Luxembourg S.A. This reconfirms Luxembourg’s position as a European hub.

For more information, please see hereunder the press release from Global Bankers.

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(London, United Kingdom) – Global Bankers Insurance Group, LLC (“Global Bankers”) announced today that one of its European affiliates has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pramerica Life S.p.A. (“Pramerica”) from a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (“PFI”). Headquartered in Milan, Pramerica is an Italian insurance company focused on protection-oriented life insurance products with €1.1 billion of total assets as of 31 December 2017.

Matteo Castelvetri, Managing Director of Europe for Global Bankers, said that the acquisition marks Global Bankers’ entrance in the Italian insurance market, one of the most attractive in Europe. “We are proud to take over the legacy of PFI. We see a strong opportunity for profitable growth in Italy and Pramerica will be a key part of our strategy in Europe. We are delighted to welcome the Pramerica team to Global Bankers and look forward to working with its employees, Life Planners, banking partners and agency relationships to continue to secure the future needs of families across Italy.”

James Weakley, President of Europe, Latin America and India for PFI’s International Insurance business said, “We are pleased that, in Global Bankers, we found a buyer committed to the ongoing growth of Pramerica and the opportunities that it will provide to employees, associates, partners, and policyholders.” PFI will continue to be present in Italy through UBI Pramerica SGR, its asset management joint venture with UBI Banca.

Pramerica is Global Bankers’ fourth acquisition in Europe. The transaction is expected to close in six to nine months, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

A.T. Kearney, Ernst & Young and Legance are acting as advisors to Global Bankers in connection with this transaction. Clifford Chance and KPMG are acting as advisors to PFI.

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Global Bankers Insurance Group, LLC is an international family of insurance and reinsurance companies, focused on life insurance and annuities. Global Bankers’ portfolio of insurance companies includes, amongst others, GB Life Luxembourg in Europe and Colorado Bankers Life Insurance Company in the

United States. Global Bankers also has operations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Bermuda and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Global Bankers is a division of Eli Global, LLC. For further information, please visit www.globalbankers.com.

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Headquartered in Milan, Pramerica Life S.p.A. has been in operation since 1990 and sells its products mainly through the Life Planner® channel. Pramerica specializes in the life insurance market and offers innovative protection, retirement and savings solutions to families, individuals, small and medium business owners and professionals. Pramerica also distributes its products through indirect sales networks of insurance agents, brokers and banks. For more information, visit www.pramericagroup.it.

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PFI, a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. PFI’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., PFI’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit news.prudential.com.

Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States is not affiliated with Prudential plc. of the United Kingdom.

GB Life Luxembourg’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer (CLCO), Gaëlle Leclaire, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicoleta Glodean as Head of Legal.

 

 

In line with the company’s growth strategy which includes attracting new talents, Mrs. Glodean will contribute to achieving the company objectives by bringing more than 10 years of experience in the Legal department of a well-known company in Luxembourg with her.

CLCO, Gaëlle Leclaire, said: “I am delighted that Nicoleta Glodean joins GB Life Luxembourg. Nicoleta will play a leading role in the company as she will manage the Legal team and will be the main representative of the company in all communication with the regulators in our core markets. She will support the company’s wealth management activity with legal and tax advice while ensuring delivery on regulatory projects.”

Mrs. Glodean (Romanian, 39 years old) graduated with a Master degree in International Private Law and International Commerce and another Master in International Administration from the Université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne.

The GDPR – the Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation – has entered into force on May 25th 2018. You have probably already heard about it.

What is it?

The GDPR is a European regulation that aims to give citizens more control over their personal data, to make companies more responsible and to reinforce the role of local data protection authorities. The GDPR will apply directly in all member states to any organisation processing personal data, whether from its customers, its employees or even its service providers. It will update and modernise the previous rules in force dating back to 1995, as a result of globalisation and the emergence of new technologies over the last 20 years.

What does it mean for you?

Your privacy is very important to us. Our aim is to process your personal data in a manner that is lawful, appropriate and transparent. In our Privacy Notice, we explain which of your personal details we collect from you as a natural person, how they are processed and the purposes for which GB Life Luxembourg uses those data. The Privacy Notice also contains more information about your privacy rights and how you can exercise them. To know more about the Luxembourgish privacy legislation on the website of the Luxembourgish Data Protection Authority (CNPD), please visit www.cnpd.public.lu.

GB Life Luxembourg publishes its 2017 Solvency and Financial Condition Report (SFCR).

Read 2017 Solvency and Financial Condition Report

Pieter Coopmans, Chief Executive Officer, declares: “I am delighted to make available to our clients, business partners and other stakeholders our Solvency and Financial Condition Report for the year 2017, which was a pivot year for our Company, with the acquisition by an affiliate of Global Bankers Insurance Group and the rebranding into GB Life Luxembourg.  The Report highlights the changes that occurred subsequently to the change of ownership, in particular the appointment of a new Board of Directors and the strengthening of our Management Team and internal organization.  While the shareholder and the name of the Company have changed, the Report shows that the fundamentals of the Company – such as the robustness of the System of Governance, the Risk Profile and the Risk Appetite – have not.  Keeping in place the fundamentals that we inherited from our previous shareholders – ING Group and NN Group – and ensuring full compliance with the Solvency II regulation are the basis of our solvency and financial condition.”

Christophe Hucque, Chief Financial Officer, comments: “In addition, I am also pleased to share with our clients, business partners and other stakeholders that our solvency and financial condition improved in 2017.  This improvement is the result of a continuous, consistent and rigorous application of our financial and risk management best practices as well as a direct consequence of the change of ownership.  Our solvency ratio improved from 141% to 201% in 2017, thanks in particular to an injection of capital from the new shareholder.  Profitability was also restored in 2017, in spite of the operational and financial burden related to the change of ownership.  The 2016 financial performance was indeed materially impacted by de-risking measures taken on our long-term guarantee portfolio and I am pleased to see that our financials now benefit from these management actions.”

The Report has been prepared as required by Articles 51 to 56 of the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC) as amended by the Directive 2014/14/EU (the “Directive”) and Articles 290 to 302 of the Delegated Regulation 2015/35 (the “Delegated Regulation” or “DR”). It has been developed in accordance with the Solvency II Regulations governing insurance group reporting, and is solely intended to fulfill the requirements thereof.

Marc Stevens

Chief Marketing & Distribution Officer (CMDO)

Marc Stevens has extended experience in international insurance industry. Before taking on the role of Director of Marketing and Distribution at GB Life Luxembourg in November 2018, he worked for ABB Insurances and OHRA Leven (Delta Lloyd Life) where he was Commercial Director. Following that, he was General Manager at VITIS LIFE and then CEO of OneLife Luxembourg. He is a visiting professor for the Master’s in Personal Financial Planning course at the Management School of the University of Antwerp. Marc holds a Master’s degree in criminology from the Catholic University of Louvain and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Business School of the University of Antwerp.

Adam Joseph

Chief Actuary Officer (CAO)

15 years of experience in the financial services industry include roles in asset management, actuarial consulting, risk management, and corporate M&A. Adam Joseph joined GB Life Luxembourg in January 2018 to serve as Chief Actuary Officer. Adam started his career in asset management and corporate finance research.  Since 2007, Adam has been intricately involved in Solvency II – from supporting the technical and strategic Solvency II papers/activities of the CRO Forum, to playing a key role in the transition of ING/NN Group’s economic framework to a Solvency II risk and capital framework.  In his last role, Adam worked in NN Group’s Corporate Finance as a Principal for the group’s Corporate M&A. Adam graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa in 2001.

José Bustillo

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

José Bustillo has a long-standing experience in managing and auditing complex and large projects in back-office operations environments. He joined GB Life Luxembourg in 2017 as Chief Operation Officer after more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry among others with Euroclear. Prior to joining GB Life Management Team, José was a partner with a risk management specialized consultancy firm, now part of McKinsey & Company. His main focus was on Solvency II. José holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Gaëlle Leclaire

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer (CLCO)

Gaëlle Leclaire has 20 years of experience in the life insurance sector. She started her career as a financial auditor in France before moving to Luxembourg. She has previously worked for Mazars, PWC and ABN AMRO Life S.A.. She joined GB Life Luxembourg in 2008 and joined the Board in 2009 as CFO. She took over the position of COO in 2015, where she was also responsible for Product Management. In 2017, she recently took over the position of Chief Legal and Compliance Officer within GB Life Luxembourg. Gaëlle is graduated from a Business School and has professional certification in Accountancy and Finance.

Will Romero

Head of Risk & Strategy, Global Bankers

Will has served in leadership positions at Financial Guaranty, Benfield, Swiss RE, Ernst & Young and New York Life. Most recently, he created Factor Re, a low cost and efficient financing vehicle for the embedded value in life insurance blocks. Will holds a B.A. with honors from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Colorado, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

Matteo Castelvetri

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Europe, Global Bankers

Matteo joined Global Bankers Insurance Group after spending 19 years in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. As a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Financial Institution Group, he led the European Insurance effort and held primary coverage responsibility for several European large cap insurers. He has advised on over 50 transactions and has originated and executed some of the most prominent insurance M&A events, restructuring and IPOs in Europe. Matteo started his career at Goldman Sachs as a government bond and distressed debt investor first and then as an advisor to banks and insurers. He received a summa cum laude Bachelor Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Classical Guitar.

George Luecke

Vice Chairman & Co-CEO, Global Bankers

George has over twenty years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries, in executive roles spanning Finance, Strategy, Corporate Development/M&A, Investments, Enterprise Risk Management, Treasury, Investor Relations and Law. He has held leadership positions at large, global firms such as MetLife and was a founding member of the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America. In addition to operating experience, he has been involved in over $50 billion of closed M&A and financing transactions. George began his career as a corporate attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. He earned a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Management/Finance with honors from Binghamton University. He lives in Morrisville, North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Victor Rod

Chairman of the Board

Victor Rod earned a law degree at University of Nancy (France) in 1973. After a short period as an attorney at the Luxembourg bar, he served as secretary general of the Luxembourg insurance companies association (ACA).

In 1980 he was appointed first full time director of the Luxembourg insurance supervisory authority (Commissariat aux assurances). He has been the longest serving head of an insurance supervisor in Europe until his retirement on 31.12.2014

Victor served as Alternate Chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) headquartered in Frankfurt since its inception until his retirement.(2010 – 2014)

He was also Luxembourg’s delegate at European Insurance and Occupational Pension Committee (EIOPC) in Brussels and a member of the executive committee of the global standard setter in insurance matters International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) in Basel.

Victor served as a chairman of a Luxembourg Bank for 25 years. In addition to serving as chairman and independent director of GBLife, Victor is sitting on the board of a large domestic retail insurance company and he has a 20 years experience as a non-executive board member of World’s largest satellite operator.

Since 2015, Victor serves as Of Counsel with Luxembourg’s largest independent law firm Arendt & Medernach (A & M) where he mainly advises on insurance and reinsurance legal, regulatory and technical matters.

Christophe Hucque

Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Christophe Hucque has an extensive experience in the insurance domain. Christophe joined GB Life Luxembourg (formerly ING Life Luxembourg) in 2000 as Actuary. Since 2006, he has covered several leading position within GB Life Luxembourg. He joined the Management Team in 2006 as CFO/CRO. Between 2007 and 2009, he combined the CFO position for both ING Life Luxembourg and ING Variable Annuities Europe (The Hague, NL), dealing with the Europe-wide roll-out of the Variable Annuities product suite. Christophe moved to the COO position in 2009 where he was also responsible for Product Management and the commercial relationship with ING Bank. He has been back in the CFO position since 2015, also responsible for Risk between 2015 and 2017. Christophe holds several degrees in Mathematics and in Actuarial Sciences.

Pieter Coopmans

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GB Life Luxembourg

Pieter Coopmans has over 20 years of experience in the insurance and banking industries, in different leadership positions. Before joining GB Life Luxembourg in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and Dirigeant Agréé, he held management/executive roles in leading financial service providers such as NN Group, Zurich Financial Services, SNS Reaal and ING Group. Pieter has played a key role in the disentanglement and rebranding process of GB Life from the ING/NN Group and the repositioning of the company in the cross border life insurance space. Under his responsibility, the leadership team prepared and executed the sale of GB Life to an affiliate of Global Bankers Insurance Group in 2017. Pieter holds a Bachelor in BA from European University and a Master in BA from Nyenrode University in Breukelen.