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Christian Leder

Group Director Risk & Insurance Management, Gate Group

Christian’s career has been completely developed within the insurance industry. From 1990 to 2000, Christian worked at Winterthur International Insurance (today XL) in various areas such as Advisory Centre Non-life Insurance, Product Development Non-life Insurance and Underwriting in Casualty, Motor & Assistance for global companies. He then joined the Group Risk Management team at Rieter International Management AG. This position was followed by a position at Zurich Insurance/Financial Services where he gained insight into the “Brokers’ world”, working within Distribution Management to enhance entry point and related services for insurance brokers.

On March 1, 2004, Christian joined Gate Gourmet as the new Group Director Risk Management & Insurance, establishing and developing this function after the bankruptcy of Swissair. Since then, Christian has continuously enhanced the maturity level of the group-wide risk management framework including Corporate insurance. As the project owner for a group-wide pandemic business continuity plan in 2007/8, Christian gained a deep understanding of supply chain bottlenecks and operational exposures which served to help and support operational compliance teams in their daily work. His ability to identify workflow and structure challenges allowed him to provide active and informed support to various M&A projects during the acquisition phase of Gate Gourmet as it became gategroup in 2009 and was subsequently listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange. In 2009 Christian was assigned to augment the Enterprise Risk Management framework requiring him to conduct Strategic Risk Assessments at various levels of the organization. This provided him with additional insight into the importance of various M&A framework elements. Christian has supported approximately 25 Due Diligence projects, from DD through transition to incorporation under gategroup.

Christian has a Bachelor in Integrated Risk Management and participates in continuing studies in the areas of insurance management. Christian is a Swiss citizen. He is married and has one daughter.