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Markus Hongler was born on 15 September 1957 in Lucerne. He is married and has two adult children. Markus Hongler learnt the basics of insurance at la Mobilière's General Agency in Lucerne. After four years at La Genevoise in Geneva, he joined Zurich Insurance Group in 1983, where he subsequently held various management positions in Switzerland and abroad. From 1997 to 2001, he was a member of the Executive Management Team of Zurich Switzerland, after which he served as CEO of Zurich Global Corporate in Europe until 2005. In 2006 he was appointed CEO Zurich Switzerland, and in 2008 promoted to CEO Zurich Western Europe and Member of the Group Management Board, remaining in this position until 2011. Markus Hongler was CEO of la Mobilière from 26 May 2011 until 31 December 2020. He is also Vice-President of the Swiss Insurance Association and member of the Board of Directors of Eurapco AG and of Luzerner Kantonalbank. Since 1 January 2020 he has also been President of the Board of Trustees of Lucerne Festival and member of the Board of Trustees of Zoo Zürich. He likes spending his spare time best in the company of his family and enjoys art, classical music, hiking and travelling.