La Mobilière CEO Michèle Rodoni joins Ringier AG’s Board of Directors

At the General Assembly held on 24 March 2022, Ringier shareholders unanimously voted in Michèle Rodoni, CEO of la Mobilière, as a new member of the Ringier AG Board of Directors. She will succeed Markus Hongler, who held a seat on Ringier’s top decision-making committee as the former CEO of la Mobilière, which acquired a 25% share in Ringier AG in February 2020. As a minority shareholder, the insurance company has two seats on Ringier’s Board of Directors. Urs Berger, Chair of the Board at la Mobilière, will retain his position occupying the second la Mobilière seat.

Michèle Rodoni was appointed CEO of the oldest private insurance company in Switzerland in August 2020. Born in Geneva with roots in Ticino, she has been part of the management team at la Mobilière since 2012. She has a successful track record managing the pensions division and was responsible for overseeing the Management market segment, which includes 80 general agencies across Switzerland and roughly 3,000 employees.

Michael Ringier, publisher and Chair of Ringier’s Board of Directors, commented: «I’d like to congratulate Michèle Rodoni on the voting results. We’re looking forward to working with her and her extensive expertise. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I’d also like to thank Markus Hongler for his hard work and dedication over the past two years. Markus Hongler played a pivotal role in making our partnership possible in the first place. Thanks to la Mobilière’s long-term support, Ringier is in a position to efficiently implement its strategy to consistently invest in digital marketplaces, independent journalism and cutting-edge technologies.»

Michèle Rodoni had this to say: «I’m looking forward to working with Ringier’s Board of Directors. Ringier and la Mobilière are both examples of Swiss companies that have already made major progress on their digital transformations. I’m looking forward to playing an active role on this committee.»

Ringier AG’s Board of Directors has nine members in total: Chair of the Board of Directors Michael Ringier, Vice President Uli Sigg, as well as Claudio Cisullo, Lukas Gähwiler, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Urs Berger, Laura Rudas, Roman Bargezi and Michèle Rodoni.

The Ringier family, together with CEO Marc Walder, holds a 75% majority stake in the Ringier Group.

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications

Mobilière Group

Every third household and every third company in Switzerland is insured by la Mobilière. Active in all lines of insurance, the Swiss insurance company la Mobilière had an annual premium volume of roughly CHF 4.3 billion as at 31 December 2021. Eighty entrepreneurially run general agencies with their own claims service at around 160 locations guarantee proximity to over 2.2 million customers. The insurance group under the umbrella organisation Mobilière Holding Ltd. includes Mobilière Insurance Company Ltd. domiciled in Berne, Mobilière Life Insurance Company Ltd. domiciled in Nyon, Mobilière Asset Management Ltd., Protekta Legal Protection Insurance Ltd., Mobilière Services Ltd., all domiciled in Berne, as well as Trianon SA, domiciled in Nyon, SC, SwissCaution SA, domiciled in Nyon, and bexio AG, domiciled in Rapperswil. Also part of Mobilière Group are Protekta Risk-Consulting Ltd., Mobi24 Ltd., XpertCenter Ltd., Flatfox AG, Buildigo Ltd. and Lightbird Ventures Ltd., all domiciled in Berne, as well as Companjon, with headquarters in Dublin and Düsseldorf. 

La Mobilière has around 6,000 employees in its home markets of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein and provides 330 positions for trainees. La Mobilière, founded in 1826 as a cooperative, is Switzerland’s oldest private insurance company. The Board of Directors of Mobilière Cooperative has ensured that the cooperative principles of the Group are upheld to this day.