How Sanitas is organised

The Sanitas Group is one of the leading health insurance companies in Switzerland. Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation) was founded in 1958 with the aim of providing insurance for the economic consequences of illness, accident, maternity, disability and death.

Sanitas comprises Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation), Sanitas Beteiligungen AG (holding company) and three operational companies limited by shares. Of these three companies, two are responsible for mandatory basic health insurance business pursuant to KVG/LAMal (Sanitas Grundversicherungen AG and Compact Grundversicherungen AG) and one for supplementary health insurance business pursuant to VVG/LCA (Sanitas Privatversicherungen AG).  

Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation) holds the entire shares of Sanitas Beteiligungen AG (holding company), which for its part holds the entire shares of the operational companies. Sanitas Beteiligungen AG (holding company) has various shareholdings in addition to these, including a 50 per cent interest in Sanacare AG, a company specialising in managed care models. None of the shares of the above-mentioned companies are traded on the stock exchange.

In its desire to act as a corporate role model, Sanitas has professionalised and strengthened the governance of the Sanitas Group in areas including transparency, independence and integrated risk management. It pays particular attention to personal independence. Accordingly, every member of the board of trustees and board of directors must issue a public declaration stating his or her independence of any other organisation or company.

Corporate structure

Foundation board

Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation) holds the entire shares of Sanitas Beteiligungen AG (holding company). The Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation) board of trustees currently comprises 16 members. Supreme oversight is exercised by the Sanitas Group with whom responsibility lies for the company’s mission statement and corporate policies. Members of the board of trustees are elected for a term of one year.

More information on the foundation

 

Members of the Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation) board of trustees

Prof. em. Dr. Felix Gutzwiller
Chairman since 2015,
member since 2000

 

Nadine Balkanyi-Nordmann
Member since 2013*
Otto Bitterli
Member since 2017*
Peter Burkard
Member since 2004
Ueli Dietiker
Member since 2008*
Joachim Eder
Member since 2015
Dr. Ivo Furrer
Member since 2012*
Dr. Patrick R. Gschwend
Member since 2004
Jürg Hafner
Member since 2004
Prof. Dr. Dominique Jakob
Member since 2017

Dr. Ralph Jeitziner
Member since 1999

Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler
Member since 2015
Manfred Manser
Member since 2015
Dr. Andreas Schönenberger 
Member since 2015*
Dr. Luca Stäger
Member since 2015*
Monika Walser
Member since 2013*

*Member of the Sanitas board of directors

Professor Dr. René Beneš, honorary president of the Sanitas board of trustees
Klaus Freitag, honorary president of the Sanitas board of trustees
Kurt Wilhelm, honorary president of the Sanitas board of trustees

Board of directors

As of 1 January 2017 the board of directors of Sanitas Beteiligungen AG (holding company) has been identical with the board of directors of the operational companies Sanitas Grundversicherungen AG, Compact Grundversicherungen AG and Sanitas Privatversicherungen AG, comprising seven members. Members of the board of directors of Sanitas companies are automatically also members of the Sanitas Krankenversicherung (foundation) board of trustees. Individual members of the board of directors of the Sanitas companies are recruited on a competency basis. The powers and responsibilities of the board of directors of the Sanitas companies span strategic management, appointing and supervising the executive board and approving the annual report and financial statements. Members of the board of directors of the Sanitas companies are elected for a term of one year.

The board of directors of the Sanitas companies has established three committees from among its members: the Nomination & Compensation Committee, the Audit Committee and the Business Development Committee.

The Nomination and Compensation Committee (president: Otto Bitterli) prepares matters of company business to be decided upon by the full board of directors and proposes motions where necessary regarding the definition of the recruitment and evaluation processes of the board of directors, CEO and executive board; annual performance appraisal of the CEO; preparation and annual review of the remuneration model; and staff and successor planning.

The Audit Committee (president: Ueli Dietiker) prepares matters of company business to be decided upon by the full board of directors and proposes motions regarding accounting, equity management, financial control and financial planning, consolidated financial statements of the Sanitas Group, budgeting, investment strategy and investment regulations, corporate governance, risk management, data protection and information security policy as well as assessing the effectiveness of the control systems and risk management. The Audit Committee also fulfils the following tasks independently: management of the internal audit and co-operation with external auditors.

The Business Development Committee (chaired by Otto Bitterli) prepares the business to be decided by the full board of directors and where necessary proposes motions regarding all matters relating to the digitisation of the Sanitas Group.

Members of the board of directors of the Sanitas companies Sanitas Beteiligungen AG (holding company), Sanitas Grundversicherungen AG, Compact Grundversicherungen AG and Sanitas Privatversicherungen AG:

 

Otto Bitterli
Chairman since 2017

 

Nadine Balkanyi-Nordmann
Member since 2013

Ueli Dietiker
Member since 2008

Dr. Ivo Furrer
Member since 2012


Dr. Andreas Schönenberger
Member since 2015


Dr. Luca Stäger
Member since 2015

 

 


Monika Walser
Member since 2013

 

 

 

 

Executive board

As of 1 January 2017, the executive board of Sanitas Grundversicherungen AG, Compact Grundversicherungen AG and Sanitas Privatversicherungen AG has been identical.

Chaired by the CEO, the executive board is responsible for managing the companies. It implements the strategy of the board of directors and ensures the target-oriented management and development of the Sanitas Group. The executive board is appointed by the board of directors and currently comprises six members. No member of the executive board is a member of the board of directors of the operational companies.

Members of the executive board of the Sanitas companies Sanitas Grundversicherungen AG, Compact Grundversicherungen AG and Sanitas Privatversicherungen AG:

Max Schönholzer
CEO since 2017, member since 2017

 

 

Dr. Gabor P. Blechta
Risk Management & Compliance, member since 2015

 

 

Emanuele Diquattro
Sales & Marketing, member since 2012

 


Christof Gerber
Products, member since 2011
Lukas Vogt
Business Development, member since 2015
Wolfgang Wandhoven
Finance, member since 2013
Alex Friedl
Claims & Customer Service, member since 2017
   
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