Andreas Bach (Young Leader 2013)
Head Europe, Middle East and Africa for Aviation, Marine and Credit and Surety Claims, Swiss Reinsurance Company
What do you like most about Switzerland?
The fact that the country is so diverse and still very well organized. I like the intact nature and that people are generally discreet and modest.
What do you like most about the USA?
People take great pride in their country and think big and bold.
What defines your leadership style?
I would describe it as "egalitarian" - I trust the colleagues I lead, giving them autonomy, predominantly caring about the big picture only. I believe that everybody can lead - it is situational. I hear that I am a good listener (pun intended).
Who inspires you?
People with a good heart who commit themselves to a noble, altruistic cause. Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, Cara Dingus Brook (YL 2013), or a friend of mine who works at a home for the elderly for instance.
What is your greatest achievement?
Whenever I made a positive difference to somebody's life.
Do you have any weaknesses?
Yes, I am generally quite impatient and have a tendency to expect too much of others.
Where do you live?
I live in Au, in the Canton of Zurich about 10 minutes by foot from the lake and a marvelous park adjacent to it - have a look!
What is your favorite place in the world?
One of the snowfields on Cathedral Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Canada where my wife promised to marry me.
What is the best book you ever read?
Maybe not the best, but definitely one of the most entertaining ones was A Week at the Airport, by Alain de Botton - a sheer "must" for every frequent traveler.
What is your goal in life?
To make the world a better place, if only just a little bit.
About Andreas Bach
Andreas is a Swiss Attorney-at-Law as well as a Chartered Insurer (ACII). As of January 2014, Andreas is Head Europe, Middle East and Africa for Aviation, Marine and Credit and Surety Claims with Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich. For the previous eight years, Andreas served as a Claims Manager and Claims Expert, predominantly in the field of marine and liability insurance. Within Swiss Re, Andreas lead the Marine Claims Network which spans the world in terms of responsibilities. During his legal clerkship, he worked in a district court in the Canton of Zurich involved in commercial, criminal, and family law matters, as well as debt enforcement. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as the company of friends. He is passionate about traveling, languages, and photography. He also takes great interest in the shipping and aviation industries.