Corporate Governance and Compensation Report

Board of Directors

VZ Holding Ltd’s Board of Directors is responsible for the ultimate direction of the Group and for the supervision and control of the Group Executive Board. It appoints and monitors the members of the Group Executive Board and periodically revises and signs off the Group’s strategy. It issues the necessary directives and guidelines and
determines the Group’s organisation and risk policy.

Fred Kindle

born 1959
Chairman, head compensation committee, elected until 2023

Roland Iff

born 1961
Vice-Chairman, head risk & audit committee, elected until 2023

Dr. Albrecht Langhart

born 1961
Member risk & audit committee, elected until 2023

Roland Ledergerber

born 1961
Member compensation committee, elected until 2023

Olivier de Perregaux

born 1965
Member risk & audit committee, elected until 2023

Group Executive Board

The Executive Board of VZ Group is responsible for the management of the entire company. Together with the Board of Directors it is responsible for developing the business strategy of VZ Group. It discusses the focus of the subsidiary companies and of the business units in terms of strategy, corporate culture and business philosophy as well as interdepartmental projects of a personnel, risk policy or market profile nature.

Matthias Reinhart

born 1960
Chairman of the Executive Board

Giulio Vitarelli

born 1971
Managing Director VZ VermögensZentrum (Switzerland)

Thomas Schönbucher

born 1973
Deputy CEO of VZ VermögensZentrum (Switzerland)

Philipp Heer

born 1984
Managing Director for Private Insurance and Bern, Central and Southern Switzerland Region

Tom Friess

born 1968
Managing Director VZ VermögensZentrum Bank AG (Germany)

Marc Weber

born 1976
Managing Director VZ Depository Bank

Manuel Rütsche

born 1984
Head Asset Management VZ Depository Bank

Lorenz Heim

born 1968
Managing Director HypothekenZentrum

Simon Tellenbach

born 1983
Director for Corporate Clients

Rafael Pfaffen

born 1977
Chief Financial Officer

Share capital

VZ Holding AG’s share capital amounts to CHF 2 million, divided into 40'000'000 fully paid-up registred shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.05 each.

There are no shareholder pooling agreements. There are no cross-shareholdings and other corporations. Each registred share entitles its holder to one vote at the shareholders' meetings.

Major shareholders on 31 December 2021  
Matthias Reinhart (directly and indirectly) 61,07%
Members of the Board of Directors1 1,47%
Other members of the Executive Board1 1,88%
VZ employees2 3,48%
Treasury shares 1,55%
Free float / remainder 30,55%


1 Without related parties.

2 All shares of employees that are registered in the share register are reported.


Duration of the mandate and term of office of the head auditor

The shareholders’ meeting held on 12 April 2021 elected PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as external auditor of VZ Holding and VZ Group for the 2021 financial year. PwC has held this mandate since 2012, and Beat Rütsche has been the head auditor since 2019. He assumed the mandate in 2019 and may exercise it for another four years before the legally required rotation is due.

Auditing fee

PwC charged revision fees of TCHF 678 (2020: TCHF 629) for the financial and regulatory review in the financial year 2021.

Additional fees

In 2021, PwC supported VZ Group in the implementation of regulatory requirements. Fees of TCHF 15 were charged for this service (2020: TCHF 7); representing 2.2 per cent of the audit fee. This additional service does not cause any conflicts of interest and is compatible with the audit tasks.

Our values and objectives

VZ Group’s Code of Conduct describes the values, objectives and behaviour that serve as a guideline for all employees within the group.

Code of Conduct for VZ employees (PDF)

Articles of association

The structure of VZ Group’s organisation is governed by the articles of association

Articles of association (PDF)

Compensation report

The compensation report provides information about VZ Group’s guiding principles and responsibilities for compensation. In addition, the individual components of the compensation of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Board are described in detail, as stipulated by Art. 14–16 of the Swiss Ordinance Against Excessive Remuneration at Listed Stock Corporations [Verordnung gegen übermässige Vergütungen bei börsenkotierten Aktiengesellschaften ("VegüV")]. The compensation charts have been reviewed by the Auditors.

The information in the compensation report is based on the articles of association and regulations of VZ Holding Ltd and on the VegüV. In addition, it complies with the recommendations of SIX’s corporate governance directive and of Economiesuisse’s "Swiss Code of Best Practice".

Compensation report 2021 (PDF)

Sustainability report

We take our environmental and social responsibility seriously and consider sustainability aspects in all important decisions. 

Read in this report where VZ stands today in terms of sustainability and where we were able to improve last year. The report contains information on the topics of financial investment, responsible corporate governance, social commitment, responsibility as an employer and environmental responsibility.

Read the Sustainability Report 2021
Download the Sustainability Report (PDF)

Risk Management

An impeccable reputation among clients, investors, creditors, government agencies, business partners and the public is VZ Group’s most valuable asset. Managing risks effectively contributes greatly to this reputation. Therefore, the correct assessment, the careful and conscious handling and the systematic monitoring of all important risks is crucial for the the company’s long-term success. No business activity is free of risks, and financial institutions active in the balance sheet business are exposed to particularly high risks. VZ Group avoids activities with an unfavourable risk/return ratio and enters a business field only if it has the human and technical resources to adequately control the risks.

Risk Management 2021 (PDF)