ParaLife Group

Rolf Hüppi – Founder, Chairman & CEO

Rolf Hüppi joined Zurich Insurance Group in 1963 and held numerous leadership positions during his career, across India, the United States, and Switzerland, building Zurich’s global business, and culminating in his appointment to CEO and Chairman of the Group in 1991 and 1995 respectively. He initiated the formation of ParaLife in 2006.

Jon Bardola – Chief Financial Officer

Jon held various senior executive positions at Union Reinsurance, Zurich Insurance and Tillinghast (today Willis Towers Watson). Today, he supports various companies on a consultancy basis. He is a qualified actuary and member of the Swiss Association of Actuaries (SAA). He holds a MSc in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

Walter Letsch – Chief Actuary

Walter has worked for Zurich Insurance Group in managerial and actuarial functions in Switzerland, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. He is a qualified actuary and member of the Swiss Association of Actuaries (SAA and IAA). He holds an MSc from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and an MA from the University of Zurich.


Johanna Contreras – CEO ParaLife Colombia

Before joining ParaLife, Johanna worked in sales & marketing with market responsibility, at La Equidad Seguros and Compania Suramericana de Seguros.
She has studied business administration and holds a degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota.


Gabriel Monterrubio – Co-Founder, Chairman ParaLife Mexico

While working in the insurance industry, at Grupo SEP, as a Mexican insurance broker, and as a Principal Internacional, Gabriel has dedicated time to various roles as member of Boards, Trusts or Associations, mainly in the insurance and investment industry of Mexico. He holds a degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Martin Meier – CEO ParaLife Mexico

Martin, who holds degrees in Engineering and Business Administration from the Universities of Lausanne and Basel, has held various senior and executive-management roles in sales & marketing with country responsibilities across Latin America, and Spain and Australia. He worked at Georg Fischer, Zurich Insurance Group, Daimler Chrysler and Mexican Insurance Broker LM&S.

Claudio Gambacciani – COO ParaLife Mexico

Claudio holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has spent his entire career in the insurance industry working for Swiss Re, Zurich Insurance Company and its reinsurance spin-off Converium.


Ben Song – CEO ParaLife China

Ben earned his MBA degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and has dedicated his career to consumer financial services and insurance in China. In 2007, he founded LZ Assist that provides medical and general insurance management services and manages extensive warranty related maintenance and service networks as well as medical-services networks.