Thomas Buberl
Buberl in 2021
Born (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 51)
Cologne, West Germany (now Germany)
TitleCEO, Axa
PredecessorHenri de Castries
Board member of

Thomas Buberl (born 24 March 1973)[citation needed] is a German businessman who has been the CEO of Axa since 2016.

Early life

Buberl was born on 24 March 1973 in Cologne, Germany.[citation needed] He earned a business degree from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany), an MBA from Lancaster University (UK), and a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).[1]



In 2012, Buberl joined Axa as chief executive officer of AXA Konzern AG in Germany and became a member of the Axa executive committee. In March 2015, he became CEO of Axa's global health business line and a member of the Axa's management committee.[2]

In January 2016, Buberl was also appointed CEO of the global business line, life & savings. From March to August 2016, he was deputy CEO of Axa Group.[citation needed]

Buberl became CEO and a member of the board of directors in September 2016, when Denis Duverne was made chairman (the two roles were separated when Henri de Castries left the company on this date).[3][4][5] Under his leadership, Axa bought XL, for 12.4 billion in 2018 as part of a shift towards casualty and property insurance.[6]

In 2019, Buberl became one of the founding members of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI), a group convened by Michael R. Bloomberg to help facilitate the private financing objectives included in the Paris Agreement.[7]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations


In 2008, Buberl was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum.[20] In July 2019, he became a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.


  1. ^ "List of Public Companies Worldwide, Letter - Businessweek - Businessweek". Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ Michael Stothard and Oliver Ralph (21 March 2016), Incoming Axa chief Thomas Buberl to focus on digital transformation Financial Times.
  3. ^ "Axa CEO Henri De Castries To Retire; Names Thomas Buberl CEO - Quick Facts". 21 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Henri de Castries va laisser sa place à l'Allemand Thomas Buberl à la tête d'AXA". Les Echos. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Thomas Buberl, l'exception culturelle allemande d'Axa". Le Monde. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  6. ^ David Keohane and Oliver Ralph (21 February 2019), Axa profits drop after natural disasters and costs of US float Financial Times.
  7. ^ Bloomberg Announces Founding Members of New Climate Finance Leadership Initiative Bloomberg, press release of 17 January 2019
  8. ^ IBM Elects Thomas Buberl to its Board of Directors IBM, press release of 12 November 2019.
  9. ^ Supervisory Board Bertelsmann.
  10. ^ European Advisory Panel Temasek Holdings.
  11. ^ Board of Directors Institut de la Finance Durable (IFD).
  12. ^ World Economic Forum Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees World Economic Forum, press release of 2 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Axa-Chef Thomas Buberl neu im Kuratorium". Neue Westfälische (in German). 7 October 2015. p. 13.
  14. ^ Board of Trustees Baden-Badener Unternehmer-Gespräche (BBUG).
  15. ^ International Advisory Council Bocconi University.
  16. ^ Business Forum Free Democratic Party (FDP).
  17. ^ Board Geneva Association.
  18. ^ Board Institute of International Finance (IIF).
  19. ^ [1] St. Galler Stiftung für internationale Studien .
  20. ^ Thomas Buberl bio, World Economic Forum
Business positions Preceded byHenri de Castries CEO of Axa 2016- Succeeded byCurrently