Definition of powers of authorization
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the ultimate direction of the company and the supervision and oversight of Bellevue Group. It passes and periodically revises company strategy, issues directives and guidelines as necessary and determines Bellevue Group’s organizational structure and risk policies. It also receives reports about the existence, appropriateness and effectiveness of the internal control system. It supervises and monitors persons entrusted with executive management duties. The Board of Directors is responsible for appointing and dismissing the CEO. It approves the appointment, promotion, and dismissal of Bellevue Group’s senior management. Furthermore, it performs the duties assigned to it by law (Art. 716a CO). The delegation of powers between the Board of Directors, its committees, the CEO and the Group Executive Board is specified in Bellevue Group’s regulations. The competencies of the Board of Directors include the purchase and disposal of shareholdings, the establishment of group subsidiaries and regional offices, securing loans, issuing bonds as well as granting credit above certain limits. Investment plans and other decisions having an impact on cash flows must likewise be approved by the Board of Directors above a certain threshold.
Group Executive Board
The Group Executive Board is Bellevue Group’s executive body and reports to the Board of Directors. It is responsible for all Group issues that do not expressly fall within the remit of the Board of Directors of Bellevue Group AG or of a Group company according to legislation, the Articles of Association or the internal rules and regulations. It functions as a committee and all decisions have to be reached by the entire body. It is responsible, in particular, for developing a Group-wide business strategy for presentation to the Board of Directors, implementing the decisions reached by the Board of Directors within the Group, monitoring the execution of these decisions, and managing and supervising Bellevue Group’s everyday operations, which must be effected within the scope of the financial plan, annual objectives, annual budget and risk policy and in accordance with the other regulations and instructions issued by the Board of Directors. It is responsible for ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements as well as applicable industry standards.
Its responsibilities also include drawing up and application of the annual budget and defining annual targets for Bellevue Group. The Group Executive Board is responsible for issuing rules and regulations relating to the implementation of the risk policy, i.e. governing the basic aspects of risk responsibility, risk management and risk control. It reports to the Board of Directors and the ARC about the existence, appropriateness and effectiveness of the internal controls and issues corresponding directives as necessary. It is responsible for issuing directives regarding compliance. Its competencies include granting loans in accordance with the powers of authorization defined in the internal rules and regulations as well as entering proprietary trading positions within the defined limits. The Group Executive Board can delegate the permissible limits to the competent divisions and units within Bellevue Group.