Thomas Helbling

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Thomas Helbling (born 1961) is a Swiss lawyer. In 2017 he became the CEO of the Swiss Insurance Association.

Thomas Helbling graduated as a lawyer from the universities of Bern and London (LLM). He worked in this profession until 1998 when he became the personal adviser of the then Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi and his successor, Federal Councillor Samuel Schmid. In 2001 Thomas Helbling took charge of the project management for the joint Swiss-Austrian bid to host the UEFA Euro 2008.

He stepped down from this committee by late 2002 to head the Public Affairs business area at the private insurance company Swiss Life. At the same time Thomas Helbling became a member of the supervisory board of the Swiss Football Association where he was in charge of security issues. In this function, he worked actively to tighten the anti-hooligan legislation.

When the then Swiss Vice-Chancellor Corina Casanova became Federal Chancellor in the 2008 election, Thomas Helbling was appointed Vice Chancellor of the Swiss Confederation by the Swiss Federal Council as of 1 June 2008. In this function, he was in charge of 115 staff members, overseeing the Federal Council sector of the Swiss Chancellery, which looks after planning and managing the official Federal Council's meetings, the Legal Section, the Official Publications Center and the Central Language Services.

Thomas Helbling joined the Swiss liberal party FDP in 1990.