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Talanx Group mourns the passing of Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl, long-serving Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Supervisory Board

The Talanx Group is mourning its long-time Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl, who passed away last week at the age of 78.


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Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl served as Chairman of the Board of Management of HDI V.a.G. from 1993 to 2006 and Chief Executive Officer of Talanx AG from 2000 to 2006. In 2006 he became Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of HDI V.a.G. and Talanx AG until stepping down in 2018. A fully qualified lawyer, he was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Hannover Rück SE from 1993 onwards, which he chaired until 2009. He had previously served as Chief Executive Officer of AMB Aachener und Münchener Beteiligungs-Aktiengesellschaft until 1993.

As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl led HDI Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit with courage and foresight through its evolution from a mid-sized player into an international insurance group. The expansion of HDI Global SE into a leading industrial insurer, the development of our international retail business by HDI International AG, the acquisition of the Gerling Group in 2006 and the going public of both Talanx AG in 2012 and Hannover Rück SE in 1994 were major milestones. Premium income grew from EUR 3.7 billion to roughly EUR 20 billion by 2006 (2020: EUR 41 billion). The Group moved up the ranking of German insurance groups from number 8 to number 3.

Herbert K. Haas, the current Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Talanx AG and HDI V.a.G., praised Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl for his prominent role in shaping the German insurance industry. "Long-term, forward-looking action, the courage to take on challenging risks, creativity combined with robust assertiveness, as well as a keen intellect coupled with a very straightforward and human manner – these were the qualities that set him apart. He will be deeply missed."

The Supervisory Board, Board of Management and all employees of the Talanx Group would like to express their deepest condolences to his wife and family.


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