Year in review 2012

The Allianz year 2012 in keywords

Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region
Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region

Integration of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands / Combination of complementary strengths in local markets / Expansion of market position by joint investments in services for customers and distribution partners / Robert Franssen to lead integration and to become Regional CEO Allianz Benelux

Michael Diekmann, CEO
Europe 2022

In these months policy decisions are taken in Europe under the dark shadow of the sovereign debt crisis. The short-term policy decisions need to be compatible with long-term goals. They should be guided by a clear target picture for the EU and the euro in 2022.

Allianz presents seven pillars for the future of Europe
Allianz presents seven pillars for the future of Europe

Flaws in the present euro framework must be eliminated / European integration and unity must be elevated to a new level / Reforms and structural changes key to getting Europe back on track

"Image crises can have a long term adverse effect on the value of a company"
"Image crises can have a long term adverse effect on the value of a company"

"It takes twenty years to establish a good reputation - and five minutes to destroy it." In the era of social media, this statement made by investment guru Warren Buffet is truer than ever. How can companies manage their reputations - and how can an insurance company contribute? Joachim Albers from the industrial insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty provides some answers. There he is responsible for Financial Lines product development, which has recently begun offering "Reputation Protection Insurance".

Losses from natural catastrophes
When the government has to fix everything once again

Natural catastrophes like hurricane Sandy are enough of an existential peril as it is. But the public sector is increasing the risk even further by making the wrong insurance commitments.

Allianz Chief Risk Officer Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson "Risk management is a culture, not a cult"

For nearly 5 years, Allianz Chief Risk Officer Tom Wilson has helped Allianz navigate through the financial crisis, hurricane seasons and the growth in regulation. In an interview with allianz.com, Wilson discusses his philosophy as a risk manager, and how that forms a core function of the Allianz approach to risk.

Dr. Axel Theis, CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
After the storm: major, but invisible damage

Hurricane Sandy brought life in New York to a standstill. Sitting in front of our television screens, we all became witness to how vulnerable modern society is to natural catastrophes. Wall Street was submerged in water, Manhattan's subways were flooded and airports were closed. Thousands of homes and businesses were left with no electricity or heating for days on end and sustained considerable damage.

Helga Jung, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE
Independent ratings help companies in their development

Allianz achieved a top ranking among the most transparent multinational companies. Transparency International ranked Allianz 10th out of the 105 top public corporations. Helga Jung, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and responsible for Legal and Compliance, and Thomas Lösler, Allianz Group Chief Compliance Officer, discuss the role of transparency and compliance for Allianz.