Markku Wilenius, 45, will join Allianz SE in Munich as Senior Vice President on December 1, 2007.
Wilenius is probably the world's only professor of futures studies. For a number of years, he was also director of the Finland Futures Research Center at Turku School of Economics. Under his leadership, the center has grown from a small academic unit with less than ten people to a well-known research center of 50 staff representing unique expertise. He is a member of the executive board of the Club of Rome, the esteemed international non-governmental organization known for its efforts to promote long-term global thinking and action.
Within Allianz's Group Development department, Wilenius' tasks will include fundamental and trend research, as well as intensifying the Allianz Group's academic network.