Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region

Allianz is strengthening its presence in the Benelux region by integrating Allianz Belgium (including Luxembourg) and Allianz Netherlands. Robert Franssen, currently CEO of Allianz Belgium, will lead the integration.

“Benelux is one of our core European regions and as a whole the fourth largest insurance market in Europe,” explains Dieter Wemmer, Member the Board of Management of Allianz SE in charge of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands. “Yet, to successfully tackle the challenges of such mature markets, we need to build up critical size.” Robert Franssen adds: “The integration of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands will allow us to jointly invest in state-of-the-art IT systems, modern processes and technical expertise. Sharing our local best practices will enable us to further improve our services to our customers, brokers and business partners and will put us ahead of competition to foster growth. For 2013, our key priority is to ensure a smooth transition for all of our stakeholders. Therefore, we have decided for a gradual integration, guaranteeing the continuity of our services while in parallel defining a future-proof and winning market and operating model.”

As a first step, the composition of the boards of management of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands will be modified. Robert Franssen will become chairman of both boards. He will also lead the overall integration project and regional coordination team. This team is completed by Sjoerd Laarberg who becomes General Manager of Allianz Netherlands, Wilfried Neven as General Manager of Allianz Belgium, Eric Schneijdenberg as COO and Jean-Pascal Vialaron as CFO.

Ron van het Hof, currently CEO of Allianz Netherlands, will assume a new responsibility, which will be announced in due course.

All changes to the boards of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands are still subject to the necessary internal and regulatory approvals.

Robert Franssen to lead Benelux integration and to become Regional CEO Allianz Benelux
Robert Franssen to lead Benelux integration and to become Regional CEO Allianz Benelux

About Allianz in Benelux

Through the distribution channel of insurance brokers, Allianz offers in Belgium a wide range of services to private individuals, the self-employed, SMEs and large companies in the PC and Life market (Investment and Protection). Allianz Belgium (incl. Luxembourg) serves more than 900.000 customers, has more than 1 000 employees and its gross premium income exceeded EUR 1.6 billion in 2011.

Allianz Netherlands serves more than 1.3 million customers through brokers and its award winning Direct insurer Allsecur. Generating more than EUR 1.1 billion gross premiums written, more than 1 200 employees were working at Allianz Netherlands in 2011, providing leading products and services in PC, Life, Asset Management and Banking.

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Petra Krüll
Allianz SE
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Michèle Roels
Allianz Belgium
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Merel van Fessem
Allianz Nederland Group N.V.
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