PressNews

Company News

Service & Contacts

Allianz Group Communications
Koeniginstr. 28
80802 Munich
Germany

Phone +49.89.3800-18475

Contact overview

Receive the latest Allianz news.

Newsletter

Receive the latest Allianz Group Communications press releases on your web browser quickly and conveniently via RSS newsfeed

More

Follow Allianz in the social networks:

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn

  • Contact

  • Newsletter

  • RSS Feed

  • Social Media

“Business is strong, it is a good time to leave”

“Business is strong, it is a good time to leave”
Apr 01, 2015 | Allianz SE

“I could imagine becoming an unofficial quality control manager of South African red wine after my retirement”, says Ron Buchan, CEO of Allianz Worldwide Care (AWC) in Ireland with a smile on his face. After 40 years of working life Ron will retire  with almost 16 years spent at Allianz. In Allianz Worldwide Care, the international health division of Allianz Worldwide Partners, Ron and his team have built one of the most successful insurance providers of international health, life and disability solutions. Ron tells us about the most emotional moment in his career, why now is the right time to retire and what he will not miss after having retired.

More...

Women in leadership at Allianz

Women in leadership at Allianz
Apr 01, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz is committed to diversity and career development for women. The company has set itself the target to increase the percentage of women in its global talent pools for top management positions to 30 percent until year-end 2015. In the following interviews female top managers of Allianz Group share their personal insights.

More...

A green celebration

A green celebration
Mar 16, 2015 | Allianz SE

Over 120 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be lit up in green on March 17 to celebrate the Irish St. Patrick’s Day. For the third time, the Allianz Arena will be ‘greened’ again, too. Even within Allianz not many know that this is thanks to an initiative by Sinéad Browne, Irish, Board Member and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in Munich.

More...

Oil price collapse: Winners, losers and adverse side effects

 Oil price collapse: Winners, losers and adverse side effects
Mar 05, 2015 | Allianz SE

As a result of oil gained by fracking, the United States has become a global swing producer, along with the likes of Saudi Arabia. This means that the sheer quantity of oil that the US sells has a considerable impact on pricing. As a consequence, oil prices have fallen 40 percent since summer 2014. Michael Heise, Chief Economist of Allianz, explains who profits from low oil prices, who suffers as a consequence, and where they pose a danger to the global economy.

More...

“Baby boomers will contribute to growth in our asset management and life business”

“Baby boomers will contribute to growth in our asset management and life business”
Mar 03, 2015 | Allianz SE

Being a baby boomer himself, Jay Ralph picks up the 2014 results and explains the impact that the baby boomer generations have on the business of Allianz when they retire. Ralph is a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and responsible for asset management worldwide and insurance USA.

More...

Record number of vehicle recalls

Record number of vehicle recalls
Mar 03, 2015 | Allianz SE

Worldwide recall rates of automobiles have reached a new high. The US market is reporting alarming figures.

More...

Change of personnel

Change of personnel
Mar 02, 2015 | Allianz SE

Sabia Schwarzer (45) will take over as Head of Group Communications for the Allianz Group on November 1, 2015. Schwarzer, of German-Indian descent and formerly a journalist for Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, joined Allianz in 1996 as Regional Head of Communications and Marketing for Asia-Pacific. From the regional headquarters in Singapore she set up and developed the communications and marketing department. In 2000 she was appointed Head of Communications and Marketing for the Group in North America (Nafta). She is married and has three children.

More...

KulturAllianzen: a special campaign for disadvantaged young people

KulturAllianzen: a special campaign for disadvantaged young people
Feb 25, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz is celebrating its 125th anniversary by helping others. Allianz employees can submit their own ideas on how to help disadvantaged young people. Michael M. Thoss, head of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, tells us what KulturAllianzen could look like, and how to promote a campaign.

More...

Lights out for the Carnival of Brazil?

Lights out for the Carnival of Brazil? (Peter Molnar / Shutterstock.com)
Feb 12, 2015 | Allianz SE

It’s the world’s biggest party.  Up to one million tourists and four million local residents will dance the samba on the streets of Brazil. Toilets have always been the biggest logistical problem. But this year, Brazil is facing a formidable challenge: drought and water shortages. No water in Brazil means no power thus no show. Carnival festivities have already been canceled in some localities. Even in São Paulo, officials are discussing the possibility of turning off the music and the lights. It could be a much quieter Carnival than usual.

More...

Risk: a vital part of the human experience

Risk: a vital part of the human experience
Feb 06, 2015 | Allianz SE

When we think of risk we often have a negative connotation in mind. Risky is often used synonymously with reckless, foolish or even downright dangerous. “Risk Wise”, a new book by British author and documentary filmmaker Polly Morland, sets out to investigate whether there is more to the concept of risk. Nine stories portray people who deal with risks in their very own way.

More...

Allianz commemorates its 125th anniversary

Allianz commemorates its 125th anniversary
Feb 04, 2015 | Allianz SE

Dialog on two key questions for the future: demographic development and climate change / Review and outlook: new publications provide food for thought / Projects of Allianz foundations set priorities for 2015 and beyond / Extended Cooperation with European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)

More...

Super Bowl: No power, no fun

Super Bowl: No power, no fun
Jan 30, 2015 | Allianz SE

American Football fans all around the globe are looking forward to this year's Super Bowl with great excitement. Two years ago, an electricity outage left the players, 74,000 spectators in the stadium, and around a billion people television viewers in the dark. Read our 3 questions 3 answers with Andreas Bemm, Senior Engineer Risk Consulting at Allianz Risk Consulting.

More...

Heise: "Canceling Greece's debt is not a solution"

Heise:
Jan 28, 2015 | Allianz SE

No sooner had the election victory for the left-wing coalition Syriza been announced than the debate surrounding another debt haircut for Greece reared its head again. With a government debt ratio corresponding to 176 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), slashing debt would appear to be inevitable. Michael Heise, Chief Economist at Allianz, explains why we should view these calls for another  debt cut with a critical eye.

More...

The ECB’s QE program allows for much-needed flexibility

The ECB’s QE program allows for much-needed flexibility
Jan 23, 2015 | Allianz SE

Against the background of an already recovering economy, the ECB’s large-scale government bond purchases are neither necessary nor are they likely to have much impact. One positive aspect, however, is that the design of the bond purchase program allows for a certain degree of flexibility. The ECB can, and should, reduce or stop monthly purchases if the economic situation improves and inflation trends point upwards again. The decision to make national central banks responsible for a larger share of the bond purchases is welcome. Sufficient coordination and control should be ensured.

More...

Digitalization: “We need to tailor our offer to the new customer”

Digitalization: “We need to tailor our offer to the new customer”
Jan 23, 2015 | Allianz SE

The average U.S. consumer spends nearly three hours a day on mobile devices, according to a recent study. What effect does this behavior have on companies, including insurers, trying to reach their customers? Allianz SE Board Member Christof Mascher discussed “The new consumer” at this year’s Digital Life Design conference in Munich.

More...

“Inequality can feed radicalism and fundamentalism”

“Inequality can feed radicalism  and fundamentalism”
Jan 20, 2015 | Allianz SE

In the previous Allianz.com interview, we talked about how the problem of inequality has evolved from a temporary problem to an issue that will affect generations to follow. In the second part of the interview, Mohamed A. El-Erian and Michael Heise take a closer look at the different continents and countries that are concerned.

More...

“A bit of inequality is good; lots of inequality is bad”

“A bit of inequality is good; lots of inequality is bad”
Jan 19, 2015 | Allianz SE

The Occupy Wall Street movement, the uproar around Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First century” and other initiatives have brought up questions that turn around one single topic: Inequality. In an exclusive interview with Allianz.com, Michael Heise, Allianz Chief Economist and Mohamed A. El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor of Allianz, try to find answers to these questions.

More...

Money for the infrastructure

Money for the infrastructure
Jan 09, 2015 | Allianz SE

The world's industrialized nations are now reliant on infrastructure that is around 30 to 50 years old and quite shabby. Maximilian Zimmerer, member of the board of Allianz SE, explains how insurance companies can help rebuilding roads, power plants and public buildings.

More...

New year, new job?

New year, new job?
Jan 01, 2015 | Allianz SE

E-mail inboxes clogged up by applications containing endless pages of documents and attachments could soon be a thing of the past. Christian Finckh, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Allianz Group, explains in an interview how Allianz recruits online and how streamlined job applications already are.

More...

Tsunami 2004: “We changed the hotel just before we embarked on our trip”

Dec 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Tileman Fischer, former CEO of Allianz Reinsurance Asia Pacific in Singapore (ARAP) was in Sri Lanka at the time of the tsunami on December 26, 2004. He recalls his personal experience and the aid work that he supported directly after the tsunami.

More...

A year in review 2014

A year in a review 2014
Dec 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

A crash test with a Christmas tree and two new Allianz stadiums. Click through the photos and discover this year’s highlights from an Allianz perspective.

More...

Baby, it’s over now: The last US baby boomer turns 50

Baby, it’s over now: The last US baby boomer turns 50
Dec 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

On December 31 of this year we will pass a demographic milestone as the last US baby boomer turns 50. Globally, the transition of the baby boomer generations into retirement, on account of its sheer size also known as the "Silver Tsunami", is taking place. This will challenge the pension systems over the coming decades to an ever increasing extent.

More...

Tsunami prevention: fewer victims but greater physical damage expected

Tsunami prevention: fewer victims but greater physical damage expected
Dec 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Matthias Hackl, geophysicist and earthquake specialist at Allianz Re, explains why tsunami prevention is so complex and what progress has been made since the terrible natural catastrophe that claimed 250,000 lives in Asia 10 years ago.

More...

Look out for sovereign-bond volatility

Look out for sovereign-bond volatility
Dec 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Sovereign bonds have been full of surprises this year: From the U.S. to Spain, yields are declining further after confounding investors' expectations by staying low for most of 2014. It's a trend that could be setting markets up for greater volatility in 2015.

More...

The quiet diplomat

Sergio Balbinot will be responsible for Allianz’s insurance business in western and southern Europe.
Dec 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

A small sensation went somewhat unnoticed amid the changes announced at the helm of the Allianz Board of Management: Sergio Balbinot, responsible for the global insurance activities of the Generali Group and president of Generali Italy, is taking over responsibility for Allianz's insurance business in western and southern Europe, with effect from January 1, 2015.

More...

A thorough view

Axel Theis joined Allianz in 1986
Dec 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

There are probably only a few managers at Allianz who have achieved so much, with such success, yet in such a calm and collected way. Now the Allianz SE Supervisory Board has called on Axel Theis to join the Board of Management, starting January 1, 2015.

More...

“100 percent security doesn’t exist”

“100 percent security doesn’t exist”
Dec 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Cyber attacks are increasing, both in number and sophistication. Damages for companies are reaching multimillions of euros. Christopher Lohmann, CEO Germany and Central Europe at Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS), explains why more and more companies consider cyber insurance to be a core element of their IT risk management.

More...

Good, bad and ugly of lower oil prices

Good, bad and ugly of lower oil prices
Dec 04, 2014 | Allianz SE

The net overall impact of this year’s 28 percent plunge in oil prices is positive for the global economy. But it isn’t universal, and it comes with negative dimensions that need to be well understood, lest they end up reversing the benefits.

More...

"Diverse ways of thinking are needed"

Dec 03, 2014 | Allianz SE

In a short interview, Dr. Werner Zedelius, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and also responsible for HR, explains what One Day at Allianz means and why it is so important for Allianz itself.

More...

Markets Love Central-Bank Gifts

Markets Love Central-Bank Gifts
Nov 25, 2014 | Allianz SE

Equity markets around the world are responding enthusiastically to news of further central-bank stimulus, and understandably so. Central banks have been the markets’ best friends. Betting on their continued support has been a very profitable strategy for investors in recent years.

More...

Dieter Wemmer elected new chairman of EcoFin committee

Dieter Wemmer elected new chairman of EcoFin committee
Nov 20, 2014 | Allianz SE

Dieter Wemmer, CFO of Allianz Group, has been elected chairman of the Economic & Finance (EcoFin) Committee of Insurance Europe. Insurance Europe is the insurance association of Europe and the EcoFin Committee oversees its work on regulatory, accounting and investment-related issues. It plays a vital role in shaping the European insurance industry’s response to developments in these areas.

More...

Europe's sluggish growth is a global threat

Europe's sluggish growth is a global threat
Nov 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Third-quarter economic quarter growth for the euro zone came in slightly higher than expected - enough for politicians to be tempted to proclaim that growth is back. They should resist that urge and instead do a lot more to revamp, reinvent and re-energize the bloc’s growth engines.

More...

Good and bad of the strong stock recovery

Good and bad of the strong stock recovery
Nov 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

The stock market’s rally in the second half of October was equal parts rapid and forceful. Yet its implications are, unfortunately, far from decisive.

More...

How do people really apply for new jobs?

How do people really apply for new jobs?
Nov 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

New job search and application tool now fully optimized for user behavior, ranging from desktop PCs and tablets to smartphones / Smart switch recognizes device with which candidates are accessing and automatically redirects to appropriate version / Connection to LinkedIn, Facebook and Xing allows transport of job related data to Allianz Group’s application tool

More...

When a strike brings production lines to a standstill

When a strike brings production lines to a standstill
Nov 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

Key supplier parts are quite literally being left stuck on Germany's train tracks. The unprecedented strike organized by German train drivers could result in production downtime in German industry. According to an estimate performed by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) in Cologne, the damage could soon rise from an amount in the single-digit millions to over EUR 100 million a day as of the fourth day of the strike. Volker Münch, expert for business interruption insurance at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), explains the extent to which such damage is covered. 

More...

What Europe's stress tests will and won't do

What Europe's stress tests will and won't do
Oct 28, 2014 | Allianz SE

Similar to efforts in the U.S. five years ago, the rigorous stress testing of banks in Europe is key to building a floor under the region’s economy and thus providing the basis for a more durable recovery. That is the good news in the recent release of data by the European Central Bank.

More...

Infrastructure investments: “A big step in the right direction”

Infrastructure investments: “A big step in the right direction”
Oct 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Claus Fintzen is a portfolio manager in Allianz Global Investors’ infrastructure debt team in London. We spoke to him about the role of private investments in public assets. 

More...

What Hong Kong means for the global economy

What Hong Kong means for the global economy
Oct 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

Will the tensions in Hong Kong be the straw that breaks the global economy’s back? That question is on many investors’ minds as they watch the Chinese government's response to one of the biggest sociopolitical challenges it has faced in recent years. The answer is far from straightforward.

More...

Environmental Commitment: Top Marks for Allianz

Environmental Commitment: Top Marks for Allianz
Oct 17, 2014 | Allianz SE

In the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Allianz reached a record high: 99 out of 100 points for Transparency, and a grade A- (on a scale of A-C) for Achievement. This makes Allianz one of the leading companies in this area.

More...

The BRICs will rise again

The BRICs will rise again
Oct 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

The downward revision of growth projections for emerging economies by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank is yet another reminder of how quickly the narrative has changed for these countries. This reversal has led to selloffs in emerging-market assets, be they equities, currencies or fixed-income. Countries that not so long ago were deemed an influential locomotive for global growth (as well as a contributor to global financial stability) are now viewed more as a source of actual and potential disruptions.

More...

The growing strength of the Allianz brand

The growing strength of the Allianz brand
Oct 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz is one of the strongest growing financial services providers in this year’s “Best Global Brands” ranking from Interbrand. The Allianz brand is valued at US$7.7 billion, up 15 percent from last year.

More...

Why this market rally is so unloved

Why this market rally is so unloved
Oct 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

Recently, I asked readers of this column to offer their views on the state of financial markets. The responses I've received in the comment section, by e-mail and on Twitter shed light on why the recent impressive asset-price rallies remain so unloved and are constantly questioned.

More...

Climate change: Tools for investors

Climate change: Tools for investors
Oct 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

As one of the world's largest institutional investors, Allianz is supporting a research project designed to make climate risks measurable for investors. The project was unveiled at the annual conference of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, which have also been signed by Allianz.

More...

AGCS announces Board of Management changes

AGCS announces Board of Management changes
Oct 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

Chris Fischer Hirs to succeed Axel Theis as Chief Executive Officer of AGCS SE / Current CEO Axel Theis appointed to the Allianz SE Board of Management / Nina Klingspor to become Chief Financial Officer of AGCS SE

More...

Oliver Bäte to become new CEO after 2015 Annual General Meeting

Oliver Bäte to become new CEO after 2015 Annual General Meeting
Oct 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

The Supervisory Board of Allianz SE decides on Board of Management mandates

More...

„A brilliant investor!“

„A brilliant investor!“
Sep 27, 2014 | Allianz SE

Recent quotes from Allianz regarding Daniel Ivascyn (44), the successor of Bill Gross (70).

More...

PIMCO Elects Daniel Ivascyn as Group Chief Investment Officer

Firm Names Andrew Balls, Mark Kiesel, Virginie Maisonneuve, Scott Mather and Mihir Worah Chief Investment Officers.
Sep 27, 2014 | PIMCO

Firm Names Andrew Balls, Mark Kiesel, Virginie Maisonneuve, Scott Mather and Mihir Worah Chief Investment Officers.

More...

Bill Gross, Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO, leaves the company

Bill Gross, Chief Investment Officer of  PIMCO, leaves the company
Sep 26, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE received confirmation that William H. Gross, Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO, a subsidiary of Allianz, has resigned today with immediate effect. PIMCO has activated its succession plan and will announce a successor.

More...

Bond bears may be right for wrong reasons

Bond bears may be right for wrong reasons
Sep 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

In recent days, I've noticed a growing sense of concern among investors that this year's surprising strength in the U.S. bond market can't last, particularly when it comes to the longer maturities. If they are right, it won't be for the reasons typically cited.

More...

Relief after Scotland says "no"

Relief after Scotland says
Sep 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

The Scots have voted not to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom. The result was not quite as close as expected (55.3 per cent). The outcome is welcome from an economic and European policy perspective, as a "yes" vote in favor of independence would have signaled the start of years of complicated and agonizing negotiations on the details, with negative knock-on effects for the economy and politics (also on this side of the Channel). The result is likely to put a damper on other independence movements within the EU.

More...

How Starbucks keeps innovating

How Starbucks keeps innovating
Sep 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

Many pathbreakers in business succeed by creating something completely new. Less obvious are the companies that take an existing activity and turn it into something much more consequential.

More...

What Made This Summer Different

What Made This Summer Different
Sep 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

As the summer comes to an end, I'd like to try something unusual, if I may. Let’s collectively specify three major lessons that we learned about financial markets in the last two months and, after compiling a summary of them, draw out the implications for what lies ahead.

More...

Why currencies are poised for more shifts

Why currencies are poised for more shifts
Sep 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

The world’s major currencies, which had traded in a relatively stable range, are now in motion - buffeted by different regional growth and interest rates as well as a simmering brew of geopolitical tensions. The key to the magnitude of these currency moves is in the hands of the monetary policy of the ECB.

More...

The long-term joblessness battle isn't over

The long-term joblessness battle isn't over
Aug 28, 2014 | Allianz SE

Long-term joblessness is a curse. It is a major contributor to poverty and the hollowing out of the middle class. Despite the great progress in reducing long-term unemployment, more must be done. This is the only way to maintain to the well-being of both current and future generations.

More...

Argentine default creates many losers

Argentine default creates many losers
Aug 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Two sides of the coin: Winners and losers of a national disaster. Last-minute negotiations to make timely payment on its sovereign debt were futile. Suffering victims are Argentina’s creditors and its nation. Only lawyers, bankers and some few investors will benefit from this economic misery.

More...

“We are the fastest growing insurance brand in the UK”

Jon Dye, the new CEO of Allianz UK
Aug 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Jon Dye, the new CEO of Allianz UK, on his first year, three key priorities and the most enjoyable parts of his job. What has he achieved in his first year and what’s next?

More...

Allianz mourns the loss of Gerhard Rupprecht

Allianz mourns the loss of Gerhard Rupprecht
Aug 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Gerhard Rupprecht was involved in a fatal mountaineering accident in the Alps at the end of last week. Rupprecht was 65 years old. The Allianz Group mourns the loss of an exceptional personality.

More...

Allianz continues successful WPP collaboration and names Ogilvy as new global lead agency

Allianz continues successful WPP collaboration and names Ogilvy as new global lead agency
Aug 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz Group has named Ogilvy & Mather as new global brand communication agency. Mediacom will remain global media agency partner. / Ogilvy demonstrated strongest ability to take Allianz to the next level by co-creating a differentiating customer experience along all traditional and digital consumer touchpoints. / Decision for new agency set-up was taken jointly with most relevant operating entities and business lines. This showcases the successful global-local collaboration model which will be further intensified.

More...

The New Look of Globalization

The New Look of Globalization
Aug 05, 2014 | Allianz SE

Globalization is back, and it is evolving rapidly. That, at least, is the message of an interesting report from the McKinsey Global Institute that looks at how trade, financial, human and data linkages have developed over the past decade or so.

More...

What if the Fed has created a bubble?

What if the Fed has created a bubble?
Jul 29, 2014 | Allianz SE

Investors might be surprised to learn that they have a lot riding on something that they pay very little attention to: macro-prudential regulation, or what central banks and other government agencies do to reduce the risk of systemic financial disasters.

More...

Is the World Bank losing Asia?

Is the World Bank losing Asia?
Jul 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

Asia wants a new specialized bank to fill the gaps left by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. In contrast to its last effort to create a supranational monetary institution back in the 1990s, it might actually succeed.

More...

A Trio of Economic Problems Haunting Europe

A Trio of Economic Problems Haunting Europe
Jul 15, 2014 | Allianz SE

There is a specter haunting Europe: a trio of economic problems that threaten the continent’s prosperity and social stability, all of which revolve around the notion of the “One Percent.”

More...

"German Renewable Energy Sources Act approved - reforms postponed"

Jul 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Dr. Maximilian Zimmerer on the reform of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act.

More...

Expert statement - why does the amendment to the German Renewable Energy Sources Act fall short of the mark?

Expert statement - why does the amendment to the German Renewable Energy Sources Act fall short of the mark?
Jul 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Karsten Löffler, Managing Director of Allianz Climate Solutions GmbH.

More...

Lessons From the World Cup

Lessons From the World Cup
Jul 08, 2014 | Allianz SE

Every football fan I meet has been pleasantly surprised by the World Cup’s high level of competition and quality. Exemplified by Costa Rica’s remarkable start, quite a few nontraditional teams that global football brand names once viewed as mere pushovers, even irritations, have done surprisingly well.

More...

Stability and common vision

Stability and common vision
Jul 01, 2014 | Allianz SE

An interview with Mohamed A. El-Erian, originally published in the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

More...

Share of women in executive positions continues to go up: DAX 30 companies publish third status report

Share of women in executive positions continues to go up: DAX 30 companies publish third status report
Jun 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

The 30 DAX companies are well on the way to achieve their voluntary commitment of increasing the share of women in leadership positions. Today the companies concerned are publishing their third status report since the beginning of the initiative in 2011. Despite different starting conditions in the various sectors of industry there continues to be a clear upward trend.

More...

Key rate cut: "A hefty price to pay!"

Key rate cut:
Jun 05, 2014 | Allianz SE

Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it would be cutting key rates again: from 0.25 to 0.15 percent, bringing interest rates down to a new all-time low. As of today, banks will get their money from the central bank at virtually no charge. The effect that the ECB is hoping for: the financial sector will pass the cheap money on to the corporate sector and consumers in the form of loans. We spoke to Günther Thallinger, CEO of Allianz Investment Management (AIM), about the implications of this rate cut.

More...

“It is what you can do that matters!”

“It is what you can do that matters!”
Jun 03, 2014 | Allianz SE

Clement B. Booth, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, about the Allianz AllAbility program on June 3rd, Germany’s Diversity Day. The initiative aims at creating a more inclusive work environment for people with disabilities.

More...

Older employees – forgotten treasures

“Leadership ambition alone isn't enough for us”
May 08, 2014 | Allianz SE

How is demographic change affecting the labor markets? This was the subject of a talk given by Dr. Michaela Grimm, a political economist from Allianz, at this year's Risk Management conference RIMS in Denver, Colorado at the request of the Allianz subsidiary Fireman's Fund in the US. In an interview with allianz.com, she explains why from now on companies cannot do without the expertise of older employees. She also talks about the challenges companies are facing due to an aging workforce.

More...

Trust is crucial

Trust is crucial
May 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

Seven years after the start of the financial crisis: the trust of investors and consequently the trust of analysts and the media is essential. Oliver Schmidt, head of Investor Relations at Allianz SE, explains what investors specifically value now and how companies can meet these new requirements.

More...

Disingenuous and harmful

Disingenuous and harmful
Mar 25, 2014 | Allianz SE

The sensationalist propaganda campaign against Romania and Bulgaria is more than just undignified. Anyone who subscribes to it is choosing to ignore the truth: namely that the immigrants are an asset to the economy.

More...

AllianzGI infrastructure debt investments reach EUR 2 billion

AllianzGI infrastructure debt investments reach EUR 2 billion
Mar 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

Investment manager passes infrastructure debt investment milestone with completion of eight transactions in under a year which: Straddle seven European countries; / Encompass project bonds and structured corporate infrastructure bonds; and / Include both pre-construction and operating/post-construction projects. These investments are made and managed by AllianzGI on behalf of both Allianz Group companies and third party institutional investors

More...

Personalia

Personalia
Mar 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Manfred Knof (48), currently Member of the Board of Management of Allianz Deutschland AG and responsible for Operations, will become new CEO of Allianz in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East (CEEMA), effective April 1, 2014. Bruce Bowers (55), currently CEO of CEEMA, will leave Allianz Group. He will be available to Allianz as Senior Advisor.

More...

Allianz provides the best internet service for applicants in Europe and Asia

Allianz provides the best internet service for applicants in Europe and Asia
Mar 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Just like last year, the Allianz Group again found itself on the winner's podium in the overall potentialpark European and Asian rankings, coming first in the categories "career website" and "social media application", and taking second place in "mobile offers for candidates".

More...

“Leadership ambition alone isn't enough for us”

“Leadership ambition alone isn't enough for us”
Mar 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

One weekend, nine board members, 38 applicants. The original idea behind the recruiting event "NEXT" was that each member of the Allianz Deutschland Board of Management was to select a highly-qualified mentee they would install in the company's senior management in the medium term. At the end of the event, there were actually far more candidates who could be considered for possible top leadership positions. Wolfgang Brezina, Allianz Deutschland AG Board of Management member responsible for HR and one of the masterminds behind the NEXT program, gave an interview about top candidates, leadership ambition and the key role that hand-drawn organizational charts played in his own career.

More...

No superheroes, but strong profiles

No superheroes, but strong profiles
Feb 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

At the NEXT recruiting event during the weekend of February 22-23, 2014, Allianz Deutschland will be scouting for up-and-coming management talents. Board of Management members are volunteering as mentors and will be picking out the mentee they want to guide into top management over the next few years, out of the 38 applicants. In an interview, Dr. Alexander Vollert, member of the Board of Management of Allianz Deutschland, describes his expectations and personal experience with mentorships.

More...

How can you become risk-aware?

How can you become risk-aware?
Feb 13, 2014 | Allianz SE

On the Managerfragen.org platform Nicola Hengst-Gohlke asked Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, "How exactly can you become a risk-aware citizen?". In his response, Michael Diekmann explained how we learn to deal with risks in everyday life and what role insurance can play here.

More...

The new face of China

The new face of China
Feb 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

‘Continual change is the only constant’ has been a Chinese wisdom since ancient times. The country of China has transformed itself rapidly in the past two decades, presenting unprecedented market potential and challenges to consumers and insurers. Allianz SE Board Member Manuel Bauer, Allianz Life China CEO Chen Liang, and Allianz China General Insurance CEO Peter Nestmann share their insights on how to achieve success in this important market.

More...

The future of buying a car

The future of buying a car
Feb 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

Since the end of 2013, Allianz Global Automotive and Ford have been working together more closely. The European partnership strives to develop mobility concepts that include insurance, service and technology solutions. Cooperation is already in place in some countries, and will be introduced in more markets over the coming months and years.

More...

Tailor-made solutions for corporate pensions

Tailor-made solutions for corporate pensions
Jan 30, 2014 | Allianz SE

In January, Allianz announced the creation of Allianz Global Benefits. The new unit will coordinate employee benefit plans for international companies across countries. CEO Dirk Hellmuth discusses the reasons behind the launch and what customers can expect.

More...

Thousands of islands of growth: Indonesia

Thousands of islands of growth: Indonesia
Jan 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Indonesia embodies in many ways the true growth market: Stable economics and politics, steady economic expansion and a rising middle class. Allianz recognized this development already in the 1980s and has been growing its presence in the island nation ever since. Joachim Wessling, CEO and country manager of Allianz in Indonesia, tells the story.

More...

Launch of new unit “Allianz Global Benefits”

Launch of new unit “Allianz Global Benefits”
Jan 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

Coordinates globally the provision of employee benefit solutions / Addresses the needs of multinational companies in this area / Leverages broad experience of a trusted global insurance company / Extends existing cooperation with global broker firms

More...

Leadership changes at PIMCO

Leadership changes at PIMCO
Jan 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

New responsibilities for Mohamed El-Erian within Allianz Group

More...

Bajaj Allianz promoting women’s careers

Bajaj Allianz promoting women’s careers
Jan 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Bajaj Allianz, the Allianz subsidiary in India, has launched an all-women branch in Pune. This pioneering effort in the Indian insurance industry seeks to create a conductive work environment for their female employees and intermediaries. Recruitment of agents for the new office in particular targets the vast talent pool of women who have often found their careers interrupted for family reasons.

More...

Our New Year's resolution - to welcome you as a colleague!

Our New Year's resolution - to welcome you as a colleague!
Dec 27, 2013 | Allianz SE

It's always the same - new year, new resolutions. You want to do more sport, meet up with friends more often, or look for a new professional challenge. For many, these are all standard things on their own list of resolutions. With the last one, at least, we can give you concrete support - at the moment, we have over 1,200 good reasons for you to translate this resolution into reality in the new year!

More...

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)
Dec 06, 2013 | Allianz SE

SE board member Clement Booth remembers extraordinary statesman and fellow countryman Nelson Mandela.

More...

Year in review 2013

Year in review 2013
Dec 04, 2013 | Allianz SE

A new stadium, exciting cultural and sports events with high-profile stars and important steps towards sustainability. Click through the photos and read about the highlights of the Allianz year 2013. Further important news will be added within the remaining weeks of the year.

More...

Don’t bank on a baby boom in China

Don’t bank on a baby boom in China
Dec 03, 2013 | Allianz SE

“Later, longer, fewer” – under this slogan Mao Zedong initiated a population growth target in China more than 40 years ago. It was part of a catalogue of goals set within the five-year plan, when the total population had just passed the mark of 800 million people in 1969. People should marry later, leave longer periods between pregnancies and have fewer children. Now it appears that the policy’s days are numbered.

More...

Allianz and Ford shape partnership to develop and offer mobility concepts

Allianz and Ford shape partnership to develop and offer mobility concepts
Dec 03, 2013 | Allianz SE

Cooperation to offer new mobility solutions for Ford clients / Joint projects between Allianz and Ford of Europe open up new opportunities for innovative products and services and benefits for the customers of both companies

More...

Volatile weather impacts business profits

Volatile weather impacts business profits
Nov 26, 2013 | Allianz SE

Strong links between unexpected weather patterns and company performance. / Bad weather “no longer a good excuse" for missed sales targets. / Pre-Christmas retail season one of many examples of key weather risk. / Annual costs from routine weather variance can triple those from the headline-grabbing global nat cat losses. / Growing demand in specialist products to offset losses from unexpected weather, but many businesses still unaware of options for tackling the challenge

More...

Europe? Just continue!

Europe? Just continue!
Nov 20, 2013 | Allianz SE

To build Europe's future we need to “mobilize the public support” Herman Van Rompuy explained at the Allianz Forum in Berlin.

More...

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG successfully adopts new legal structure of Societas Europaea (SE)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG successfully adopts new legal structure of Societas Europaea (SE)
Nov 19, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (France) has been merged into Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG which was simultaneously converted into AGCS SE / AGCS will benefit from the simplification of its corporate structure and enhanced financial strength through capital optimization

More...

Allianz launches mobile online application tool

Allianz launches mobile online application tool
Oct 28, 2013 | Allianz SE

Mobile website allows access to Allianz's global job market / Online application from mobile device possible without an app

More...

"Reducing corruption levels the playing field for companies"

Oct 11, 2013 | Allianz SE

Corruption distorts competition. For this reason a growing group of businesses and policy makers are joining a movement to fight corruption. This Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is also supported by Allianz. David Diamond at Allianz Global Investors represents over 80 institutional investors on the EITI board. In an interview, he explains how the initiative strives to fight corruption.

More...

Emerging markets II: new technologies, new markets

Emerging markets II: new technologies, new markets
Oct 09, 2013 | Allianz SE

Digitalization is the key to success in emerging markets as well. Especially in countries covering huge distances like Russia, internet distribution offers new opportunities. How that works is explained by the Allianz board members Helga Jung and Manuel Bauer.

More...

"Setting up foundations for perpetuity"

Oct 08, 2013 | Allianz SE

Foundations have particular requirements regarding the investment of their funds. Allianz is aware of this. With 390 million euros, Allianz will, in future, be managing half of the assets of the Bayerische Landesstiftung foundation. Peter Roedern and Tobias Pross are responsible for coordinating the collaboration between the foundation and Allianz, and here they explain how they combine the competencies of the life insurer and the asset manager in order to do this.  

More...

Emerging markets: a shift of focus

Emerging markets: a shift of focus
Oct 07, 2013 | Allianz SE

While Asia maintains its status as a growth region, Latin America is establishing itself as a new star. In an interview, Allianz board members Helga Jung and Manuel Bauer explain.

More...

“The impact of a shutdown will be significant”

“The impact of a shutdown will be significant”
Oct 01, 2013 | Allianz SE

The US government is shutting down. After days of posturing, American lawmakers have been unable to agree on further funding for spending. How did this situation emerge, and what will it mean? Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, explains.


More...

Allianz: a successful brand

Allianz: a successful brand
Sep 30, 2013 | Allianz SE

Financial strength, a globally consistent brand and the digitally enhanced customer experience. A successful brand sums up the success of a business: In the case of global financial services provider Allianz, the brand promises its customers and other stakeholders a satisfying quality experience – whether that is a stable financial performance during the euro and financial crisis, quality products and services tailored to the needs of private and business customers or being an employer that cares about its staff.  

More...
More...