- Chief Financial and Risk Officer Kurt Svoboda becomes CEO of the UNIQA Group’s largest subsidiary
- Peter Humer takes responsibility for Sales
Since the previous Chairman of the Management Board of UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG (UNIQA Austria), Hartwig Löger, left to join the Austrian government, the Management Board of the UNIQA Group’s largest subsidiary is being restructured and prepared for the future, subject to approval of the Austrian Financial Market Supervision.
Effective immediately, the former Chief Financial and Risk Officer, Kurt Svoboda, will take on the CEO role at UNIQA Austria. In UNIQA Austria’s Management Board, Svoboda will remain in charge of Finance & Risk, for which he is also responsible as CFO/CRO at the Group’s parent company UNIQA Insurance Group AG and at UNIQA International AG, and thus Group-wide.
A new addition to the Management Board of UNIQA Austria is Peter Humer, who is now assuming the sales-related tasks and is therefore responsible for UNIQA Austria’s field sales employees, general agencies and broker sales. In addition to his new role, Humer will continue to act as UNIQA Regional Director for Salzburg. Klaus Pekarek will remain responsible for bancassurance.
Andreas Brandstetter, CEO of the Group parent company UNIQA Insurance Group: “With the new Management Board structure of UNIQA Austria, by far the largest operating company in our Group, we are combining continuity and a forward-looking approach. As Chairman of the Management Board, Kurt Svoboda will continue to concentrate on finance and risk management. Peter Humer, who has excellent experience of the challenges of the Sales division thanks to the years he has spent as a successful Regional Director, will focus his energy on sales in the nine regions of Austria and thus the expansion of UNIQA’s strong market position.”
From now on, the Management Board of UNIQA Austria will be comprised as follows:
Kurt Svoboda, CEO, Finance and Risk
Alexander Bockelmann, Digitalisation
Peter Eichler, Life & Health
Peter Humer, Sales (except Bancassurance)
Andreas Kößl, Non-Life
Erik Leyers, Operations & IT
Klaus Pekarek, Bancassurance
Sabine Usaty-Seewald, Customers and Markets
Kurt Svoboda, UNIQA CFO/CRO and Chairman of the Management Board of UNIQA Austria: “UNIQA Austria, with 3.5 million customers, is not only the largest insurance company in the country, but is also a leader with respect to name recognition, customer trust, product and service quality and innovation. To make sure this remains the case, we want to improve even further in our core areas of expertise while also actively taking on the new challenges and the increasing demands and expectations of customers, partners and supervisory authorities. One thing is certain, and that is that tomorrow’s insurance industry will not look the same as it did yesterday or even today. With the new Management Board structure, UNIQA Austria has taken another important step in its evolution from a provider of insurance products into an integrated service provider.”
Peter Humer, Chief Sales Officer of UNIQA Austria and UNIQA Regional Director for Salzburg: “The dedicated Sales division is a clear affirmation that, together, we want to build on the strength and the trust that we already enjoy among customers on the ground. With the new Management Board structure, we have laid an excellent foundation for further growth in Austria – and we do want to grow.”
Peter Humer, born in Linz in 1971, studied Business Administration and Economics at Kepler University. In 1996, he began his professional career at UNIQA as a sales trainer at the Upper Austria Regional Headquarters. After several posts in sales management, Humer has led the UNIQA Regional Headquarters in Salzburg since 2009. From 2008 until the merger with UNIQA Austria in 2016, he was also a member of the Management Board of Salzburger Landes-Versicherung.
The UNIQA Group is one of the leading insurance groups in its core markets of Austria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Around 20,000 employees and exclusive sales partners serve over 9.6 million customers in 18 countries. UNIQA is the second-largest insurance group in Austria with a market share of more than 21 per cent. UNIQA operates in 15 markets in the CEE growth region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. The UNIQA Group also includes insurance companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.