Germany’s Talanx Group, parent of reinsurer Hannover Re and HDI Global, has announced that Jens Warkentin will join the Board of Directors of Talanx AG, becoming head of the German Retail Division and CEO of HDI Deutschland AG, as the Dr. Christopher Lohmann leaves office to pursue a career. change.
Talanx states that the move is made at the request of Dr. Lohmann himself, under the best conditions and by mutual agreement, in accordance with his life plans.
Dr. Lohmann, who is also CIO of Talanx and CEO of HDI Deutschland AG, will ensure an orderly handover to his successor in the coming weeks, with the full transfer effective January 1, 2023.
He will continue his association with Talanx Group as a member of the Supervisory Board of Neodigital AG.
Dr. Lohmann commented: “After almost 24 years in operational management, as a member of the board of directors and CEO of the leading insurers in the German-speaking regions of Europe, I would like to change careers.
“I am grateful for the wealth of experience I have been fortunate to gain in the management positions I have held. Now I really want to contribute and pass on my knowledge in areas such as corporate transformation and digitization in a different role.
“I want to thank Grupo Talanx for their trust in me and for the business freedom I had. It was a real pleasure managing a motivated team and working with Jens Warkentin to develop it further. The last three years have been extremely satisfying.”
Herbert K. Haas, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Talanx AG, thanked Dr. Lohmann on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board for his work and stated: “Dr. Lohmann has improved the Retail Germany division as a unit and given it a new strategic direction.
“This applies to both property insurance and life insurance. We would like to thank him for this and wish him all the best for the future, both professionally and personally. And I would like to wish Jens Warkentin every success in his new role. He has extensive experience in all areas of the insurance business and will use it to achieve the division’s ambitious goals.”
Jens Warkentin will also become the Chief Information Officer of the Talanx Board of Directors, with IT responsibility for its primary insurance operations within Germany.
The company stated that he has extensive experience in all areas of the insurance business, having been CFO of Talanx Group’s German retail division since October 2018 and performing certain CEO duties on an interim basis.
In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors responsible for Human Resources for all primary insurance employees in Germany from May 2019 to June 2022. Talanx adds that during this period he simplified the operating structures of the primary insurance group in Germany and reorganized the Human Resources. role of providing customer-centric services.
Prior to this, he was Director of Operations at AXA Germany, where he was responsible for process, partner and customer services. Initially, he was also responsible for group development, sales process and quality management, and sales management for banking operations.
Dr. Thorsten Pauls, who will succeed Jens Warkentin as CFO of HDI Deutschland AG, is an experienced risk manager and has been CFO of the Talanx Group bancassurance companies: TARGO Lebensversicherung AG, TARGO Versicherung AG, neue leben Lebensversicherung AG, neue leben Unfallversicherung AG, PB Lebensversicherung AG, and PB Versicherung AG, since 2018. He has also been director of risk management operations at HDI Germany since 2014.