Kurt SVOBODA is the new CEO of UNIQA Austria after Hartwig LOGER, left to join the government

20 December 2017 — Vlad BOLDIJAR
Since the previous Chairman of UNIQA Austria Management Board, Hartwig LOGER, left to join the Austrian government as the country's next Finance Minister, the insurer announced that the former Chief Financial and Risk Officer, Kurt SVOBODA, will take on the CEO role, effective immediately.

"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", the UNIQA announced in a press release.

In UNIQA Austria's Management Board, Kurt 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, Peter 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."

Thus, 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 KOSSL, Non-Life
  • Erik LEYERS, Operations & IT
  • Klaus PEKAREK, Bancassurance
  • Sabine USATY-SEEWALD, Customers and Markets

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