The merger of Wiener Städtische with s Versicherung has now been officially completed. “Following Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia, we have now successfully merged our largest bank insurance company with our largest local composite insurance company in Austria according to plan. Bank insurance distribution has traditionally been very important for life insurance in Austria, and we now plan to make greater use of it for the other lines of business. That is why our pilot project to expand the products and services offered to customers of our distribution partner Erste Group was intentionally started in Austria already a year ago,” explained Elisabeth Stadler, CEO of Vienna Insurance Group.
The merger was approved by the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). “This is a historical step in our company’s history. In addition to its own field staff and distribution partners, Wiener Städtische can now also make use of bank distribution, which provides us with three strong distribution channels,” stated Robert Lasshofer, General Manager of Wiener Städtische.
s Versicherung will remain a brand, since in addition to life and accident insurance, bank customers can now choose from a broader range of products. “Together with our partners Erste Bank and Sparkassen, we feel that property & casualty and health insurance offer a significant potential,” according to Lasshofer. Bank customers can quickly obtain quotes or learn about custom-tailored insurance solutions and then make their purchase – all from a single source. The merger doesn’t change anything for existing s Versicherung customers. Their policies and insurance protection remain fully in force. Wiener Städtische, however, is now their insurance partner. All s Versicherung customers will be informed of this in the next few days.
Wiener Städtische is now the largest life insurance company in Austria, with a premium volume of almost EUR 1.4 billion and a market share of more than 23 percent. Total premium volumes in all lines of business exceed EUR 3 billion, strengthening the company’s second place in market ranking, and its assets under management have increased to around EUR 22 billion.
Manfred Bartalszky joins the Wiener Städtische Managing Board
In the course of the merger, Manfred Bartalszky was appointed to the Managing Board of Wiener Städtische, where he is now responsible for bank distribution. He was previously a member of the s Versicherung Managing Board. Born in Vienna, he previously held a number of management positions at Erste Bank Austria. He began his career in 1980 as a customer advisor in the branch business, followed by twelve years in management positions in the marketing and product management areas, and a further six years as regional director in the retail area. Since 2007 Bartalszky was Head of the Business Development Private & Corporate area. He held many supervisory board positions and was a member of the steering team in the Erste Bank corporate development process.