Our Growth Story

We are so proud of the growth journey we have been on. We're still the same locally empowered teams, just in more locations across the globe so our underwritters can respond quicker. We are proud to remain a comitted, dynamic, and long term partner.

We are dynamic

Our speed and flexibility mean that you benefit from partnering with a business ready to adapt to your needs in a fast-moving and rapidly changing world. You need fast decisions, agile service management and expert claims settlement. By working with clients on a local and global basis we have a cultural understanding and can act upon their needs.

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We are empowered

Our local and centralised teams are drawn from specialists, with many years of experience in the industries and product solutions they provide. They are empowered to make their own decisions while drawing on the strength of HDI Global Specialty SE. Providing capacity is just the start. Our job is to inform as well as insure, providing you with insights and answers.

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We are committed

We are driven by a desire to work collaboratively with you to develop mutually beneficial relationships with an appetite to support you for the long-term. Our local capabilities are underpinned by a heritage and resources to deliver sustainable products and services.

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Our Vision

We want to be the best insurer in specialty classes, recognised for our expertise, ability to provide solutions and service excellence to our clients and business partners, whilst being a place where talented people want to work.

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Our Mission

At HDI Global Specialty SE we strive for an increasingly profitable result for the Talanx Family through a transparent and responsible organisation with stable, efficient and streamlined processes. We empower our teams at all locations to maximise our local expertise and knowledge to create a sustainable, competitive, profitable business. We target a position in the top profitability quartile of Specialty insurers.

We steer our business through our Cooperation and Leadership and as described in our Leadership Principles and Overarching Principles and Rules.

The Company

As part of the Talanx Group, HDI Global Specialty SE brings the experience of HDI Global to deliver a comprehensive service-based offering into the specialty market. We are building a robust company with a strategy to create sustainable growth. We have a highly competent team with a focused profile and the company will be operating worldwide.

Talanx has premium income amounting to EUR 41.1 bn (2020)

The group's financial strength

HDI Global Specialty SE has 9 offices operating in 19 countries worldwide

Locations and offices

110 years of continuity as an international insurance group

Our history


Ratings are used to assess company success and risk factors on a neutral, forward-looking and extensive basis. HDI Global Specialty SE has been rated positively by recognised rating agencies, “Standard & Poor’s” and “A.M. Best”.

  • Standard & Poor´s (S&P): A+ (Outlook Stable) – as of: 18 October 2021
  • A.M. Best: A (Outlook Positive) – as of: 12 November 2021

"A sizeable competitor in the global specialty market and [it] will be a good platform for further growth aligned with the group's target”.

What makes HDI Global Specialty, special?

HDI Global Specialty’s CEO Ralph Beutter and Chairman Ulrich Wallin answer Shirley Inafa’s questions on this podcast. Listen to learn about which are the biggest and most profitable lines, about key markets and which markets are interesting for the agenda in the near future. Find out why “Volume is vanity and profit is sanity” is Ralph Beutter’s favourite quote and what Ulrich Wallin says about HDI Global Specialty’s growth as a second priority.

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Our Executive Board Team

Ralph Beutter
Chief Executive Officer
Tel +49 511 5604 1293

Starting his career with HDI in Germany back in 1987 on the direct insurance side, Ralph spent more than 17 years working in the facultative Division at Hannover Re dealing with essentially all Lines of Business (apart from Space & Aviation). For more than 10 years Ralph dealt both with Single Risk and Agency Business in his managerial role heading up one of the Hannover Re facultative departments. In January 2012 Ralph joined Inter Hannover as Chief Underwriting Officer and member of the Executive Board. Ralph's duties overarch both the Single Risk and Agency portfolios. Ralph has very relevant experience in underwriting and developing business opportunities and competencies in both portfolios. Since 01.01.2015 Ralph is the Chief Executive Officer of HDI Global Specialty SE.

Thomas Stöckl
Chief Financial Officer
Tel +49 511 5604 2967

Thomas started his career at a Big-4 audit and accounting firm in 2000 with a focus on the audit of insurance and reinsurance companies. After 5 years working and passing the German CPA exam he became Manager. In this role he was responsible for the conduct of audits and finance-related projects. One of the areas of his responsibilities was assessing internal control systems. Thomas has been working for the Hannover Re Group since October 2013 as a General Manager and has since then been actively involved in the project of the re-domicile of Inter Hannover, mainly with the setup of the Finance & Accounting, Planning & Controlling and the Transformation Management functions. Since 01.01.2015 Thomas is the Chief Financial Officer of HDI Global Specialty SE.

Andreas Bierschenk
Chief Risk Officer
Tel +49 511 5604-1949

Andreas started his career in the Hannover Re Group in 1997. After 5 years working in the actuarial non-life department and developing standards and tools for profitability measurement he assumed responsibility for Underwriting Controlling of the Group’s P&C business within Group Controlling Services. In 2006 he became General Manager for Business Group Controlling for P&C as well as Life & Health reinsurance and was responsible for the implementation of Hannover Re’s Value Based Management Approach. Since January 2014 Andreas has been actively involved in the project of the re-domicile of Inter Hannover, mainly with the setup of the Risk Management, Actuarial and Compliance functions in the new office. Since 01.01.2015 Andreas is the Chief Risk Officer of HDI Global Specialty SE.

Richard Taylor
Chief Marketing Officer
Tel +44 20 7015 4014

Richard Taylor has worked in the UK insurance industry for more than 30 years, specialising in UK industrial and commercial and multinational insurance business. During this time Richard has worked for CIGNA and AIG before joining Gerling in 1988 where he has spent the majority of his career. By 1995 Richard was appointed UK Property Underwriting Manager and in 2003 became a Director of Gerling UK, responsible for all UK Property and Engineering lines of business. In 2005 Richard’s responsibilities where extended to the Lloyds entity and he was appointed to both the Gerling at Lloyds Limited and Gerling Corporate Capital Limited Board’s as Director / Deputy Underwriter. During the period 2002 to 2007 Richard was also responsible for Marketing for both the UK branch and Lloyd’s operation.

Richard was then appointed by the Board of HDI-Gerling Versicherung A.G. as the UK representative and Managing Director of the HDI-Gerling Industrial Insurance Co – UK Branch and HDI-Gerling UK Ltd. In 2010 Richard’s responsibilities have been extended to include the branch operation in Ireland.

In 2016 HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG converted to a European Joint-Stock Company (SE) and the company’s name changed to HDI Global SE. Since 01.08.2018 Richard is the Chief Marketing Officer of HDI Global Specialty SE.

Thomas Barenthein
Member of the Executive Board 
Tel +46 8 617 54 57

Thomas started his career with Skandia International where he worked in various positions, mainly with Aviation underwriting. He then worked outside the insurance business for some years before joining the reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter in 2003.

In 2008 he became the Managing Director for Hannover Re and Inter Hannover in Stockholm. Between 2013 and 2015 he was an Executive Director with Inter Hannover and between 2015 and 2018 he was the Chief Branch Officer and member of the Executive Committee.

He joined HDI Global Specialty on 1 July as the Managing Director of the Scandinavian Branch in Stockholm and as a member of the Executive Board.


As subsidiaries of the Talanx Group, we offer our employees all of the advantages of an international company. Our teams are empowered to work dynamically and show commitment to our partners and shared clients.

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Insurance Solutions

In an increasingly complex and fast-moving world, the definitive test of an insurance company is its ability to recognise and deliver risk and insurance services with minimum fuss. The speed and efficiency of HDI’s service is based upon close and collaborative communication across all the functions in the business, enabling quick decisions, agile service management and immediate claims settlement. We value the close relationships we have with our partners, working together for the benefit of our mutual clients.

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