Net premiums written 1999: $5,866m (£4,116.8m)

European head office: Riethorst 2, 30659, Hannover, Germany.

Tel: +49 511 645 0 Fax: +49 511 645 4504

Established in 1903

Main classes of business: All classes except health

1903 Founded by German industry as industrial insurer in Frankfurt.
1919 Head Office transferred to Hannover.
1920 Foundation of Fire Damage Association of Rhineland-Westphalian Collieries, a subsequent merger partner of HDI.
1923 Foundation of reinsurer E+S Rückversicherungs-AG, Hannover.
1966 Foundation of Hannover Rückversicherungs (Hannover Re), Hannover.
1970 HDI merges with Feuerschadenverband.
1987 Foundation of HST Hannover Sicherheitstechnik Hannover.
1991 Foundation of HDI Leben, Hannover.
1994 Foundation of HDI International Holding, The Hague. Hannover Re goes public.
1996 Acquisition of today's Aspecta Lebensversicherung, Hamburg Acquisition of today's CiV Versicherung, Düsseldorf.
1997 Acquisition of BNC Assicurazioni, Rome. Takeover of 100% of Hannover Paulista
Seguros, São Paulo, Brazil. Hannover Re takes over Skandia International, Stockholm.
1998 HDI founds PB Lebensversicherung and PB Versicherung in joint venture with Post AG and Postbank Hannover Re acquires Clarendon Insurance Group, New York.

Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl Chairman
Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl was born August 17, 1943, in Karlsbad. After obtaining a law degree, he joined Aachener und Münchener Versicherung as department manager in 1973 and became a member of the board in 1981. He became chairman in 1988 and then chairman of HDI in 1993.

Group executive committee:
Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl, chairman; Nicolaus Bocklandt Isernhagen; Hendrik Jan van der Hoeven; Norbert Kox; Dipl Ing Wilfried Mahler;
Erwin Möller; Norbert Winter; Wilhelm Zeller

Hannover International Aktiengesellschaft für Industrieversicherungen, Austria; Hannover International (Belgique) Belgium; HDI Praha, Czech Republic; Hannover International, France; Hannover Life Reassurance (UK); Hannover Life Services (UK); Hannover Services, UK; International Insurance Company of Hannover, UK; Hannover Re Advanced Solutions, Ireland; Hannover Life Reassurance (Ireland); Hannover Reinsurance (Ireland) ; BNC Assicurazioni, Italy; Hannover Re Services, Italy; HDI International Holding, Netherlands; Hannover; International Insurance, Netherlands; Hannover; Rückversicherungs-AG Insurance Company, Sweden; Hannover International España, Spain; HDI Niederlassung Schweiz, Switzerland