Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: Vienna Insurance Group
Job title: Chief executive officer
2016: Chief executive officer, Vienna Insurance Group
2014: General manager, Donau Versicherung
2009: Chief executive officer, ERGO Austria International
2005: Member of the managing board, Raiffeisen
Versicherung and FinanceLife Lebensversicherung
2003–2009: Member of the managing board of UNIQA
Personenversicherung and Call Direct Versicherung
1983: Joined Bundesländer Versicherung,
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
As you know women in leadership positions are rare. It is
more challenging to convince people of your competence
for a top position and you have to be favoured by fortune
to take a chance at the right time. After a long-term career
at my first insurance company where I was already a board
member I got an offer to take over leadership as CEO of the
subsidiary of an international German insurance group. This
was an important step from being a member of the board to
being the leader of the board.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I have devoted my entire professional life to the insurance
business and I have not regretted it for a moment. I would
choose this profession again. I am convinced that it is a
wonderful mission to take care of people’s risks and offer
Elisabeth Stadler studied actuarial mathematics at the
Vienna University of Technology and has made a career in
the Austrian insurance industry as a member and chair of
In May 2014, she was awarded the title of ‘professor’ for
her services to the insurance industry by Federal Minister
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I have to say that I really like figures. Since I was a child
it was my wish to study mathematics. I studied actuarial
mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology,
graduating in 1983 with the title of State Certified Actuary.
It was predetermined to start my business career in the
insurance industry. I have been working for the insurance
industry for more than 33 years now.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
My current position. I was appointed as CEO of Vienna
Insurance Group in January 2016. Vienna Insurance Group
is the leading insurance specialist in Austria as well as in
Central and Eastern Europe with 50 companies in 25 countries
and more than 20 million customers. We are the best-rated
company of ATX, the leading index of the Vienna Stock
Exchange. To lead such a big and international group is a
personal and major challenge and definitely a highlight in
“I am convinced that it is a wonderful
mission to take care of people’s risks and
offer financial protection.”
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