Baden-Baden, January 21st, 2020
The ARTUS GROUP has joined the international broker partner network EOS RISQ and has been expanding its worldwide service for its customers through this strategic cooperation since the beginning of this year. EOS RISQ is an international partnership of privately owned brokers – each a market leader in their country - offering multinational insurance programs and risk management services for European and global clients. Partners in the network include Assiteca (Italy), Diot (France) and Vanbreda Risk & Benefits (Benelux). Additionally, EOS RISQ works with approximately 150 local brokers worldwide. Many of these same firms have been serving international ARTUS GROUP clients abroad for several years.
The ARTUS GROUP has been active internationally since it’s founding and was a leading member of a European-focused network for over 20 years. These established relationships remain, so that clients and partners will continue to benefit from familiar, trusting partnerships. "While we are expanding our international focus through the new cooperation with EOS RISQ, we are keeping a close eye on our origin, the German “Mittelstand” (mid-sized enterprises). We are broadening our perspective, thus offering our customers local presence and global competence," comments Alexandra Ganz-Cosby, the CEO of ARTUS AG and head of ARTUS International, who has worked in the global insurance industry in Paris, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as in neighboring Switzerland for many years.
"Our service is becoming more comprehensive as our clients’ business is becoming increasingly complex and international," she adds. Companies are exposed to international risks, even without foreign branches. By simply delivering products to foreign countries or locating employees abroad, a company is already subject to typical country-specific risks. For this reason, the individual and independent advice from locally experienced partners, which the ARTUS GROUP is now expanding within the broker partner network EOS RISQ, is all the more valuable.
Munich, January 1, 2020
From the beginning of the year, the management of AKO Versicherungsmakler GmbH & Co. KG has been strengthened through the addition of Bernard Maidment (47), who was appointed Managing Director alongside Wolf-Rüdiger Schmidt (49). From 2007 to 2015, Maidment worked as the head of company pension schemes for AKO. After four-years as an authorized officer at the insurance and business service FIDESSecur, the fully qualified lawyer is now returning to the ARTUS GROUP. Maidment will make use of his legal expertise in the new position as Managing Director.
Wolf-Rüdiger Schmidt, Managing Director at AKO since 2013, brings his more than 30 years of expertise as an industrial insurance broker as well as his experience in looking after major customers and handling major claims. As with most ARTUS companies, executive management will once again take the form of a team in order to provide the best possible resources for customers, employees and external partners.
As a member of the executive management, Wolfgang Hägler (49) joined the AKO management team in January 2020. The insurance specialist, who has a strong focus on customer care and acquisition, was active in the field of insurance and has extensive experience with well-known brokers such as Marsh and AON. Hägler, like Bernard Maidment, changes from FIDESSecur to the ARTUS GROUP and will be responsible for the Composites division.
Ettlingen, January 1, 2020
Effective January 1, 2020, Thomas Weschler (33) was appointed Managing Director of WILHELM HERRMANN Versicherungsmakler GmbH. Since the beginning of last year, he has worked alongside Richard Minet as a member of the executive management and will now, under changed responsibility, manage the company together with him.
Weschler completed his dual studies in business insurance (B.A.) at what was then ASSEKURANZ HERRMANN, a traditional brokerage house in the Ettlingen region, which has since become part of the ARTUS GROUP and operates as WILHELM HERRMANN Versicherungsmakler GmbH. He then gained sales experience and, as assistant to the spokesman for the management, gained insight into the operational and organizational processes of the company right from the start. In other positions as an industrial customer advisor and head of the analysis team, Weschler gained extensive experience in the insurance sectors, in customer care and acquisition. “Thomas Weschler knows the company very well and has had a significant impact on the strategy in recent years. We are very happy to be able to expand the management team with young talent from within our own ranks,” commented Richard Minet, himself a long-time Managing Director within the ARTUS GROUP, who will continue to manage WILHELM HERRMANN Versicherungsmakler GmbH together with Thomas Weschler.
Sissach, January 1, 2020
The Swiss company DR. GYSIN & JEKER AG Vorsorge und Versicherungsberatung based in Sissach (BL) will be headed by Ralph Nyffeler as the new Managing Director from 01/01/2020. Towards the middle of last year, the company joined the ARTUS GROUP, which took over the shares of the founders Christoph Gysin and Marius Jeker. They have made a profound arrangement for succession and continue to work as members of the executive management. With the appointment of Ralph Nyffeler as Managing Director, Dr. GYSIN & JEKER AG is setting another course for the future.
Ralph Nyffeler can look back on 30 years of sound experience in the insurance industry. He started his career at the Basler Versicherungs-Gesellschaft, where he held various positions, including as an instructional trainer and key account manager as well as in sales management. At Sympany Versicherungen AG, the qualified insurance specialist and business economist was initially responsible for broker sales (corporate customers) and then for corporate business, including broker and direct sales with administration and sales. In 2016, he finally moved to DR. GYSIN & JEKER AG as senior account manager and played a key role in shaping their future while in that position.
Baden-Baden, August 1, 2019
The ARTUS GROUP continues to grow and strengthen itself in the Rhineland. The international industrial insurance broker GFA Insurance Services GmbH is currently being integrated into the group and merged with the existing ARTUS company TREU ASS Assekuranzmakler GmbH at the Langenfeld location. The company headquarters were moved to the premises of TREU ASS from July 15, 2019, and in the fourth quarter of this year, the two companies are to be legally merged.
GFA Insurance Services GmbH has been advising clients from trade and industry for over two decades. The company optimally reflects the existing skills of ARTUS and, conversely, benefits from the merger with TREU ASS and the synergies within the group.
Competence centers bundle expertise, the international segment can be expanded. The improved market position and the strengthening of cooperation with insurers in the region are also to be implemented for the benefit of customers.
“The focus of our work is on our customers and the people who work there. Long-term customer satisfaction is our primary corporate goal,” comments Ralph Biermann, Managing Director of GFA, who continued his brokerage as a family business and shares the philosophy of the ARTUS GROUP.
Thomas Wiening, Managing Director of TREU ASS Assekuranzmakler GmbH, is also looking forward to working with Ralph Biermann and his team in the future: “At ARTUS, regional entrepreneurship is in the foreground. As a strong unified body, we can also draw on valuable resources. We are looking forward to the integration of GFA and to further expanding our top position for our customers and employees.”
Baden-Baden, July 11, 2019
The ARTUS GROUP is strengthening itself on the Swiss market through the strategic acquisition of
DR. GYSIN & JEKER AG Vorsorge- und Versicherungsberatung. In addition to various German brokerages, IC UNICON AG, based in Reinach / BL, belongs to the ARTUS GROUP. As of July 1, 2019, the company took over the shares of the two partners Marius Jeker and Christoph Gysin, who see this as a successful and sustainable step for the further development of the company. “With the
ARTUS GROUP, we were able to find a new owner with common values and ideas. We are setting the course for the future,” commented Christoph Gysin and Marius Jeker.
IC UNICON AG is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is considered the most important insurance broker in northwestern Switzerland. “The partnership with DR. GYSIN & JEKER AG strengthens our position as a professional, independent broker in all aspects of insurance. We are looking forward to a successful collaboration,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director of IC UNICON AG.
The company name DR. GYSIN & JEKER AG, the location in Sissach and the previous team with Ralph Nyffeler, Jürg Bucher and Ursula Engel remain unchanged. As part of the succession plan, Ralph Nyffeler will take over the management on January 1, 2020.
The two previous owners, Marius Jeker and Christoph Gysin, will continue to be members of the executive management and will lead the company together with Ralph Nyffeler and Thomas Schneider from IC UNICON AG towards a sustainable future. Together, the two Swiss companies offer their customers even better service and competence. Thanks to the international network of the ARTUS GROUP, customers can also benefit from services and know-how that go beyond national borders.
Baden-Baden, May 15, 2019
The ARTUS GROUP has been awarded the "Fair Training" seal. The independent institute Trendence anonymously surveyed all current trainees in the group regarding the application process, onboarding, course of training and prospects. We take this feedback very seriously. It is extremely valuable to help us keep improving. We are all the more pleased about the extremely well-founded evaluation of our potential and the many positive impressions from within the ranks of our trainees!
Baden-Baden, May 7, 2019
The FRIEDRICH GANZ Foundation, together with the city of Kuppenheim and the Mittelbaden Clinic, has developed a new range of care provisions for Mittelbaden.
The aim is to provide younger people with inpatient care needs with a new range of provisions that is ideally tailored to their requirements. In addition, people in need of care are given inpatient short-term care in Kuppenheim after a stay in the clinic or if caring relatives cannot provide the needed care.
A total of 75 spaces are to be created in the new house. Of these, 30 places are permanently provided for the so-called “young care” and 30 places for short-term care for all age groups. Another 15 spaces can be used variably and as required for one of the areas.
The range of provisions for "young care" is aimed specifically at younger adults in need of care from the age of 18, but people up to the age of 65 can also be admitted.
"We found the right place for our concept in the heart of Kuppenheim," said Friedrich Ganz while presenting the concept.
Karsten Mußler, Mayor of the city of Kuppenheim, agrees with this view. In various preliminary talks and with the involvement of the local council, a possibility had been found to build a second nursing home for Kuppenheim in the Pfaffenacker construction area, a 4,300 sqm site in the city. The proposed combination of provisions complements the options already available at Haus Fichtental and represents an important bridge to other offers in outpatient care and assisted living concepts.
"I am very grateful for the commitment of the foundation, which was founded two years ago, and also see an important new range of provisions beyond the needs of the city of Kuppenheim in segments that have so far not been available at all or not sufficiently in Mittelbaden," added Kuppenheim's mayor.
With the Mittelbaden Clinic, which is closely involved in the development of the new provision structures and will be responsible for the new nursing home, a nonprofit-oriented operator has been found who has extensive experience in inpatient care.
The board of trustees of the Friedrich Ganz foundation and the supervisory board of Klinikum Mittelbaden gGmbH have already approved the new range of care provisions.
If the municipal council of the city of Kuppenheim supports the necessary changes in planning law, construction of the project costing around EUR 10 million can be expected to start in the spring of 2020.
Baden-Baden, March 16, 2019
The ARTUS GROUP has been named the most sustainable insurance broker in Germany for the second time in a row. The award was published in a recent study by FOCUS/DEUTSCHLAND TEST (issue 12/19, 03/16/2019). Ecological factors aren’t the only things taken into account, also social and economic factors. Together, these form the basis for long-term, sustainable economic and social development.
“For a second generation family company, this award is particularly important,” says Alexandra Ganz-Cosby, CEO of ARTUS AG. While the term “sustainable development” was first coined in the 1990s, in more recent decades it has increasingly become a strategic factor for success. “We as a company understand our responsibility to contribute to this development, even beyond the legal requirements. Our benchmark should not just be compliance regulations but ethical, value-oriented actions. And we are particularly pleased that this commitment has had a noticeable effect on consumers as well,” adds Alexandra Ganz-Cosby, who also leads the International division of the ARTUS GROUP with this in mind.
Hamburg, January 1, 2019
Alexandra Stadelmann, 45, has reinforced HVM’s management board since January 1, 2019. The experienced insurance specialist and all-rounder previously worked for brokerage firms Willis and AON as an account manager, before initially becoming an authorized representative of medium-sized Hamburg-based broker Jenichen Kappelmann Wagenseil, where she was responsible for sales and customer service.
Together with her management colleague Markus Dollwet, 57, Alexandra Stadelmann brings a high level of competence and many years of experience in assisting high-profile customers from industry, trade, construction, real estate and freelance professions. She will focus in particular on the areas of animal feed and agricultural economics. Thanks to her great network, e.g. in WIA (Women in Agribusiness), she can offer significant additional value to customers in this industry.
Hamburg, July 20, 2018
HVM - Hamburger Versicherungsmakler GmbH is under new leadership. Markus Dollwet, 56, has been appointed the new Managing Director of the ARTUS AG subsidiary.
The experienced jurist has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years and has already been a Managing Director and key account handler within the ARTUS GROUP since 2016. “We are delighted that Markus Dollwet, an expert from among our own ranks, will be handling HVM’s affairs,” explains Alexandra Ganz-Cosby, Chair of the Management Board of ARTUS AG.
Our collaboration with previous Managing Director Dr. Peter Marx has come to an end and new, top-level management has been appointed. The transition for customers, employees and business partners will therefore be extremely smooth and the team can continue to provide HVM’s usual high-quality impeccable advice and service.
Before joining the ARTUS GROUP, Markus Dollwet spent many years in managerial positions at renowned firms such as Funk and Willis. Even at the beginning of his career in the 1990s, he was involved in the expansion of ARTUS Versicherungsagentur GmbH.
“As an independent family company, we represent neutrality and integrity, transparency and stable, long-term partnerships on equal terms,” emphasizes Alexandra Ganz-Cosby. “Markus Dollwet has our complete trust and will protect the interests of our customers in accordance with our business culture.”
Baden-Baden, December 13, 2017
ARTUS AG, as the holding company of the Group, has set its sights on the future. Chairman of the Management Board and shareholder Friedrich Ganz, 70, will leave the Management Board on 12/31/2017. He will take over the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board from Helmut Kühl, who is standing down from the role. The new Chair of the Management Board will be business administration graduate Alexandra Ganz-Cosby, 47, who was previously a member of the Management Board. She will also continue to take responsibility for the International division of the ARTUS GROUP. This shows how the company is taking the growing importance of international customers on the insurance market into account.
Alexandra Ganz-Cosby, who has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, began her professional career in insurance in 1989. After completing her studies in insurance and then business in Cologne, she began working for a large broker in Paris in 1995, where she was responsible for international customers in the import and export field. She then worked as an international underwriter for a global insurance provider in Paris and Los Angeles. In 2005, the daughter of the company’s founder made a stop at the family company FRIEDRICH GANZ Versicherungsmakler GmbH to expand the international sector. In 2009, she went to Switzerland and Chicago to develop a global network. She returned to the ARTUS GROUP in 2012 as the manager of the International competence center. She became a member of the Management Board at the beginning of this year.
As a second generation family company, the ARTUS GROUP has restructured and expanded its management in recent years. With Ralf Kammer (NABER) for the Industry division and Bernhard Fritsch (WOLFGANG OTT) for freelance professions, the Managing Directors of two ARTUS companies have been appointed to the Management Board. They manage the Group’s operations alongside Chief Financial Officer Michael Cosby.
The management level that assists the Management Board in various areas of expertise also remains unchanged. As adviser to the Management Board, Carmen Ganz is responsible for the divisions HR, Marketing and Organization. Managing Director Marcellus Glovania (NÜRAS) is responsible for the Quality division.
While the restructured Management Board of ARTUS AG is responsible for the strategic orientation of the Group on a national and international level, ARTUS also continues to rely on strong regional Group companies. The structure, which has proved to be successful for many years, consists of flexible units - in close proximity to customers, personally and individually - combined into one great, strong unit. “With business people who manage their units successfully and grow together with ARTUS, and a management level that combines skills and promotes knowledge transfer within the Group, we are extremely well-equipped to meet the challenges of the coming years,” emphasizes Friedrich Ganz. He knows that he is handing the leadership of the ARTUS GROUP over to qualified managers.
Baden-Baden, November 23, 2017
Through its subsidiary Jung, DMS & Cie., the JDC Group is acquiring two subsidiaries from the ARTUS GROUP. The acquisition primarily involves private customer contracts in the life, health and property insurance divisions, i.e. divisions with longer investment periods and low termination rates.
Upon acquisition, the contracts made with the approximately 50 brokers in Assekuranz Herrmann’s core organization will also be handed over to Jung, DMS & Cie. The industrial business has not been sold and will remain part of the ARTUS GROUP at its Ettlingen site. Cooperation in the industrial division between the acquired core organization and the ARTUS GROUP will be further expanded.
“Even at the beginning of the year, when the ARTUS GROUP took over the private and industrial business of Assekuranz Herrmann, the JDC GROUP expressed its interest in acquiring the contracts that had already been processed via its management technology,” says Friedrich Ganz, Chairman of the Management Board and shareholder of ARTUS AG. Through the Jung, DMS & Cie. Group, the JDC Group provides modern consulting and management technologies in the “advisortech” field. The private customer contracts now acquired from the ARTUS GROUP have previously been processed via this technology for many years, so there will be no significant changes for customers.