Born in 1964 in Vienna, Hermann Fried studied business administration and is an expert in health insurance. Before joining Wiener Städtische Versicherung in 1998, he worked for the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions and the Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund. In addition to his full-time responsibilities, he was also Scientific Director at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Health Economics, as well as an expert on health insurance at the Zukunftsforum think tank, part of the Austrian Federal Chancellery.
Strong potential in health insuranceVIG’s Agenda 2020 management programme places a special emphasis on strengthening the Group’s health insurance business in its various markets. There is especially strong growth potential in this segment in Central and Eastern Europe. Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of this area, Hermann Fried will coordinate and strengthen the Group’s activities in this key line of business.
Slovakia: a flagship market for VIG
VIG laid the foundations for its successful expansion in the CEE region in the former Czechoslovakia in 1990. The Group currently has three companies in Slovakia, and is the market leader by some distance, with a market share of 34 percent. Komunálna joined the Vienna Insurance Group in 2001 and offers both life and non-life insurance through around 80 offices across Slovakia. The company reported premium income of around EUR 194m in 2017. VIG’s Slovakian Group companies generated combined premium income of EUR 810m last year. With economic growth forecast to average 3.7 percent until 2020 (Austria: 1.7 percent) and insurance density of EUR 418, compared with about EUR 2,000 in Austria, the outlook for the Slovakian market remains promising.