Wolf Becke - Curriculum Vitae

Born: 1947 in Halle/Saale, currently living and working in Hamburg, Germany

Nationality: German 

Marital Status: married, two children born in 1987 (daughter) and in 1991 (son)

  • Education
  • Career Development
  • Personal Interests
1966Primary and secondary education in Bonn/Germany, with graduation (Abitur)
1966 - 1968Military service in German army
1968 - 1973Studies in Mathematics, Physics and Economics at the Universities of Bonn and Freiburg i.Br.
1973graduating as M.Sc. (Diplom-Mathematiker)
1973 - 1978Post-graduate studies and lecturing at the Department of Pure Mathematics of the University Freiburg i.Br.
1978 graduating as Ph.D.
    1978Joined Hamburg International Re (HIR), a medium-sized professional reinsurer, headquartered in Hamburg/Germany, as 'management trainee'
    1983Appointment as Head of Life Reinsurance of HIR
    1985Promotion to Executive Director at HIR in charge of Life Reinsurance, Financials and Accounting
    1987additionally in charge of Investments
    1990Joined Hannover Re (HR), Hannover/Germany as Executive Director, with the strategic mandate to develop the Company into a well-diversified, internationally active life and health reinsurer

    Promotion to Executive Board Member (Vorstandsmitglied) of Hannover Re Group in charge of 
    - Non-Life Reinsurance Business in Africa, Asie and Australasia
    - Life & Health Reinsurance worldwide

    1999Appointment to CEO of Hannover Life Re, the business group in charge of all life,health, annuity and personal accident activities
    end of 2011Retired as Executive Board Member of Hannover Re Group and CEO of Hannover Life Re
    since early 2012Works as independent strategic advisor in insurance and reinsurance, with several board mandates in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA
     June 2013Received the prestigious John S. Bickley Founder's Award - Gold Medal for Excellence - from International Insurance Society, New York
    2016AEGON Blue Square Re N.V. : Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    2017VitalityLife UK : Chairman of the Board of Directors
    2017FWU AG : Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board 



    • Reading non-business-related books
    • Outdoor activities like cycling, mountain hiking and skiing
    • Travelling to remote places
    • Hard Rock music and Mozart Operas