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

    1999 Appointment to CEO of Hannover Life Re, the business group in charge of all life,health, annuity and personal accident activities
    end of 2011 Retired as Executive Board Member of Hannover Re Group and CEO of Hannover Life Re
    since early 2012 Works as independent strategic advisor in insurance and reinsurance, with several board mandates in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA
     June 2013 Received the prestigious John S. Bickley Founder's Award - Gold Medal for Excellence - from International Insurance Society, New York
    2017-2020 VitalityLife UK : Chairman of the Board of Directors
    2017 FWU AG : Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board 
    2016-2021 AEGON Blue Square Re N.V. : Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    2021 PSF Capital (Scotland) GP Ltd. : Independent Non-Executive Director
    2021 Disruptive Capital Acquisition Company: Chairman of the Board of Directors



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