Michal Špaňár appointed Chief Executive Officer Union Slovakia

Michal Špaňár has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Union, Achmea's insurance company in Slovakia, effective October 12, 2015. Mr. Špaňár brings more than 15 years of relevant industry experience, having previously served in different executive roles at ING Group, Allianz and other financial services companies.

Mr. Jack Buckens, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Union, is pleased to welcome the new CEO for Union and praises Mr. Špaňár’s trackrecord. “In the Czech Republic, Michal Špaňár helped to build ING into a market leader in employee benefits and in four years, transformed the largest Brazilian insurer SulAmerica in a modern financial enterprise. With his background Michal is well placed to lead the strategy of accelerating the growth of Union. I have the confidence that he is the best man for the job and will support him wherever I can.”

Michal Špaňár: "I am thankful for the trust that Achmea showed in selecting me as the new CEO of Union. I am looking forward to working with Union's dedicated team in helping our customers make better informed decisions about securing their health, risks and financial future. I am confident that my extensive international experience will help accelerate Union's growth from customer, employee and financial perspectives."

About Union Insurance Company
Union Insurance Company offers a wide range of products for life, non-life and health insurance for both individual and corporate clients. Established in 1992, Union Insurance Company is considered one of the most experienced insurance companies on the Slovak market. Since 1997 Union Insurance Company is a subsidiary of the largest Dutch insurance group Achmea together with its sister Union Health Insurance Company, which was established in 2006. Union Health Insurance Company provides services to over 450,000 customers.

About Achmea
Active in 5 countries outside the Netherlands, Achmea is the holding company for a group of strong, successful insurance brands in Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Australia and Slovakia. Within its organisational structure, these brands are managed by operating companies. Each operating company has deep understanding of its local market and target audience, and is extremely customer-focused. Achmea provides support by, among other activities, facilitating the exchange of skills and experience across the Group.