Dr Edgar Puls has gained the reputation of being a man of action at HDI Global SE: someone who can develop a clear vision and does not shy away from the consequent decision-making needed for its realisation. These qualities, coupled with his specialist expertise, are reflected in a rapid career progression that has now taken him to the very top of the industrial insurer and brought him a seat on the Board of Management of Talanx AG.
In 2001 he joined the organisation as a technical risk expert with HDI Sicherheitstechnik GmbH in Essen. Four years later he rose to the position of Departmental Manager at what is now HDI Risk Consulting GmbH, and by 2010 he was Sales Director Industry at head office. In February 2013 he experienced a true baptism of fire, moving to the Netherlands when things there were not going well. He steered the company through troubled waters and his systematic actions put the entity back on the successful footing where it stands today. “Whenever a door opened to me I was always curious enough to go through it”, he explains
At the age of 40 the family man with one son was appointed to the Management Board of HDI Global SE, initially with responsibility for motor insurance and for steering the European entities (excluding the United Kingdom and Austria). This included branches in Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Working in cooperation with his colleagues, he put the business on a broader base by having the industrial insurer devote closer attention to small and mid-sized enterprises, the so-called mid-market segment, hence prompting it to open additional offices in numerous countries located in high-growth regions