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A brief history of the Gerling Group

The changing logo over the years

1904 At the age of 26, Robert Gerling sets up the in- surance agency “Bureau für Versicherungswesen Robert Gerling & Co. mbH” in Cologne – the germ cell of the Gerling Insurance Group.

1918 Allgemeine Versicherungs-AG starts up, the pre- decessor of Gerling-Konzern Allgemeine Versiche- rungs-AG.


1922 Gerling-Konzern Lebensversicherungs-AG and Gerling-Konzern Rückversicherungs-AG are founded under the roof of the holding company Rheinische Versicherungs-Gruppe AG. Robert Gerling is now operating German Property, Life and Reinsurance business through own companies.

1935 After Robert Gerling’s death Walter Forstreuter heads the group.

1945 Four weeks after the end of World War II Hans Gerling is licensed as an insurer by the American military government.


1955 Expansion beyond the borders of Germany starts – Gerling-Konzern Globale Rückversiche- rungs-AG sets up subsidiaries in Canada.

1969 Establishment of the Gerling Institute for Loss Research and Loss Prevention, the nucleus of the Gerling Consulting Group

1974 After the collapse of the bank I.D. Herstatt KgaA Hans Gerling temporarily loses the majority stake of his Group and changes to a position in the supervisory board.


1978 Hans Gerling regains the position of chairman of the executive board.

1986 Hans Gerling repurchases a majority share- holding of his Group.

1991 Hans Gerling dies.

1992 Rolf Gerling becomes chairman of the supervisory board. Deutsche Bank AG acquires 30% of the Gerling holding company’s capital.

since 1998

1998 Restructuring of primary insurance business in Germany: Gerling Industrie-Service AG and Gerling Firmen- und Privat-Service AG are set up.

2001 Gerling-Konzern Speziale Kreditversicherungs-AG and the Dutch NCM Holding N.V. merge to be- come Gerling NCM Credit and Finance AG, the second largest credit insurer worldwide.

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