Appendix A. Company Profiles

This appendix contains a short description of each company that appears in the executive overviews of the book, as well as short introductions of the interviewed executives.

Achmea (Europe)

Achmea is part of Eureko, a leading European conglomerate in financial services. Eureko is the holding company for a group of strong insurance brands in 11 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, and, since 2008, Russia. Eureko is a cooperative organization. As a result, the company's mindset is a balanced stakeholder approach, rather than a focus primarily on shareholders. Eureko's goal is to create value for all its equally important stakeholders: customers, distribution partners, shareholders, and employees. Eureko's core business is insurance—life, non-life, and health—and services relating to pensions and health. Eureko has over 10 billion euro revenue, and has close to 24,000 employees.

Jeroen van Breda Vriesman, member of the board of Achmea, held various positions in financial services before being appointed chairman of Division Occupational Health in 2004. He became chairman of Division Achmea Health in 2006. As of October 2008, he became a member of the Executive Board of Eureko. His core responsibilities include Health, Life & Pensions and Group Information Management & Technology.

Cox Communications (United States)

With more than 6 million customers and nearly 21,000 employees, Cox Communications ...

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