Interview with Caroline Schlienkamp

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Caroline Schlienkamp has her career firmly rooted in the Talanx Group: Head of Group Legal, nomination for the Talanx Excellence Programme, development of the Talanx Purpose, appointment as a Board Member. Today, she is one of the most important minds of the company. What motivates her?

“If you don’t show up, you won’t be seen.”


Caroline Schlienkamp is standing in front of the new “village house” where she lives, with a big smile on her face. The idyllic half-timbered village near Hannover has around 800 residents. “Our village needed a shop and a meeting place where people can laugh and chat together,” she reported on the initiative to establish a “village house”. “It was a long journey with a lot of hurdles, but everybody had a lot of fun and we developed a great sense of togetherness on the way.” She was joined by around a dozen other residents of the village in her commitment to the idea of creating a greater sense of community. After five years and overcoming some tough challenges, the dream became a reality. A few days ago, the shop and café – the “village house” – was opened as a meeting place for everybody. “It’s even licensed to hold civil marriages,” enthuses Caroline Schlienkamp about the scope for lots of community events in future.

The story has more in common with her professional career than is obvious at first glance. Caroline Schlienkamp looks after the legal side of the “village house” initiative in a voluntary capacity. But that’s pretty run-of-the-mill stuff for the commercial lawyer. After all, as Head of Group Legal for Talanx AG, she’s normally dealing with the legal aspects of multi-million takeovers or long-term cooperation agreements with banking partners – to name just two examples. Since April, she has also been responsible for the areas of Data Protection and Compliance.

“Together” in all aspects of life
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