PRESS RELEASE. Johannesburg, May 25 2017.
Delphine Traoré Maïdou, regional COO for Allianz in Africa, was announced as Insurance CEO of the Year at AfricaRe’s African Insurance Awards for her previous role as CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Arica. Held in Kampala, Uganda on May 22 at the African Insurance Organization’s (AIO) 44thConference, the awards foster best corporate management, leadership, governance as well as innovative and sustainable growth in the insurance sector.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank leaders in Africa for guiding me in shaping my career since my return to the continent five years ago. Importantly, I would like to thank Allianz for giving me the opportunity and the platform to contribute towards the development and growth of insurance in Africa,” said Delphine, who worked in North America for close to twenty years.
The CEO of the Year Award is given to managing directors of insurance companies for demonstrating sound management and leadership through the promotion of professionalism and best practices in their own companies and across the continent. The event also recognized her efforts in developing and growing the insurance sector as President of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA) and member of the African Risk Capacity’s Outbreak & Epidemic (O&E) Advisory Panel.
This is the second award Delphine receives this year. The first was for CEO of the Year from Africa Economy Builders Awards in April. Under her leadership, AGCS Africa expanded its number of employees and range of insurance solutions for corporate clients significantly across the region.
She has transformed the IISA resulting in the appointment of its first black female CEO Designate and enabled it to collaborate with similar institutions across the continent on education and skills development. As a member of the O&E Advisory Panel of the African Risk Capacity from 2016, Delphine contributes to the development of insurance solutions for the African Union against outbreaks and epidemics.
At the beginning of this year, Delphine was appointed to the board of management of Allianz Africa where she is responsible for the development of the Allianz Group’s business in the continent. She remains a non-executive member of the board of management of AGCS Africa.