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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Hires Patrick Thiels to Lead New Mediterranean Region

Patrick Thiels, previously CEO of HDI Gerling in Belgium and Luxembourg, will join Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) from April 1 2013 to lead the industrial insurer’s new ‘Mediterranean’ region, taking overall responsibility for France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, as well as for the Maghreb states – a group of countries which represents 21% of AGCS’s global portfolio.

PRESS RELEASE - Munich, October 18, 2012

Mr. Thiels joins AGCS from HDI Gerling where, prior to taking up his most recent role as CEO in Belgium and Luxembourg in 2006, he was Managing Director of Gerling-Konzern in Belgium from 2001. He is a Belgian national with a 30 year career in insurance and management, and has extensive experience in leading and setting up new strategic business units and in managing operational companies across national boundaries. With a first university degree in Economics, Accountancy and IT, he also studied HR management and insurance management as a postgraduate.

Andreas Berger, AGCS Chief Regions & Markets Officer commented: “This region contains a large number of AGCS’s largest and most important clients. Patrick is the ideal candidate to lead this region’s future expansion, working with the managers in each country to further strengthen our client services.”


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