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New leadership team for combined Fireman’s Fund and Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty North America business

  • Andrew Torrance will step down as President & CEO of Fireman’s Fund effective January 1, 2015.

  • Art Moossmann becomes new President & CEO of both Fireman’s Fund and AGCS North America.

  • Leadership team for combined Fireman’s Fund / AGCS North America announced.

  • Single Global Heads to lead AGCS’s worldwide Aviation and Marine & Energy teams New AGCS Global Line of Business announced for Entertainment

PRESS RELEASE - Novato/New York/Munich/London. December 12, 2014

A new team will lead the combined Fireman’s Fund and Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty North American business beginning in 2015. Andrew Torrance, current President & CEO of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (FFIC), will step down from his position effective January 1, 2015, handing over this role to Art Moossmann, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) with responsibility for North America. Mr. Moossmann will take on dual responsibility for both FFIC and AGCS North America* (AGCS NA), as President & CEO of both organizations. Mr. Torrance will continue to be available to support the ongoing review of future options for the FFIC Personal Insurance business. Hugh Burgess, AGCS NA’s current CEO, will become AGCS’s Global Head of Mid-Corporate effective January 1st, as previously announced.

In September, AGCS and FFIC announced the integration of their commercial P&C businesses in the US to create one face to the market under the Allianz brand. This will take effect from January 1, 2015, with the transition to the Allianz brand taking place over the course of 2015. Options are still being considered for the FFIC Personal Insurance business. It is the intention, subject to legal and regulatory approval, to ultimately separate and consolidate the legacy business of FFIC, including legacy Asbestos & Environment exposures, legacy Worker’s Compensation, and legacy Construction Defect liabilities, into a stand-alone company, San Francisco Re (SF Re), which is currently a subsidiary of FFIC. SF Re will become part of the new Allianz Group unit, Allianz Runoff Management.

In addition to the CEO, the structure and leadership team for the combined organization will also come into place effective January 1, 2015. The new leadership structure aligns with the global business model of AGCS, reflects the regional scope of the North American market, and brings FFIC and AGCS managers into one team under Art Moossmann. The leadership team will coordinate the transition from the current structure to the new AGCS structure in 2015.

This leadership team will not only oversee the integration of the FFIC Commercial Lines management into AGCS and run the combined business in the future, but will also take responsibility for the Personal Insurance division of FFIC, pending decisions on the future direction of this part of the business. Kathleen Zortman, currently President of FFIC Personal Insurance, will continue to be responsible for the Personal Insurance division in the new organization, reporting directly to Art Moossmann. Kevin Walker will remain as Chief Financial Officer for Fireman’s Fund reporting to Mr. Moossmann during the transition period while also taking over as head of Allianz Runoff Management US and CEO of SF Re. Randy Renn, AGCS NA’s current CFO will afterwards step into the role of CFO for the combined AGCS/FFIC North American business. A full view of the AGCS NA leadership is available on the AGCS website.

As a result of these moves, AGCS’s Aviation and Marine & Energy Lines of Business will now be led by single Global Heads with expanded geographical responsibilities. Henning Haagen becomes Global Head of Aviation and Paul O’Neill becomes Global Head of Marine & Energy, taking over the responsibilities for the Americas from Joe Strickland and John Barnwell respectively, both of whom join the new AGCS NA leadership team in new roles. Entertainment will also become a new global Line of Business for AGCS Specialty under the leadership of Lauren Bailey, current Vice President of Entertainment for FFIC.

Gary Bhojwani, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and Chairman, Allianz of America, Inc. commented: “I want to thank Andrew for his excellent work and the professionalism he showed at the helm of Fireman’s Fund during a challenging period. His experience and business acumen were especially important in recent months at the start of this reconfiguration and the handover of leadership which will see this transition through to the new combined business.”

Chris Fischer Hirs, who becomes CEO of AGCS SE from January 1, 2015, adds: “The US commercial P&C market has great potential for Allianz, which we can best support as one company, with FFIC and AGCS expertise in combination under Art’s leadership. This means we can now face our clients and business partners under one brand and one team – a great opportunity to develop a strong and sustainable Allianz business in this important market.”


*Legal names of AGCS NA companies:  Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, Allianz Underwriting Insurance and AGCS Marine Insurance Company.


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