Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty appoints crisis management expert to boost global Liability team

Press Release | 13 January 2015 | London/Munich
  • Under direction of Christof Bentele, AGCS will further develop existing and new products in the area of crisis management
  • Bentele worked for both insurers and brokers in senior management positions and is one of the top crisis management experts in the industry
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) has appointed Christof  Bentele as Head of Crisis Management, a key growth area for AGCS’s global Liability team. He reports to Michael Hohmann, Global Head of Liability at AGCS, and is based in London. Under Christof Bentele’s direction, AGCS aims to further develop and combine existing and new products in the areas of product recall & contamination, terrorism and political violence.

Christof has 20 years’ experience in the global insurance sector having worked in Germany, Dubai and the UK for both international insurers and brokers. In his previous roles, he has held senior board level positions at two major brokers where he was responsible for developing and coordinating the crisis management strategies for both clients and third party producers. His areas of expertise include terrorism, political risk, product recall & contamination.

Michael Hohmann, AGCS Global Head of Liability said: “This is the first time AGCS has recruited an expert solely focused on this area. Christof is one of the top crisis management experts in the industry and has worked in all elements of the sector – broker, insurer, reinsurer, client – so he can give a 360 degree analysis for our global network. The changing geo-political situation creates new risks and threats for our clients affecting their businesses, their assets and people. Whether that is the ever expanding supply chain or the growing threat of terrorism or political violence  they all have one thing in common: Our clients have to deal with issues outside their comfort zone. We therefore feel that it is the right time for AGCS to invest in supporting our clients with bespoke solutions in the area of crisis management making full use with Allianz’ extensive network and global reach.”

Christof Bentele
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is the Allianz Group's dedicated carrier for corporate and specialty insurance business. AGCS provides insurance and risk consultancy across the whole spectrum of specialty, alternative risk transfer and corporate business: Marine, Aviation (incl. Space), Energy, Engineering, Entertainment, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability, Mid-Corporate and Property insurance (incl. International Insurance Programs).

Worldwide, AGCS operates with its own teams in 34 countries and through the Allianz Group network and partners in over 210 countries and territories, employing almost 4,700 people of 70 nationalities. AGCS provides insurance solutions to more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500 companies, writing a total of €7.4 billion gross premium worldwide in 2017.

AGCS SE is rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and A+ by A.M. Best.
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