On April 1, Dot Cownie will join Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) as Global Head of Human Resources (HR), based in London. She succeeds Anne Lebel, who has left AGCS to take on a new role at Natixis in Paris, France. Cownie will lead AGCS’ global HR team of circa 100 specialists worldwide, with a particular focus on talent development and building leadership capabilities at all levels of the company. AGCS employs more than 5,000 people in 29 locations globally.
An experienced HR professional with a broad background in financial services, Cownie joins AGCS from Barclays Bank where she was Head of Organizational Development for Global Operations and Investment Bank Operations & Technology. Prior to that, she held a variety of senior HR roles at GE Capital, the financial services unit of American conglomerate General Electric. Her earlier career highlights include a range of roles at UK-based banks Abbey National and National Westminster.
AGCS Chief Operating Officer Sinéad Browne said: “I look forward to working with Dot Cownie to further develop and build our global HR function. I’m confident that under her leadership we will continue to move from strength to strength in this key area of the business. In welcoming Dot, I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Anne Lebel for her great contribution to our organization over the last eight years.”