Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty announces senior underwriting appointments

Press Release | August 9, 2016 | London/Munich/Singapore
  • Thierry Portevin is appointed Global Head of Property and will specialize in offering commercial property insurance for complex and challenging exposures
  • Chris van Gend is appointed Global Head of Engineering and will manage specialist cover for all aspects of engineering and construction insurance
  • Tina Baacke is appointed Global Head of Allianz Risk Consulting which supports clients to deliver solutions to the management, control and reduction of risks

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) announced several senior underwriting appointments. Effective October 1, 2016, Thierry Portevin will take over the role of Global Head of Property in the Chief Underwriting Office Corporate Lines succeeding Rachel Conran, who left AGCS in June 2016. Mr. Portevin has been Global Head of Engineering since January 2013, and joined Allianz Group in 2000 as Engineering Underwriting Manager for France.

Chris van Gend will succeed Mr. Portevin as Global Head of Engineering for AGCS in October 2016. Currently Regional Manager Engineering Asia since November 2013, Mr. van Gend will relocate to Munich to take over the global role. Prior to joining AGCS, he was Head of the Asia Pacific Hub for Catlin’s Energy and Construction lines of business, and over his nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, has held a range of underwriting roles in Australia and Singapore. His successor in Asia will be announced in due course.

Thierry Portevin
Chris van Gend
Tina Baacke

Current Global Head of Risk Consulting Paul Carter will retire at the end of this year, and will be succeeded in that role by Tina Baacke, current AGCS Global Head of Catastrophe Risk Management by January 1, 2017. Mrs. Baacke joined AGCS in October 2010 as Head of Catastrophe Risk Research and Analytics, and then leading the AGCS Catastrophe Risk team since August 2011. Beforehand, she spent seven years with Allianz Re in Munich and Singapore in various positions in Catastrophe Risk Management, as well as three years with a Risk Consulting company as project manager. Her successor in Catastrophe Risk Management will be announced in due course.

Paul Carter joined Allianz Group in 1994 as a Risk Engineer and has held a number of senior risk consultant roles within Allianz and AGCS in the time since, including Global Technical Manager for Risk Consulting in Allianz, Head of Property Risk Consulting, and his current role of Global Head of Risk Consulting for AGCS which he has held since January 2013.

Chief Underwriting Officer Corporate Lines and AGCS Board Member Hartmut Mai said: “First of all, I would like to thank Paul Carter for his excellent services as dedicated engineer and manager to AGCS and Allianz over more than 20 years. I am also extremely pleased about these appointments within my leadership team, which underline once more our strong talent pipeline. I have great confidence that all three new global heads will seamlessly and capably tackle their new challenges with the expertise and effectiveness they have already displayed many times in the past. At AGCS, we underwrite some of the largest and most complex corporate risks globally, and together with my team, we look forward to developing innovative and customized solutions for our clients.”

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is a leading global corporate insurance carrier and a key business unit of Allianz Group. AGCS provides risk consultancy, Property-Casualty insurance solutions and alternative risk transfer for a wide spectrum of commercial, corporate and specialty risks across 12 dedicated lines of business.

Our customers are as diverse as business can be, ranging from Fortune Global 500 companies to small businesses, and private individuals. Among them are the world’s largest consumer brands, tech companies and the global aviation and shipping industry, but also wineries, satellite operators or Hollywood film actors. They all look to AGCS for smart answers to their largest and most complex risks in a dynamic, multinational business environment and trust us to deliver an outstanding claims experience.

We constantly strive to deliver the best for our customers through our global team of around 4,400 employees from over 70 nationalities in 34 countries worldwide. As the one of the largest Property-Casualty units of Allianz Group, we are backed by strong and stable financial strength ratings and a global network in over 200 countries and territories. In 2018, AGCS generated a total of €8.2 billion gross premium worldwide.

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