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AGCS recruits WRB’s Piscopo, Axa XL’s Benz amid leadership reshuffle

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has reshuffled its market-facing leadership team with the announcement of a series of regional and global executive appointments.

Alfredo Alonso, a managing director for the London and Nordics regional unit, has been promoted to global head of liability with immediate effect. In May 2022 by Nadia Côté, currently head of major accounts for Europe and international broking distribution at Chubb, will succeed Alonso.

During the transition, Alonso will remain in London and retain his regional responsibility for London and the Nordics, in addition to his liability leadership role.

Gianluca Piscopo, WR Berkley’s CEO for Spain and Portugal, was named regional director for the Ibero/LatAm region in a role that also starts in May next year.

Based in Madrid, Piscopo will succeed Nuno Antunes, who will continue in his post until the handover before taking on a role AGCS will disclose later.

In other leadership appointments, AGCS has recruited Axa XL’s global construction CUO Max Benz as its new global head of energy and construction, effective February 2022.

Finally, Michele Williams is taking over from Thierry Portevin as global head of Allianz Risk Consulting (ARC) in Munich, with immediate effect. Williams joined the carrier in 2004 and most recently led the CEO office for AGCS CEO Joachim Mueller in Munich. Portevin is leaving Allianz.

Côté and Piscopo, as regional managing directors, will report to Henning Haagen, AGCS’s chief regions and markets officer. Benz and Williams will report to AGCS CUO Tony Buckle.

Mueller said: “As our portfolio turnaround and wider business transformation program advance as planned and we pivot to growth again, we are pleased to attract top talents for these core positions, all of which are directly connected to our customer-facing activities.”

He added: “It’s a good balance of talented members of our internal team and high-profile external hires. I look forward to working with these energetic managers – both familiar and new colleagues – to drive our ambitious transformation and growth agenda over the next years.”

The leadership reshuffle follows other recent senior appointments in AGCS’s North America business.

Last month, the insurer named Thomas Houlihan as permanent regional head of the Americas for its alternative risk transfer division. He had filled the role on an interim basis since May.

Earlier this year, the company named Jenise Klein, who formerly worked with the alternative risk transfer team, as head of North American regional property.

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