AGCS confirms executive appointments

Efforts are made to support "pivot to growth"

AGCS confirms executive appointments

Insurance News

By Terry Gangcuangco

Following the success of its remediation programme, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) is backing the corporate insurer’s “pivot to growth” by making several executive appointments for regional management, underwriting, and risk consulting.

In a release, the Allianz unit said it is strengthening the market-facing leadership team at AGCS with the following changes:


Current/previous role

New role

Alfredo Alonso (pictured)

Regional managing director, London & Nordics

Global head of liability, effective immediately

Nadia Côté

Head of major accounts Europe and international broking distribution, Chubb  

London & Nordics regional MD, effective May 2022

Max Benz

Global chief underwriting officer construction, AXA XL

Global head of energy & construction, effective February 2022

Gianluca Piscopo

Chief executive, W. R. Berkley Spain and Portugal

Regional MD for Ibero/Latin America, effective May 2022

Michele Williams

Head of CEO Office

Allianz Risk Consulting global head, effective immediately


Alonso will remain in London and, in addition to his new role, will retain his current remit while waiting for his successor’s arrival. Piscopo, meanwhile, is based in Madrid and will take over from Nuno Antunes, who is moving to a yet-to-be-confirmed post.

Williams, in Munich, is replacing Thierry Portevin. The latter is leaving Allianz to pursue interests outside the insurance group.

“As our portfolio turnaround and wider business transformation programme 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,” commented AGCS chief executive Joachim Mueller.

“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.”         

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