Allianz Commercial UK bolsters Southern team with key appointments

Move is aimed at propelling growth

Allianz Commercial UK bolsters Southern team with key appointments

Insurance News

By Mika Pangilinan

Allianz Commercial has announced two appointments to reinforce its presence in the Southern region of the UK.

Simon Hanley (pictured left) has been named as regional manager for the South, while Caroline Donati (pictured right) will join the company as branch manager for Southampton in October.

Hanley will be responsible for implementing the underwriting strategy and driving growth across Chelmsford, Maidstone, and Southampton. He will also take charge of leading teams and managing operational and service delivery for brokers and customers, collaborating closely with colleagues in distribution.

Hanley first joined Allianz in 2005 as a business developer. He has since held various roles within the commercial business, including key account manager and distribution manager. Hanley’s most recent role saw him leading the development and growth of Chelmsford as branch manager.

Reporting to Hanley, who has been on secondment to the role of regional manager since February 2022, Donati will be responsible for steering the growth strategy and development of the Southampton branch while also nurturing the professional growth of team members.

The branch manager will join Allianz with 20 years of experience in the broker market, having held roles at RSA, AXA, and most recently Aviva where she was senior broker development manager. 

Dave Carey, managing director, mid-market at Allianz Commercial, expressed enthusiasm over the appointments and said he is passionate about developing his team to deliver better outcomes for brokers and customers.

“Our regional managers are critical in driving forward our growth ambitions, and Simon has played a key part already,” said Carey. “I’m really looking forward to working with him further as our strategy develops.

“I [also] look forward to welcoming Caroline to the team. She brings with her extensive market experience and established relationships with our broker partners. I know she is going to be a fantastic addition to our Southern team.

“My thanks to David Trott for his many years of service in Southampton. He has built a successful and vibrant business, and I wish him a happy retirement. Caroline is the perfect addition to take over the reins, to build and capitalise on Southampton’s success.”

Hanley and Donati are the latest appointments announced by Allianz Commercial UK. In June, Nick Hobbs was named chief distribution officer.

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