Allianz UK announces leadership reshuffle

Allianz UK, a prominent player in the insurance industry, has made significant changes to its senior leadership team, announcing a pair of key appointments.  

Allianz UK, a prominent player in the insurance industry, has made significant changes to its senior leadership team, announcing a pair of key appointments.  

The firm has revealed that Hanna Kam will be joining as chief risk officer, while Jason Howes will be promoted to chief transformation officer. 

Hanna Kam, who assumes the role of chief risk officer, brings over 25 years of global experience in the insurance industry. With a background in risk management, Hanna has held senior positions in renowned companies such as Hiscox, EY, and Zurich Australia. She will play a crucial role in overseeing risk management strategies at Allianz UK. 

Jason Howes, the newly appointed chief transformation officer, has nearly 27 years of experience in the industry, including more than two decades with Allianz. In his previous role as director of business transformation, Jason demonstrated his expertise in driving large-scale change projects. Now, as CTO, he will be responsible for overseeing all major transformation initiatives within the Allianz UK business. 

The recent senior appointments align with Allianz UK’s continuous strategic efforts to expand and fortify its presence in the UK market. These initiatives are part of a broader strategy aimed at enhancing consumer and market recognition of the Allianz brand. 

Both roles will report to Colm Holmes, who added, “This is a pivotal and exciting time for us as we align our businesses to deliver the combined strength of one Allianz, and work towards becoming the number one general insurer in the UK. These two senior leaders take up vitally important roles and will help drive our strategic momentum for growth. 

“I’m delighted Hanna is joining us, she brings a wealth of global insurance industry experience and a compelling blend of board, risk and regulatory exposure. She has a track record of strong leadership and excels at delivering change and results in complex environments. Her insights will be invaluable in supporting the overall growth strategy for the business. 

“And as we move our business forward, it is imperative that we continue to manage major change projects effectively, so we have created a new role of chief transformation officer, which I am delighted to welcome Jason into. He’s achieved a huge amount at Allianz and I’m sure he will continue to do so.” 

John Berry, who served as the chief risk officer for Allianz UK, has opted to resign after a decade-long tenure with the company, during which he held various senior leadership positions. Among these roles, he served as the chief risk officer for over four years. 

John’s departure marks a transition as he seeks fresh opportunities within the Allianz Group. Having joined Allianz in 2015, following a career at WTW, John initially assumed the role of chief underwriting officer for personal lines before being appointed as the overall chief risk officer for Allianz UK in January 2020. 

Colm Holmes, Allianz Holdings CEO, commented, “John has played a key role in the history of Allianz UK, including as chief underwriting officer of personal lines, alongside setting up the joint venture with LV= and then navigating Covid and more recent market challenges as chief risk officer. He helped to bring the different parts of our business together to create one Allianz. I’d like to thank John for his huge contribution.” 

John Berry added, “We have built a great platform for future success and I am very proud of all of Allianz’s achievements. It’s been a fantastic privilege to work with Colm and the Executive Committee over the years, and I wish the team the very best for the future.”  

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