AllianzGI plans leadership changes

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Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has announced leadership changes that will take effect on January 1, 2020 as part of the firm’s succession plan.

Tobias C. Pross, currently Global Head of Distribution, and Deborah Zurkow, currently Global Head of Alternatives, will succeed Andreas Utermann as CEO and Global Head of Investments, respectively. Andreas Utermann will be available to the leadership of the firm on an advisory basis for the first six months of 2020.

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Tobias C. Pross
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Deborah Zurkow
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Andreas Utermann

Andreas Utermann joined Allianz in 2002, initially to help build a world-class multi-boutique investment organization. Since 2012, he has led AllianzGI – first as co-head and Global CIO and since 2016 as CEO – establishing a globally integrated investment firm dedicated to active management. Under Andreas Utermann’s leadership, AllianzGI has built out its Fixed Income and Alternatives platforms, strengthened its advisory capabilities and established itself as a leader in Sustainable investing.

With over 20 years of experience within Allianz Group, Tobias Pross has been instrumental in the development of AllianzGI’s client-centric business strategy, which has seen it enter into and strengthen a number of its distribution channels and place a strong emphasis on advice and superior client experience. He has been a member of AllianzGI’s global executive committee since 2015.

Since joining AllianzGI in 2012, initially to establish its Infrastructure Debt capability, Deborah Zurkow has overseen the rapid growth of its Alternatives platform, which now accounts for over EUR 70bn in assets under management. She has championed the opportunity for institutional clients to co-invest alongside Allianz in a number of AllianzGI’s private market strategies. Deborah has been a member of AllianzGI’s global executive committee since 2016.

About Allianz Global Investors

Allianz Global Investors is a leading active asset manager with over 730 investment professionals in 24 offices worldwide and managing more than 500 billion euros in assets for individuals, families and institutions*.

Active is the most important word in our vocabulary. Active is how we create and share value with clients. We believe in solving, not selling, and in adding value beyond pure economic gain. We invest for the long term, employing our innovative investment expertise and global resources. Our goal is to ensure a superior experience for our clients, wherever they are based and whatever their investment needs.

Active is: Allianz Global Investors

*Data as at December 31, 2018

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 100 million retail and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 740 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage almost 1.6 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2019, over 147,000 employees achieved total revenues of 142 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.9 billion euros for the group.

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