Christof Bentele takes on the role of head of crisis management with aim to develop new products in recall and contamination, terrorism andpolitical violence

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has appointed Christof Bentele as head of crisis management, a key growth area for the insurer’s global liability team.

He reports to Michael Hohmann, global head of liability at AGCS, and is based in London.

Under Bentele’s direction, AGCS aims to further develop and combine existing and new products in the areas of product recall and contamination, terrorism and political violence.

Bentele has 20 years’ experience in the global insurance sector, having worked in Germany, Dubai and the UK for international insurers and brokers. In his previous roles, he has held senior board level positions at two major brokers, where he was responsible for developing and co-ordinating the crisis management strategies. His areas of expertise include terrorism, political risk, product recall and contamination.

Hohmann said: “This is the first time AGCS has recruited an expert solely focused on this area. Christof is one of the top crisis management experts in the industry and has worked in all elements of the sector – broker, insurer, reinsurer, client – so he can give a 360 degree analysis for our global network. The changing geopolitical situation creates new risks and threats for our clients, affecting their businesses, their assets and people. Whether that is the ever-expanding supply chain or the growing threat of terrorism or political violence, they all have one thing in common: our clients have to deal with issues outside their comfort zone. We therefore feel that it is the right time for AGCS to invest in supporting our clients with bespoke solutions in the area of crisis management, making full use with Allianz’ extensive network and global reach.”