QBE North America poaches head of aviation from Allianz
Re/insurer QBE North America has hired a new head of aviation from Allianz, as it seeks to invest in areas where it has a “distinct advantage” in providing innovative and customised risk management solutions. The aviation practice is a key component of QBE's broader specialty business group.
David Watkins (pictured) has more than 15 years of professional aviation insurance experience, including time with significant global responsibilities. Before joining QBE, he was the head of general aviation for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS) North America. He joined AGCS in 2006 to help the company establish its North American aviation presence and underwriting team. During his tenure, Watkins also spent two years in Germany as the global product leader for general aviation.
In his new role, Watkins will be responsible for further strengthening QBE's position in the North American aviation insurance market. QBE offers customised aviation insurance coverage including general aviation, major risk and workers' compensation.
“David is a proven leader with deep aviation industry expertise and a solid track record of building high performing teams and strong trading partner relationships,” said Steve Gransbury, head of specialty insurance. “Having him join to lead the Aviation team is a great way to cap our 10th anniversary as an industry leader in this important market segment. As we look ahead to the next 10 years, we're confident David will take the business to an even higher level.”
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