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​Allianz Insurance announces James Barclay as new head of sales & distribution for Allianz Legal Protection

Posted: 7 November 2019

Allianz Insurance has appointed James Barclay to head of sales & distribution for Allianz Legal Protection. James will replace Phil Ruse who is retiring at the end of the year.

He will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and performance of the Legal Protection business, and developing strong relationships with business partners.

James joined Allianz in 2002 as a corporate management trainee and has held a number of management positions, most recently as claims manager for Allianz Legal Protection.

Gary Davess, director of Speciality & Personal Lines, commented: “I’m delighted to appoint James. He’s the ideal candidate for the role, having gained extensive experience in the business as a senior member of the leadership team.

“This is an important time for the Legal Expenses market, with further reforms approaching. It’s great that we’ve been able to promote from within for this pivotal role. Following Phil’s retirement he’ll certainly have some big shoes to fill, but is more than capable of doing so.”

Commenting on Phil’s retirement, Gary added:

“I’d like to thank Phil for his contribution to the significant success of the business over many years. Phil’s professionalism, desire to always do the right thing and great sense of humour have made it a pleasure to work with him and I wish him well for a long and happy retirement.”

James Barclay


The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

About Allianz Holdings plc

Allianz Holdings plc is the non-regulated holding company which owns the principal insurance operations of Allianz SE in Great Britain.

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 100 million* private 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 790 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage 1.7 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we are amongst the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2020, over 150,000 employees achieved total revenues of 140 billion euros and an operating profit of 10.8 billion euros for the group.

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