Allianz appoints new Managing Director for UK Retail business

Posted: 14 September 2023

Allianz Holdings has today announced the appointment of Henry Topham as the new managing director of its UK Retail business, following the recent news that Heather Smith will be leaving the business to take up a new opportunity.

Henry will start on 1 October 2023 and report to Serge Raffard, managing director of Allianz Personal Lines.

Henry has been with Allianz since December 2016 and is currently the managing director of Britannia Rescue and Flow. In his time at the company, he has successfully led the development and execution of the company’s strategy for both its breakdown business and also digital-only insurance product, Flow. Prior to joining Allianz, Henry worked at a number of other companies including Aviva and Direct Line Group.
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Commenting on his appointment, Serge Raffard, said:

“Henry is a fantastic addition to my leadership team. Over the last few years, he has successfully managed two of our core business products and has made a significant contribution to the overall performance of our Retail business in the UK. With a career that spans over 30 years and strong business acumen, I know he’ll ensure our retail business continues to be a success in the UK with a particular focus on developing our main strengths as a motor and home insurer.

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Heather for everything she has done for our business in the seven years she has been with the company. We wish her all the best for the future.”

Henry Topham added:

“I’m delighted to be offered this opportunity to lead our Retail business. We have such a strong business here in the UK and as one of the leading motor and home insurers, supporting millions of customers, I want to ensure we can continue to go from strength to strength.

I’m convinced that by maintaining a robust approach to our pricing and underwriting, while at the same time making sure we carry on putting customers at the heart of everything we do by delivering the best products and services, we will remain successful in what is quite possibly one of the most competitive insurance markets globally.”


Henry’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval. 

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 2021, over 150,000 employees achieved total revenues of 148.5 billion euros and an operating profit of 13.4 billion euros for the group.

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