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QBE North America hires Watkins from AGCS to lead Aviation practice

17th November 2021 - Author: Luke Gallin

David Watkins has joined QBE North America as Senior Vice President (SVP), Head of Aviation, taking on responsibility for strengthening the firm’s position as a leading aviation insurer in the region.

david-watkins-qbeThe Aviation division is a key part of QBE’s broader Specialty business group.

The addition of Watkins reflects the company’s ongoing strategy to invest in areas where it has a distinct advantage in providing innovative and customised risk management solutions.

He brings more than 15 years of professional aviation insurance experience to the firm, having joined QBE from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), North America, where he served as the Head of General Aviation.

Watkins joined AGCS in 2006, and during his tenure helped the firm establish its North American aviation presence and underwriting team. He also spent two years in Germany as the Global Product Leader for General Aviation.

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Steve Gransbury, Head of Specialty Insurance, QBE North America, commented: “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.

“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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