Allianz Holdings has announced that its chief operations officer Stephanie Smith is stepping down, effective 31 December 2021, to “pursue fresh opportunities”.
Smith joined Allianz Insurance in 2009 as a senior IT manager, quickly moving on to become director, operations for its Retail Division. In 2016 she was appointed chief operations officer, joining the management board.
In that capacity, the firm said she oversaw the “complex programme” of work following the acquisition of LV= GI, through the joint venture phase and into 100% ownership. More recently, she has led Allianz’s operational response to the pandemic and has been instrumental in designing Allianz’s return to office programme and New Work Model.
Jon Dye, CEO of Allianz Holdings, said: “Stephanie has played a key role in the success of our business during a period of challenging and exciting changes. On behalf of all of my colleagues at Allianz, I would like to thank her for the significant contribution she has made to the success of our business over the last 12 years and wish her all the best for the future.”
Smith added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Allianz and while I am sad to leave, it is now my time to move on and seek out fresh challenges. It has been a real honour to work with such great people and for such a strong global and UK business.”