Allianz Insurance  has appointed James Barclay to Head of Sales & Distribution for Allianz Legal Protection in Bristol. This follows the announcement that Phil Ruse will be retiring as Head of Sales & Distribution at the end of the year.
James will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and performance for the Legal Protection business, and developing strong relationships with business partners.
Having joined the business in 2002 as a Corporate Management Trainee, he’s held a number of management positions in the business more recently being Claims Manager for Allianz Legal Protection.
Gary Davess, Director of Speciality & Personal Lines, commented:
“I’m delighted to appoint James to the position of Head of Sales & Distribution at Allianz Legal Protection. 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 market reforms approaching. It’s great that we’ve been able to promote 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.”
Further commenting on Phil’s retirement, Gary adds:
“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.”