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Allianz Partners reinforces its leadership team and makes two new Board appointments 

September 01, 2021 

Damien Ladous, CEO Travel  

Most recently Chief Financial Officer and member of Allianz Partners’ Board of Management, Damien Ladous has been appointed CEO for Travel, effective from June 1st 2021.  Joining Allianz Partners from Allianz France in August of last year, Damien has led Allianz Partners’ Finance function through transformative and challenging times. Damien has taken over the role from Ida Luka-Lognoné, CEO of International Health, who successfully led the travel line of business, as well as the International Health business, over the last 10 months.  

Damien joined Allianz France in 2006 where he started in M&A / Corporate Finance before moving to Controlling in 2011. He then joined Allianz SE in 2012 to work on Controlling and Capital Management activities, before moving in 2015 into the Strategy and Portfolio Management team. He was the Head of Planning & Controlling at Allianz France before joining Allianz Partners. 

Julia Unkel, Chief Financial Officer

Effective from June 1st 2021, Julia Unkel has succeeded Damien Ladous as Chief Financial Officer, becoming a member of Allianz Partners’ Board of Management. Julia has played a key role in strategic projects in the areas of Finance, Legal and Compliance since she joined the company in August 2020 as Global Head of Special Projects.

Prior to Allianz Partners, Julia was Head of the Insurance Sector in the Financial Services Leadership Team in PwC since 2018, leading regulatory-driven implementation projects with impact on methods, governance, processes, Data and IT systems. 

Sirma Boshnakova, CEO of Allianz Partners, comments: “Since joining Allianz Partners in 2020, both Damien and Julia have been instrumental in helping to ramp up our transformation projects, particularly in the areas of Finance, during uncertain times. They will continue to bring their cross-functional knowledge to leading their new business areas, and I am delighted to see them step up into their new roles and become important pillars of our management team. The travel sector and our travel business are slowly recovering but still face important challenges as the pandemic continues. I remain confident that we have the right leadership structure in place to deliver on our strategic agenda and further develop the many exciting opportunities that are ahead of us.”

Allianz Partners is a world leader in B2B2C insurance and assistance, offering global solutions that span international health and life, travel insurance, automotive and assistance. Customer driven, our innovative experts are redefining insurance services by delivering future-ready, high-tech high-touch products and solutions that go beyond traditional insurance. Our products are embedded seamlessly into our partners’ businesses or sold directly to customers, and are available through four commercial brands: Allianz Assistance, Allianz Automotive, Allianz Travel and Allianz Care. Present in 75 countries, our 21,500 employees speak 70 languages, handle over 71 million cases each year, and are motivated to go the extra mile to help and protect our customers around the world.

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