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QBE appoints Director of Underwriting and Portfolio Management for Europe

QBE has appointed Naintara Agarwal as the Director of Underwriting and Portfolio Management for Europe.

Naintara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role from an insurance industry career spanning more than 15 years. Her experience includes leadership roles in developing underwriting strategies, portfolio management, pricing and developing and executing business plans across several business lines.

Most recently, Naintara was Group Head of Underwriting Performance, having joined QBE in 2019.

In her new role, Naintara will be responsible for leading the underwriting strategy for Europe, working closely with QBE Europe’s general managers to ensure longer term profitability and growth.

She will report to Beatriz Valenti Barbat, Director of Insurance, QBE Europe and Nick Hankin, Chief Underwriting Officer, QBE International. She is based in London.

Beatriz Valenti Barbat, Director of Insurance, QBE Europe said: “I’m delighted to have someone of Naintara’s calibre joining the European team. We have major ambitions for the European business, and Naintara’s arrival will help ensure we position the region for its next stage of profitable growth by deepening our core offerings, diversifying our products and expanding in territories.”



For further information contact:

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284,

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921,

Cecile Brisson, +44 (0)20 7105 4009, 


About QBE

QBE helps businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2022 was US$20 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large customer base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our customers’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping customers improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.

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