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QBE appoints Head of Distribution for Continental Europe

QBE has appointed Fabian Desch as Head of Distribution for Continental Europe.

Fabian joined on 1 April and is based in Hamburg, Germany. He reports to Andy Besant, Chief Customer Officer, QBE European Operations.

He joined from Willis Towers Watson where he was most recently Deputy Head of Broking Western Europe. He has over 21 years’ experience as a broker in continental Europe, including Head of Broking, Germany and Head of Broking DACH & Benelux.

In his new role, Fabian is focusing on further building out QBE’s portfolio in Continental Europe and delivering value for QBE’s customers.

Fabian Desch, Head of Distribution for Continental Europe, QBE Europe said: “As a broker I recognised QBE Europe as an insurance company that has a clear long-term strategy and vision while being flexible and innovative to supporting changing broker and customer needs. I look forward to joining the team as we continue to focus on opportunities for growth in Continental Europe and look for ways to build on our strategy of being an innovative and consistent risk partner.”

Andy Besant, Chief Customer Officer, QBE European Operations, said: “With his excellent experience from the broking side of insurance, Fabian is a great addition to the European management committee. One of his key priorities in his new role will be driving an increased focus across all our customer groups.” 


For further information contact:

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

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

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 2021 was US$18.5 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.