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QBE targets Latin American growth with key Miami hire

QBE European Operations announces today the appointment of Alfonso De Mares as Business Development Manager for Latin America. Alfonso joined QBE European Operations’ International Markets division on April 11th and will be based in Miami.

Reporting to Tim Harris, Director of Overseas Business Development, Alfonso will act as a lynch pin for International Markets and QBE’s Latin American office network. He will target Marine, Energy, and specialist Property and Casualty business - in the disciplines underwritten by International Markets, including oil and gas, ports and terminals, cargo, and political violence - that does not come into the London Market. In addition, Alfonso will be responsible for expanding reach in the region where QBE does not have a local presence.

Sam Harrison, Managing Director - International Markets, QBE comments “We have a strong track record supporting businesses in Latin America via Lloyd’s and we will continue to write those risks that come into the London market. The volume of business transacted locally however continues to grow and Alfonso’s appointment is our first step towards developing a specialty underwriting operation in Miami that brings us closer to brokers and clients in the region and enhances the product offering of QBE’s existing Latin American network.

Alfonso joins QBE from Guy Carpenter Miami where he was a Senior Vice President responsible for planning and development for facultative business in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this he held the role of Head of Latin America Property in the UK. Alfonso also spent five years with JLT in London as a Placing Broker responsible for Central and Latin American wholesale property, following time in a similar capacity with Heath Lambert in Miami.

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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 2015, was US$14.7 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 client base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our clients’ 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 clients improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.

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