RICHMOND, VA, January 14, 2021 — Allianz Partners, a leading travel insurance and assistance company based in Richmond, VA, has announced several changes to its Senior Leadership Team that will position the company for success in 2021 and beyond. Despite a downturn in the travel industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has continued to move forward by improving its products, services and internal processes to benefit consumers and its partners and has recently garnered a number of important industry awards and accolades.
Elena Edwards, who took over as CEO of Allianz Partners USA in June 2020, said that today’s unprecedented situation has led to both challenges and opportunities for the company.
“While we’re not out of the woods yet, we feel strongly that the travel industry will turn the corner in 2021 to regain the tremendous momentum that was lost due to the pandemic,” said Edwards. “I am very fortunate to have the pleasure of working alongside some of the brightest minds in our industry, and I’m pleased that a few of these terrific leaders will be joining the ranks of our senior leadership team.”
Robert Cavaliere, who is currently the company’s global Chief Product Officer and Head of Underwriting for the Travel line of business, is taking over as Chief Sales Officer in the U.S. He has been with the company for more than 18 years in a number of leadership roles. He replaces Ricky Horwitz, who will continue to focus on his role as global Chief Sales Officer for the Travel line of business.
Emily Hartman has been promoted to Chief of Business Teams, overseeing teams focused on Ecommerce, Agencies, Tour & Cruise, Direct to Consumer and Financial Markets. She was previously Head of Ecommerce and has been with the company since 2017.
Begench Atayev has been promoted to Chief of Product Management and Innovation, replacing Joe Mason, who will focus on his role as global Chief Marketing Officer for the Travel line of business. Atayev has been with the company since 2014 and was previously Vice President of Analytics and Optimization.
Joe Scarpa has been promoted to the new role of Chief of Business Execution and Performance. He was previously the company’s Vice President of Cruise and Tour, joining the company in 2020.
Allianz Partners offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.
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About Allianz Partners
Allianz Partners (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, the company offers Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans and serves millions of customers each year. In addition to travel insurance, the company offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.
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