Gary Davess has been appointed as new retail director

Allianz Insurance has appointed Gary Davess to its retail division as director of the specialty and direct businesses.

He replaces Neil Brettell who joined the Allianz management board as general manager of the retail division in January this year.

In his new role Davess will be responsible for Allianz’s direct motor and home business, as well as Petplan.

He joins Allianz from Tesco Bank, where he was commercial director, having held responsibilities for car, home, pet, travel and life insurances.

He previously worked for RSA in a number of roles including commercial director, affinity business and personal lines underwriting director.

Brettell said: “Gary brings a wealth of experience to this role and his input will be invaluable as we pursue our goal of becoming a top five retail insurer.”