Tom Moss succeeds Andy Beddall as director of underwriting; Adrian Mitri appointed director of operations.

Allianz Retail has appointed Adrian Mitri as director of operations and Tom Moss as director of underwriting.

The insurer said both roles will support Allianz Retail’s strategic goal of achieving £1bon Gross Written Premium by 2013.

Mitri will oversee all aspects of operations for Allianz Retail including the customer contact centres at Brentford and Bristol, account administration and surrounding support functions.

Prior to joining Allianz, he was director of servicing for Lehman Brothers’ mortgage subsidiary, where he was responsible for all aspects of servicing including customer services, collections and third party administrators.

Mitri said: “I am excited to have joined such a strong global insurance player, particularly one so committed to putting the customer at the heart of its business. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues and to contributing to the continuing development of the excellent operations already established in Allianz Retail.”

Tom Moss succeeds Andy Beddall who retires at the end of 2008 and will oversee underwriting, pricing, product management and development.

He brings nearly thirty years of insurance industry experience to the role, the most recent gained overseeing the underwriting and pricing of brokered personal lines business for RSA.

He said: “I’m very happy to join a company that has such a strong vision of where it wants to take its business and I am excited to be able to play a part in realising that vision within Allianz Retail.

Jon Dye, general manager for Allianz Retail said: “I am pleased to welcome Adrian and Tom to their new roles. Both will play a vital part in continuing the development of our retail operations which will underpin Allianz’s growth aspirations for the retail division. “