The appointment comes from within after Dye joined QBE in January

Allianz has appointed Gerry Ross as their new head of commercial motor.

The position has been vacant since Jon Dye left the company for QBE in January.

His namesake, Allianz UK chief executive Jon Dye, had previously told Insurance Times that the appointment would be from within, and that the process had taken time due to the number of quality candidates coming forward for the role.

Ross joined Allianz in 2002 as an underwriting graduate. After going through several roles across Allianz’s head office and regional teams, he briefly left Allianz in 2010 to join a London market insurer before returning to Allianz as motor manager in its south east region.

Most recently, Ross has held a regional underwriting manager role, helping with the transfer of LV= business to Allianz.

In his new role Ross will be responsible for the commercial motor account including the digital motor products.

Catherine Dixon, commercial underwriting director, said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Gerry into this role.

“He brings with him excellent technical motor capabilities as well as a wealth of experience from within Allianz.

“His collaborative leadership style together with strong customer and market focus will, I am sure, help to take our already market leading commercial motor account from strength to strength.”