Global Executive Committee

The Global Executive Committee is responsible for the management of Allianz Global Investors.
 Andreas Utermann

Andreas Utermann


Andreas Utermann is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Global Investors. He is Chair of the firm’s Global Executive Committee.

Andreas has been with the firm and a member of its Global Executive Committee since 2002, initially serving as Global CIO Equities and becoming Global CIO and co-Head in 2012. In March 2016 Andreas became CEO of Allianz Global Investors. In 2016, he was appointed non-Executive Director of Tokio Marine Rogge Asset Management Limited.

Prior to joining AllianzGI, Andreas spent twelve years working at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (formerly Mercury Asset Management), where he became Global Head and CIO Equities as well as Member of various Boards. Before this, he worked for several years at Deutsche Bank AG.

Andreas is Chairman of the Forum of European Asset Managers (FEAM) and a member of the Board of ICMA. He is a founding member of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative and also sits on the European Institute’s Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of the UK’s Investment Association. Previously, Andreas was a board member of the CFA Society of the UK from 2011 to 2017.

Andreas supports a number of charitable causes and is a Trustee of the Utermann Charitable Trust, which has a focus on addressing environmental concerns as well as furthering education.

Andreas holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is also an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP), now CFA Society of the UK.

The way we approach our relationships and undertake our business is integral to our success in protecting and enhancing the value of our clients’ assets.

 Deborah Zurkow

Deborah Zurkow

Global Head of Alternatives

Deborah Zurkow is Global Head of Alternatives at Allianz Global Investors, and a member of the Global Executive Committee.

Deborah joined AllianzGI in 2012 as CIO and Head of Infrastructure Debt, leading a team that pioneered infrastructure debt as an asset class for institutional investors. Since its inception, the team has made over EUR 10bn of debt investments in a variety of infrastructure sectors across the globe.

Being part of Allianz Group, we can offer clients the confidence that comes with a significant anchor investor in long-term infrastructure investments.

 Steven J. Berexa

Steven J. Berexa

Global CIO Equity

Steven J. Berexa is Global CIO Equity with Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee.

In addition to his responsibilities as Global CIO Equity, Steve continues to manage money as a portfolio manager of the Disciplined Equity and Global Fundamental strategies and lead manager of the Global Insights/Intellectual Capital strategy.

As our business has grown more complex and global we have come to expect more from our research teams. We require our analysts to work closely with portfolio managers to understand better how research can contribute to each strategy.

 Franck Dixmier

Franck Dixmier

Global Head of Fixed Income, CIO Fixed Income Europe

Franck Dixmier is Global Head of Fixed Income and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Fixed Income Europe, and a member of the Global Executive Committee at Allianz Global Investors.

A deep understanding of local markets and global trends, combined with confident execution, drives our pursuit of consistent and superior investment returns.

 Douglas Eu

Douglas Eu

Chief Executive Officer US

Douglas Eu is CEO US with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2006. He is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee and US Executive Committee, and was previously CEO Asia Pacific.

Investment firms succeed when investment professionals and relationship managers work together as one, sharing a passion for their work – and a commitment to the highest standards of service and delivery.

 Thorsten Heymann

Thorsten Heymann

Global Head of Strategy

Thorsten Heymann is Global Head of Strategy and Member of the Global Executive Committee. Thorsten joined the Allianz Group in January 1999 and came to Allianz Global Investors in August 2001 as Head of Fund of Fund Management. He was given responsibility for more than EUR 4.5bn Assets under Management. Later he became Head of Strategic Sales Planning and Steering and Head of Strategic Market Management for Allianz Global Investors in Europe. Thorsten led the cominvest post-merger integration into Allianz Global Investors 2008-2009 and was the responsible project lead for Allianz Global Investors’ European initiative “One Firm” from 2012-2013. In 2018, Thorsten has been elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). He is also a Director at MFM Holding Ltd (‘moneyfarm’), where Allianz became the lead minority investor in 2018. He graduated as Master of Business and Administration from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Coburg.

We have built our business on an extensive range of investment capabilities and a record of product innovations to meet clients’ varied needs on their terms.

 Markus Kobler

Markus Kobler

Global Chief Financial Officer

Markus Kobler is Global Chief Financial Officer for Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee.

Markus joined Allianz Global Investors in 2013 from Bank Julius Baer & Co where he was Global Head of Onboarding and responsible for the transfer of clients and staff in the integration of Merrill Lynch International Wealth Management into Julius Baer.
 Desmond Ng

Desmond Ng

Head of Asia Pacific

Desmond Ng is Head of Asia Pacific with Allianz Global Investors, based in Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Global Executive Committee.

Desmond joined the firm in 2014 and is responsible for overall leadership in retail and institutional businesses for the region. Previously, he was the CEO, Greater China and South East Asia and Head of Institutional Business, Asia Pacific.

If you want to understand better and faster, you need diverse minds – curious minds all over the world – with different perspectives. And an appetite for success.

 Tobias C. Pross

Tobias C. Pross

Global Head of Distribution

Tobias C. Pross is Global Head of Distribution at Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee.

Prior to his appointment as Global Head of Distribution in 2018, Tobias was Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 2015. He has been a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee since 2015 and chaired the European Executive Committee in his capacity as Head of EMEA from 2015 to 2019.

Since July 2016, Tobias has been President of the German Investment Funds association, BVI.

From 2010, Tobias held several senior positions in German and European business development at AllianzGI.

Prior to this, Tobias worked for Allianz Pension Partners GmbH (APP); a former subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors. He chaired the APP board of managers from its inception in 2005 and was appointed CEO in February 2006. To this day, Tobias is a member of the Supervisory Board of APP and is a member of several other advisory boards.

Tobias has been with Allianz Group since 1999.

Tobias holds a diploma in business management from the University of Loerrach. He also studied at the University of Freiburg, as well as the University of California in Berkeley.

Our value proposition as an active asset manager is based on exceeding expectations, so we place as much emphasis on understanding client needs as on investment opportunities.