Global Executive Committee

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

Tobias C. Pross

Tobias C. Pross


Tobias C. Pross is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Global Investors, a position he has held since the start of 2020. As well as chairing the firm’s Executive Committee, through which he leads the firm’s strategic development, Tobias continues to play an active role in developing client relations and partnerships.

Prior to taking up his role as CEO, Tobias was Global Head of Distribution (from 2018), before which he was Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Between 2015 and 2019, he was a member of AllianzGI’s Global Executive Committee and chaired its European Executive Committee

In 2016, Tobias was elected President of the German fund 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.

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.

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.

Karen Prooth

Karen Prooth

Global COO

Karen Prooth is Global Chief Operating Officer at Allianz Global Investors and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee.

Karen joined AllianzGI in November 2017 from Blackrock where she worked for 10 years, holding a number of senior leadership roles, most recently as Global Platform Head for ETF and Index Investments. Previously she was Global Co-COO of iShares.

Barbara Rupf Bee

Head of EMEA

Barbara Rupf Bee is Head of Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Allianz Global Investors and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee.

Barbara joined AllianzGI in 2019 from UBS, where she led its wealth management business in Germany.
Thomas Zimmerer

Thomas Zimmerer

Global Co-Head of Multi Asset

Thomas Zimmerer is Global Co-Head of Multi Asset, Global Head of Product Specialists Multi Asset, a member of the Global Executive Committee and a managing director at Allianz Global Investors. In this function, Thomas is responsible for the development and execution of Multi Asset’s strategic goals and oversees the Multi Asset business objectives globally.

Before joining Allianz Global Investors in 2014, he taught for 11 years as a professor of Finance and Investments at the University of Applied Sciences in Ansbach, Germany, and served as senior consultant for alpha portfolio advisors, a German-based consulting firm, advising institutional investors.

Prior, from 1997 until 2003, Thomas was a portfolio manager with Allianz Asset Management on active bond strategies and active protection strategies. He holds a master’s degree in Economics and Finance and a Ph.D. in Econometrics from the University of Regensburg, Germany.
Deborah Zurkow

Deborah Zurkow

Global Head of Investments

Deborah Zurkow is Global Head of Investments 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.

Andreas Utermann

Andreas Utermann

Executive Advisor

Andreas Utermann is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Global Investors.

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.