Allianz Promotes Zurkow to Head of Alternatives

May 25 2016 | 8:01pm ET

Allianz Global Investors has promoted CIO and head of infrastructure debt Deborah Zurkow to the new role of head of alternatives. 

As head of alternatives, Zurkow will lead the continued build out of AllianzGI’s alternatives business. Since the creation of AllianzGI’s alternatives pillar in December 2014, AUM have doubled from €7.9 billion in December 2014 to €15.7 billion by the end of 2016’s first quarter.

Zurkow will report to Andreas Utermann, CEO and global chief investment officer of AllianzGI. She will assume her new responsibilities on June 1, at which time she will also join the firm’s investment committee.  

Prior to her new position, Zurkow was CIO and head of infrastructure debt at AllianzGI. She was replaced by Claus Fintzen, a portfolio manager in the AllianzGI infrastructure debt team.

“Over the last few years, Deborah and her team have helped turn the idea of infrastructure debt as an asset class for institutional investors into a reality,” Andreas Utermann, CEO and Global CIO at Allianz Global Investors, said in a statement. “In her new, expanded role, Deborah will be able to put her experience of developing innovative solutions that meet clients’ needs to work across the entire spectrum of alternatives.”

AllianzGI’s alternative investment strategies include equity long/short, merger arbitrage, options trading, commodities, volatility, global macro, absolute return, private debt, infrastructure debt, and infrastructure equity.

A unit of global financial services behemoth Allianz, Allianz Global Investors is a diversified active investment manager with 24 offices in 18 countries. The firm manages €442 billion in assets for individuals, families and institutions worldwide. 

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