Generali GC&C: new appointments in the Mediterranean and Latin America Region

08 July 2024

Milan/Madrid – Generali Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C) has made three strategic appointments in its leadership team in the Mediterranean and Latin America region. Starting from May 6th, Frederico Gonçalves assumed the position of Head of Property. Effective June 1st Joaquin Espallargas Barrio was appointed Head of GC&C Portugal and Manuel Lezama took on the role of Head of Marine & Aviation Underwriting.

I am delighted to have Joaquin Manuel, and Frederico in our leadership team with their new roles,” said Patricia Puerta, Head of GC&C Mediterranean and Latin America. “Their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience will be instrumental as we continue to deliver outstanding service to our clients and navigate the evolving market landscape. These appointments emphasize our focus on harnessing internal talent to prepare and uplift future leaders. I am confident that their impact and contributions, along with the rest of the leadership team, will enable us to continue supporting our clients effectively and drive our business growth.”

As former Head of GC&C Portugal, Frederico Gonçalves brings over fifteen years of expertise within the insurance sector. Previous roles at Generali, Chubb, Innovarisk Underwriting and Fidelidade, where he held underwriting and risk management positions, provide an overview of his extensive experience. Gonçalves holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon.

Joaquin Espallargas Barrio served as GC&C Broker Relationship Manager for the past two years, and has held various underwriting roles that enhance his expertise in corporate relationships and risk assessment. Prior to joining Generali, he worked at Plus Ultra Seguros and Aseguradores de Riesgos Nucleares AIE. He holds a master’s degree in Financial Institutions and Markets (MIMF) from the Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros in Madrid. 

Manuel Lezama has a solid background in marine underwriting, having held senior roles within Generali Global Corporate & Commercial, and has also accumulated significant experience in insurance brokerage and risk management. Lezama holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Deusto.