Managing Partner & CFO
Harold has over 30 years’ experience in finance, operations, marketing, change programmes, leadership and strategy, mainly in financial services.
Prior to joining the insurance world, he worked in London as a Systems Accountant at a chemicals company, and then Group Financial Accountant at Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.
Between 1988 and 1998 he held a wide range of senior positions at AGF Insurance UK Ltd, split equally between Finance and Business roles. Notable achievements included launching an award-winning direct marketing business, introducing a call center for retail broker servicing, significantly enhancing the company’s business planning and change management capabilities, and post-acquisition integration work. He delivered internal Finance training programmes, spoke at international conferences on call centres, and was a direct marketing consultant to AGF Singapore.
In 1998 he transferred to Allianz in Ireland, where for 3 years he led an internal consulting team in Dublin. Tasks and achievements included reaching profitable run-state in the direct distribution channel, and cost efficiency and process effectiveness initiatives in the intermediary channel, which included launching a first-to-market e-business platform with commercial insurance brokers.
Between 2002 and 2014 he worked in the global holding of the Allianz Group in Munich. Initially as a freelance consultant, he completed an SAP implementation project, set up a Finance function PMO, and successfully managed the Global Sarbanes Oxley compliance project. He re-joined the Allianz Group in 2005. Roles since then included accelerating and improving the financial closing process, heading-up the Group’s Analytical and Regulatory Reporting unit, and leading a Group Planning and Controlling team covering CEE, the Middle East and North Africa (CEEMA), Asia Pacific, worldwide Assistance, and a newly formed Group shared services entity. For the last 3 years he was Regional CFO for the CEEMA business division.
During his time at Allianz, Harold qualified as a Senior Associate in Operational Excellence (OPEX), and was part of many Allianz Management Institute training programmes, both as a participant and as a trainer. He was also a mentor to a group of high potential female employees as part of the company’s diversity program. He is a Think Buzan Licensed Instructor in Mind Mapping, and an accredited facilitator in Applied Innovation.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Management and Materials Technology from Brunel University, and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. In addition to being an Associate Partner of Ancora Management Consulting, he is owner and Managing Director of Alionova Consulting GmbH.
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