Outside of incurring billions of dollars in damages related to Hurricane Sandy, American International Group (AIG) has been on a nice little run of late, beating fourth quarter estimates and freeing itself of government ownership, all while becoming the new darling stock of the hedge fund world. Now, with the taxpayer bailout behind it, AIG is re-establishing itself as a global life insurer, and plans on making a big sales hiring push.
AIG is expanding its consumer life insurance business into emerging markets like China and Turkey while bringing on contractors as full-time staffers in other regions, Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche, told Bloomberg.
“We are hiring and we are going to continue to hire,” said Benmosche, who took over in 2009 soon after the U.S. insurer nearly collapsed in bankruptcy. “We’re going to bring work in that we’ve given to contractors and start doing more ourselves.” AIG didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on its specific hiring goals.
While planning on adding headcount throughout 2013, AIG, like many other financial services companies, is looking to cut costs by moving operations to lower-cost locales, including in the U.S.
AIG isn’t the only firm in the industry eyeing emerging markets. Several non-life insurance companies are encouraging senior insurance professionals to jump to places such as Brazil, Mexico and Argentina to tap into Latin America’s growth opportunities. And many of the hot global insurance jobs aren’t in sales.
Following a near five-year hiatus, robust M&A activity has returned in 2013, and with it the potential of hiring in an industry that has seen significant workforce reductions since the birth of the economic crisis.
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UBS has named Mark Yallop its new group country chief executive in the U.K., giving him complete reign over the bank’s British operations. Yallop was formerly the chief operating officer at ICAP and Deutsche Bank.
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