Allianz Global Assistance Appoints Steve Pankovitch as Director of Sales

Steve Pankovitch has been named Director of Sales at Allianz Global Assistance Canada

Steve Pankovitch has been named Director of Sales at Allianz Global Assistance Canada

Pankovitch brings extensive knowledge and experience to his new role, thanks to 16 years in the travel health and US medical cost containment industries. As a graduate from the University of Concordia in Montreal, he began working for a specialty Canadian travel insurance provider in 1996, initially in operational roles focusing on claims adjudication and recovery. Later, he was responsible for product development, spearheading the creation, development and distribution of a profitable international expatriate health insurance program.

However, it was his extensive travels and exposure to the world of brokers, agents and consultants that led him to his true passion – sales and new business development. For the past decade, Pankovitch has worked in a variety of senior sales management roles, focusing on new business development for medical travel assistance and USA medical cost containment services to insurance companies, reinsurers and medical assistance companies, both here in Canada and internationally. With his diverse foundation of Canadian travel insurance knowledge, he is a perfect fit of the culture at Allianz Global Assistance.

“This is an ever-evolving, mature industry with unique challenges that make working in the travel insurance space so exciting and fresh every day. This is very much a relationship-driven business that is built on trust. Representing a respected global brand like Allianz Global Assistance will make all the difference in my new role,” notes Pankovitch.

Pankovitch will be reporting to Martin Lyons, Deputy CEO and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and will be responsible for new business development in existing distribution channels including the travel agent, insurance broker and financial services lines of business.

“Steve is an industry veteran with a strong understanding of the many ways travel insurance can add value to a client’s offering to customers. He is a welcome addition to our team and will play a key role as we continue to expand our business and deliver the best service possible to our partners” says Lyons.

Pankovitch, whose new position is effective immediately, can be reached directly at 1-800-461-1079 ext. 2002 or by email at