Allied World Europe Appoints Magnus McGurk Business Development Manager

By Allied World Assurance Company Holdings Ag, PRNE
Monday, May 16, 2011

ZUG, Switzerland, May 17, 2011 - Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) announced today
that Magnus McGurk has joined Allied World Europe as Business Development
Manager (Scotland) for SME Professional Lines. Mr. McGurk will be based in
Scotland and will oversee business development and marketing in the Scotland
and Northern Irish United Kingdom market.

Frank D'Orazio, President, Bermuda & International Insurance, commented,
"We are very pleased that Magnus has joined our European team. His industry
knowledge and extensive contacts throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland
will be a great asset to the company. We look forward to expanding the
current book of business regionally."

Mr. McGurk has over a decade of experience in the Professional Lines
insurance industry. Prior to joining Allied World, he was most recently Chubb
Specialty Insurance Manager for Scotland at Chubb Insurance Company of Europe
where he focused exclusively on the Scotland region for Professional Lines.
Mr. McGurk has a degree in Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian

About Allied World Assurance Company

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries, is
a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance
and reinsurance solutions, offering superior client service through a global
network of branches and affiliates. Our insurance and reinsurance
subsidiaries are rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, and our Lloyd's
Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor's and Fitch. Please
visit our website at for further information on Allied

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