Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has appointed Phil Dawes as the asset manager’s new head of UK institutional, filling the gap left by Andy Wiggins, who stopped working at the firm in July.

It said the appointment would enlarge Dawes’s existing role at the company, as he will carry on in his position as head of consultant relations for the pan-European region.

Dawes joined the company in May 2001 and helped oversee the launch of AllianzGI’s UK infrastructure debt fund in July this year.

He also served as director of that fund.

A spokesman for AllianzGI said: “Phil already has significant experience of developing relationships with clients in the institutional space and a deep knowledge of our products and services.”

Wiggins joined AllianzGI in October 2012.