Accident and Health International’s popular General Manager Kevin Kinsella has announced his retirement after nearly 50 years in the Australian insurance industry.
Kinsella will step down from his role at AHI on 30 June 2016, ‘to hand over the reins to the younger generation of industry professionals’.
Kinsella started out in the accounts department at Royal Insurance Group in the 1960s. He moved to Sydney in 1984 with Royal Insurance and progressed to Operations Manager. Other high-profile roles he has held include General Manager at GIO and Managing Director at Gerling Insurance in the 1990s. He joined AHI in 2004 as General Manager.
“The Australian insurance industry has been very good to me over the years and while I am sad to be leaving, I am thrilled the industry is in such safe hands,” Kinsella said.
“In my opinion, the biggest challenge for the industry over the next few years is its ability to digitally transform. I do feel we are taking the challenge head on. AHI, for example, in the past year has launched its own App and we just launched TeleHealth, an online doctor service for its policy holders.”
Although Kinsella said he’s looking forward to quality time with his wife of 45 years, Susan, his three children and six grandchildren, he may not yet be entirely done with insurance.
“While I’m looking forward to putting my feet up for a little while, I think I’ve still got a lot to offer,” he told Broker Buzz. “After half a century in an industry, you usually know a thing or two. I’d be happy to share my experience if the right board positions came up.”
AHI’s CEO Peter Banks paid tribute to Kinsella’s ‘razor sharp wit and great sense of humour’, as well as his dedication to mentoring younger staff.
“Kevin is a widely known and well respected member of the Australian insurance community and will be greatly missed by the AHI staff,” Banks said.
“He doesn’t come from the ‘computer says no’ generation. Kevin has always encouraged our people to go the extra mile to underwrite risk, if it makes strong business sense. Our reputation as a flexible, can-do company has a lot to do with his management over the past decade.”