ACE appoints merged firm leaders

The insurance industry’s largest-ever merger is taking shape, with the announcement of the heads of ACE and Chubb’s merged Australian operations.

John French has been appointed as Country President for Australia and New Zealand. French currently fills this role for ACE, where he has worked since 1997.

Meanwhile, Matthew Doquile has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New Zealand, transitioning from his current role as Chubb Country Manager Australia.

ACE’s acquisition of Chubb, worth $28.3 billion, was announced in July, and will take the combined Australian operations, to be branded Chubb, to almost $1 billion in annual gross written premium.

ACE Regional President Asia Pacific, and future Asia Pacific Regional President for the new Chubb Group, Juan Luis Ortega says that the team for the new Chubb Group operations in very strong.

“We have a very strong team in Australia and New Zealand,” Ortega says.

“Paul McNamee, ACE Deputy Regional President and Head of Property And Casualty for Asia Pacific, oversees our operations in Australia and New Zealand as part of his responsibilities.

“He will continue in this role for Chubb, combining his significant international expertise with John French and Matt Doquile’s local knowledge to build the success of our new organisation.”

ACE Deputy Regional President Asia Pacific, and future Asia Pacific Deputy Regional President for the new Chubb Group, Paul McNamee says: “I have every confidence that John French will provide sound leadership during the integration process while also delivering continuity for our clients and business partners.”

“As Chief Operating Officer, Matt Doquile is ideally suited to play a key role in bringing Chubb’s impressive operational platform and product expertise to the new integrated entity.”