Career Transitions in Insurance

Missed any of the latest insurance career transitions in the Australian industry? Then our round-up will keep you up to speed.

QBE Insurance Group Announces Appointment of Markus Nordlin as Global Chief Information Officer

QBE Insurance Group today announced that Markus Nordlin has been appointed to the newly created role of Global Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mr Nordlin will be responsible for IT strategies across the 37 countries in which QBE operates. Mr Nordlin will serve as a member of QBE’s global operations leadership team, providing a platform for alignment of the IT function to meet business needs and expectations throughout the group.

Commenting on the appointment, Colin Fagen, Group Chief Operations Officer said “This appointment is central to our plans to create a united IT strategy across QBE, simplifying our technology
architecture and driving innovation and change. Markus has expertise in driving major infrastructure consolidation and operational excellence as well as new customer-focused digital platforms. I look forward to Markus creating further competitive advantage for QBE through efficiency gains and innovation in IT.”

Mr. Nordlin has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology leadership, including 16 years serving in senior roles at Zurich Insurance in Switzerland and the United States. Most recently, Mr Nordlin was Chief Information and Technology Officer for Zurich Insurance, with responsibility for leading Zurich’s global IT services across 170 countries with more than 8,000 IT employees and contractors.

Mr Nordlin will be based in New York City and will report to Colin Fagen.

Willis Towers Watson appoints head of Workplace Risk

Willis Towers Watson has recently announced the appointment of Darren Oliver as National Manager – Workplace Risk. Oliver is well known throughout the corporate market for his extensive expertise in providing strategic workplace advice to both public and private companies.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris Nelson, Head of Client and Industry Australasia said: “Darren has an exceptional reputation in the Australasian market. His knowledge and experience will bring considerable benefit to our clients and will allow us to maintain and grow the already strong market presence held by our Workplace Risk team.”

Oliver comes to Willis Towers Watson from people insurance and employee benefit specialist company Thomas James International where he was the Founder and Managing Director. Prior to that he was Head of Practice at Aon, providing strategic workers’ compensation and work health and safety solutions.

He said Willis Towers Watson is uniquely placed to create visionary opportunities for clients. “With the integration of the two organisations earlier this year, we have an unparalleled combination of analytics and benchmarking to offer our clients, as well as innovations in client accessibility. I’m excited to be offering these strategies to the market.”

Oliver commented that he is excited to be working with an enthusiastic and experienced team. “Ultimately, the workplace risk team members have one common goal, and that is ensuring we achieve a positive financial and cultural outcome for our internal and external clients.”

Willis Towers Watson has also appointed Andrew Boal was new regional head of Australasia, following the departure of Tony Barber

Boal has been with the company 24 years most recently as head of large accounts for Australasia and general manager of corporate risk and broking for Victoria.

Boal says: “We continue to see a lot of untapped potential in Australasia for the integrated propositions that Willis Towers Watson is delivering for clients worldwide. As Head of Australasia, I look forward to ensuring we continue to provide our clients with the innovative insights and offerings that will deliver improved business performance. This is an exciting time for Willis Towers Watson and I believe we are extremely well placed for success in Australia and New Zealand.”

ATC appoints industry leader Sampath Soysa to the position of Chief Operating Officer

ATC Insurance Solutions has recently announced the appointment of Sampath Soysa to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Soysa will oversee ATC’s claims and legal departments, but will also play a key role in expanding ATC’s distribution capability with a strong focus on its broker intermediated business.

ATC have previously had a long relationship with Soysa who has handled many large and complex property and liability claims from his time at Moray and Agnew and more recently as a Partner at Gilchrist Connell. We have a great respect for Sampath’s legal and business development capabilities commented ATC’s CEO, Chris Anderson.

Anderson further commented that Mr Soysa is recognised as an industry leader with his outstanding work at YIPs over a long period of time, and his profile and expertise will further enhance ATC’s delivery capability.

In his most recent role prior to joining ATC, Soysa founded the Melbourne office of leading national insurance law firm, Gilchrist Connell.

ATC is a leading Lloyd’s of London underwriting agency specialising in Construction, Plant & Equipment, Accident & Health, and Sports related insurance products.

Mr Soysa will commence with ATC November 2, 2016.