IAG announces death of retired leader Malcolm Freeman

IAG has announced the passing of Malcolm Freeman, who died last week following a short illness, with Ben Bessell, Chief Executive, IAG Commercial Insurance, describing him as “exceptional insurance professional”.

Freeman retired from IAG last September after more than 35 years’ industry experience. He started his career in Tasmania with T&G Insurance in 1978 in the National Underwriting Room and subsequently held a number of senior roles within IAG including Commercial Insurances Manager for Commercial Union QLD; Personal Insurances Manager for Commercial Union Asia; NSW State Manager in Workers Compensation, and General Manager of Business Partners.

He also played a key part in the set up of the CGU Marine business, was responsible for leading the turnaround of Business Partners by building strong relationships with financial institutions and affinity partners, and most recently led the integration of the Wesfarmers Insurance businesses.

In a message to IAG employees sent last Friday, Bessell paid tribute to Freeman’s character and commitment to the business, stating: “He was an exceptional insurance professional and a passionate, smart and generous man.”

Bessell added: “Malcolm was a good friend to many of us and today we are feeling a very real sense of loss. From a personal perspective Malcolm was a great friend and provided me with much guidance and advice over many years, along with plenty of laughs along the way.”

Freeman is survived by his wife Jane, and children Simon and Amy.