Insurance transitions for March

The latest movements and transitions within the industry so far this month.

Willis Towers Watson appoints Lead Corporate Risk & Broking in Asia Pacific

Willis Towers Watson has announced the appointment of Simon Weaver as Leader of Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB) for Asia and Australasia.

“Simon’s extensive risk management and insurance broking industry expertise, combined with his deep understanding of Asia-based clients and markets, makes him very well positioned to help us to maximise engagement with our clients and to drive business growth. Simon’s appointment reinforces Willis Towers Watson’s commitment to delivering excellent client experiences across Asia Pacific by leveraging the company’s global platform,” said Adam Garrard, Head of CRB International.

Speaking to his appointment, Simon said, “Willis Towers Watson is focused on delivering seamless client service across the Asia Pacific region, including our market leading risk modelling, sector specialisms and our risk management and analytics and risk engineering expertise. I look forward to working with all of our clients and to further strengthening our insurance partner relationships across this dynamic and fast growing region.”

Key senior hires at CFC
CFC Underwriting has announced that it has expanded its global leadership team with the appointment of two strategic senior hires. Katherine Nellums and Peter Samuel have joined CFC as Marketing Director and Human Resources Director, respectively.

“The passion, entrepreneurialism and sheer hard work of the team here at CFC has led to our business achieving exceptional year-on-year growth,” said CFC CEO, David Walsh. “We’re at an incredibly exciting stage in our journey as a company, and the addition of Katherine and Pete to our leadership team further solidifies our commitment to becoming a global leader in specialist insurance as well as an employer of choice in the London market.”

Walsh continued: “Katherine and Pete are high calibre professionals with deep expertise in their respective fields, and most importantly, they share our passion for the culture and vision of CFC. We are delighted to welcome them on board.”

QBE broker distribution head takes up opportunity in Hong Kong

QBE Insurance has announced that General Manager Broker Distribution, Jason Hammond, has accepted a secondment opportunity in QBE’s Asia Pacific Operations.

Hammond will work with CEO Jason Brown’s leadership team, based in Hong Kong. Executive General Manager Intermediary Distribution, Jason Clarke, said he was pleased Jason was able to accept the opportunity.

“This is a wonderful chance for Jason to expand his experience outside of Australia, and his previous experience in Workers Compensation will be invaluable to support the remediation of our Asia business,” Clarke said.

During his secondment period, the Broker Distribution regional managers will report directly to Clarke.

IAG appoints two Board directors

Elizabeth Bryan, Chairman of IAG, revealed that Michelle Tredenick and Sheila McGregor have been appointed as independent non-executive directors to the Board of the company.

Bryan said the appointment of these two highly experienced and respected individuals will provide IAG’s Board with additional strength in areas associated with its strategic priorities of customer satisfaction, business simplification and agility.

“Michelle and Sheila have extensive management experience in the application of rapidly-changing technology to business and, as well, bring with them skills in the important cultural areas of risk and governance,” she said.

CHU establishes key customer role

CHU has announced the appointment of Anne-Maree Paull to this important role. She has been with CHU for six years as State Manager for NSW and ACT.

“CHU is proud of its long-standing relationships, however, we recognise the need to constantly improve. We need to understand, meet and sometimes pre-empt the emerging needs of our customers. The establishment of this new role is part of that drive,“ said CEO Bobby Lehane.

“The positon will play a critical role between CHU’s operations function and key clients to ensure that key client needs are met and, where possible, exceeded.“

Lehane added that Paull’s knowledge of the industry; her relationships with CHU’s key customers; and her proven track-record of delivering strategic initiatives were ideal attributes to support CHU’s customer focus.

EBM announces new national appointment

EBM has appointed Lyndall Mitchell as National Relationship Manager – Broking.

Mitchell commenced in the insurance industry in 2001 and has held roles with BMW Financial Services and Marsh. She established her own broking business in Melbourne in 2012.

“Lyndall will be a great addition to the EBM team, further bolstering our capabilities and reach as we continue to develop our strategy to grow market presence” Ryan Cameron, EBM Executive General Manager, said.

“Part of Lyndall’s key responsibilities will be to promote and enhance greater national alignment between our Broking, RentCover, EBM Financial Planning and EBM Finance businesses and with our key account relationships, partnerships and associations.”

GB appoints National Business Development Manager – General Insurance

Gallagher Bassett (GB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Prabu to the role of National Business Development Manager for GB’s rapidly expanding General Insurance Division, effective March 7. He is based in GB’s Sydney CBD office.

Peter Tomkins, GB’s General Manager of Specialty Markets, said, “with the rapid growth we have recently seen within our general insurance division, and GB’s recent appointment as the dedicated claims manager for icare’s TMF and hbcf schemes, we are excited to welcome Christopher to the team and benefit from his insurance experience across all lines.”

Prabu added: “I am excited to be joining GB at such an exciting time, particularly for the general insurance division. I’m looking forward to developing new business opportunities and working closely with our existing clients.”

Christopher brings to his new role more than eight years of insurance industry experience.

AUB Group Limited appoints Susan Mitchell as chief financial officer 

The AUB Group has announced the appointment of Susan Mitchell as chief financial officer (CFO) effective June 1, 2018.

Mitchell is an experienced senior finance executive and CFO, having previously worked across ASX-listed and start-up private equity-backed financial institutions, subsidiaries of global banks, and a major international accounting firm. For the last nine years, Ms Mitchell has been the CFO of ASX-listed mortgage broker and financial planner, Mortgage Choice Limited. In that role, she led a team with responsibility for finance, investor relations, company secretarial, franchise operations, and lending support.

Mark Searles, CEO and managing director, AUB Group, said, “We are very pleased to have secured such a high calibre candidate with a depth of experience that will be invaluable to AUB Group.”

Susan Mitchell said, “I am excited to join AUB Group, the leading equity-based risk management, advice and solutions provider in Australasia. Their purpose, scale and unique equity based partnership model are all aspects that I look forward to supporting with my previous experience.”

Aviso Group makes two senior appointments

Aviso Group, the private insurance broking firm formed in 2017 by seven broker partners nationwide, with insurance investment company Envest, has announced the appointment of Craig Robson as CEO and John Clayton as Executive Chairman.

Robson, who will start on 19 March 2018, was previously National Manager State Operations at Allianz and Clayton, who joined on 1 January 2018, is a former industry doyen of 40 years whose last role was Chairman and Pacific Region Head of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management.

The Aviso Group is made up of the following insurance brokers: Aviso WA (Formerly IC Frith WA), Fitzpatrick & Co Insurance Brokers (VIC), Eagle Insurance Brokers (NSW), Acumen Insurance Brokers (NSW), MacMurray Insurance Brokers (TAS), Allsafe Insurance Brokers (QLD) and Insurance Aid General Brokers (QLD).

Said Greg Mullins, Partner of Envest: “We are delighted to have the calibre of senior people like Craig and John join the Aviso Group and the broader Envest family. Aviso is an entrepreneurial and national alternative to traditional broking groups and it is well positioned for further growth.”

Clayton said, “It’s exciting to become part of a lean, entrepreneurial and creative business such as Aviso. I am also very pleased about the appointment of Craig and what this brings to the group as we work together to implement new ideas and present new opportunities to the broking world.”

Robson said,: “Aviso stands for Advice and Vision and I was attracted by the team’s vision of building a national brand strongly focused on quality advice and using the best technology has to offer.”