Insurance transitions for October

Movements and transitions within the industry continue this month.

icare appoints Broker Relationship Manager

icare has appointed a new Broker Relationship Manager, Rizwan Haque, who is responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with brokers.

Operating within the workers compensation arena for over 11 years has given Rizwan a wide range of experience; from working with agents in claims, leadership, risk management to managing national relationships for customers and intermediaries. Rizwan’s strength lies in his ability to develop and grow relationships to realise the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders.

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Allianz makes changes to broker management team

Allianz has announced  changes to its broker and agency management team with the creation of three new roles.

The new positions are: GM Broker Distribution; GM Consumer, SME and Platform Solutions; and National Manager Strategy and Key Partnerships. These will report directly to Chief GM David Hosking.

Glen Drinnan, previously GM Corporate and NZ, has been appointed to the GM Broker Distribution role, while recruitment is under way for the GM Consumer, SME and Platform Solutions position.

A National Manager Strategy and Key Partnerships role will also be recruited, but in the interim National Strategic Relationship Manager Bill Lezes and National Manager Sales Programs and Customer Experience Alison Brough will report directly to Mr Hosking.

It has been reported that the departures of former commercial GM Denis Morrissey and former national manager key partners Chris Lynch, announced in July, are expected to have played a part in the decision to restructure the business.

All other areas of the broker and agency business including Allianz Tailored Solutions; Hunter Premium Funding; Risk and Compliance; and Distribution Finance and Planning, remain broadly unchanged.

Willis Towers Watson appoints Corporate Risk and Broking Leader for Qld

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Scott Kirkwood as Corporate Risk and Broking (CRB) Leader for Queensland, effective immediately.

Kirkwood is based in Brisbane and is responsible for driving the company’s overall CRB growth strategy, value proposition, and talent acquisition and development in the Queensland market. He reports to Andrew Boal, in his capacity as Head of CRB for Australia.

Commenting on the appointment, Boal said: “Scott is a proven leader who has a great reputation within our organisation and strong credibility in the marketplace. His track record of managing key client relationships and driving business growth will be a great asset as he leads our CRB operations in Queensland, as will his strong people management skills. Under Scott’s leadership, our Brisbane-based team will continue to deliver innovative and cutting-edge risk management and transfer solutions to help our clients manage their business in today’s volatile environment.”

Kirkwood has been with Willis Towers Watson since 2001, and has recently held the role of Global Client Advocate responsible for the coordination of Willis Towers Watson’s services to major global clients. Previously he held the roles of National Mining Practice Leader and Queensland Corporate Team Leader, and was the Servicing Broker for a range of Queensland-based corporate accounts.

In reference to his new role, Kirkwood said: “I’m very proud to be appointed to lead our team of dedicated colleagues in Queensland. It’s an exciting time for Willis Towers Watson in Australia at present and I look forward to engaging with colleagues and clients alike as we continue to grow our client relationships and service offerings in the local market.”

Gallagher Bassett appoints International Product Director – Lloyd’s

Gallagher Bassett Services (GB) has promoted Peter Diskin to the role of International Product Director – Lloyd’s, strengthening its international offering for Lloyd’s of London-underwritten business.

In keeping with this new role, Diskin will relocate to London from Brisbane in January 2018. During his 17 years at GB in Australia, Peter has held various Claims Specialist and Operational Management roles, including leading GB’s Business Development team and the ongoing relationship management of GB’s UK-based Lloyd’s clients.

Simon Pemberton, GB Director of Sales and Marketing – United Kingdom, said, “We very much look forward to welcoming Peter to the UK. Whilst he has been a regular visitor to London over the years, Peter’s new role will allow GB to further develop our international opportunities and product development for new and existing markets.”

GB has stated that they will continue to focus on enhancing its existing Lloyd’s partnerships for its key international operations in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.