More career moves in insurance

July industry movements continue, with a key appointment at Arthur J Gallagher, and several more including at a local brokerage and an international insurer.

EBM appoints senior broking executive

EBM has appointed Clint Jeuring to Executive Account Director of the Perth Corporate broking team.

Steve Sparkes, Managing Director of EBM, said: “Clint’s impressive bank of international and Australian career experience, and hands-on collaborative approach to key client relationships, provides an invaluable addition to our operational broking services.”

Jeuring joins EBM after 17 years with JLT, including a secondment to the global group’s London headquarters for nearly three years.

He has extensive experience the energy and utilities sectors, including  having been an integral part of the team responsible for negotiations and settlement of the multi-million dollar construction, well control and liability claims relating to an oil spill – the largest incident of its type in over 25 years in Australia.

While in the UK, Jeuring also had daily dealings with Lloyd’s of London negotiating complex insurance solutions for wholesale and retail clients.

He is a Fellow of the ANZIIF, and a NIBA WA Divisional Committee member and Vice Chair elect.

Allianz executives depart for new business venture

Denis Morrissey, General Manager Commercial, and Chris Lynch, National Manager Key Partners, at Allianz Australia have decided to depart Allianz and run their own independent underwriting agency.

David Hosking, Chief General Manager Broker and Agency, said: “As key leaders in the Commercial business for the past thirteen and twelve years respectively, Denis and Chris have played an important role in Allianz’s relationship with our broker partners.”

“To ensure a smooth transition following their departure, Katherine Griffiths, National Manager Underwriting Agencies, and Craig Robson, National Manager State Operations, will report directly to me,” Hosking said.

Barry.Nilsson. strengthens client offering with 12 new promotions

Law firm Barry.Nilsson. promoted 10 lawyers within its Insurance and Health (I&H) team.

They include:

  • Special Counsel: Sue Myers, Nick Robson and Gillian Sheppard
  • Senior Associate: Nathan Buck, Elizabeth O’Connor, Ngaire Wegner
  • Associate: Ashlee Bonanno, Daniella Christodoulou, Kingsley Grimshaw and Venessa Werynski.

Commenting on the promotions, Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner, Don Leembruggen said: “Maintaining our core values while achieving successful expansion nationwide requires a commitment from each member of our team. I am very confident we have the right people in place nationwide to deliver continued technical and client service excellence for our clients’ benefit,” he said.

The firm’s I&H team has gained recognition recently, including being nominated for the sixth consecutive year as a Finalist in the ANZIIF Australian Insurance Industry Awards. This year they are again finalists for Professional Services Firm of the Year, after taking out the top spot last in 2016.

RMIA appoints new chief

Scott Ryrie has been appointed the new CEO of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA).

Anthony Ventura, RMIA President and Chair, has welcomed Ryrie to the institution: “With Scott’s leadership, fellow RMIA Board members and I are excited for what the future holds. We are confident Scott will maintain and develop our keen focus on the needs of RMIA members and the development of the risk management profession.”

Starting on 7 August, Ryrie will bring with him vast experience from the insurance and reinsurance industry. He’s had leadership and account roles with XL Re, Allianz Reinsurance, Guy Carpenter Asia Pacific, Ryrie Consulting and A.M Best Asia Pacific.

XL Catlin makes significant appointments

XL Catlin’s insurance has appointed Sonja Ochsenkuehn as Head of Global Programs with worldwide responsibility.

Ochsenkuehn’s remit is to drive the network performance and best in class service delivery. She will have direct responsibility over XL Catlin’s global program platform, with teams in New York, London, Zurich, Mexico City, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Vienna.

Philippe Gouraud, XL Catlin’s Global Head of Strategic Client & Broker Management, whom Ochsenkuehn will report to, said: “We made the strategic decision to strengthen our team because we recognise our clients’ needs are changing and getting more complex, moving from the traditional risks, such as property and casualty programs, to include political violence and terrorism, supply chain disruption or cyber risks.”

Global insurance programs are a strategic development area for XL Catlin.

Meanwhile, Ashish Umre, formerly Lead Scientist, Marketing Data Science & Optimisation at Tesco, has been made XL Catlin’s Accelerate Partner, Artificial Intelligence.

Based in London, he will work within the disruption and innovation team developing the global insurer’s participation in AI projects with start-ups.