Transitions: August 2015

This month has kicked off with some major transitions within the industry.


Beazley has announced the appointment of David Platt to the position of underwriter within the company’s Australian accident and health team.

Platt brings almost 20 years’ industry experience to the role, including Head of Accident & Health at Zurich and A&H Underwriting Manager at ACE.

Beazley Head of Accident & Health Business Australia Suzie White says that the company is very pleased to be acquiring a professional of Platt’s standard.

“We are delighted to have attracted an underwriter of David’s caliber to help develop our accident and health business,” White says.

“He has extensive underwriting expertise, and excellent profile in the market and strong relationships with brokers across Australia.”



Peter Harmer has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive IAG Labs by Insurance Australia Group’s (IAG) Managing Director and CEO Mike Wilkins.

Harmer will take responsibility for driving innovation and digital across IAG and its brands, with the new division bringing together some of the company’s existing functions.

Wilkins says that Harmer’s appointment is a critical step to enabling IAG’s continued commitment to innovation for its customers.

“Our rapidly changing operating environment means we must continue to explore new ways of doing business with our customers. The shift to digital in particular is happening at an incredible pace, and we see a significant opportunity to evolve quickly in this area,” Wilkins says.

“Since taking on the role of Chief Digital Officer in March, Peter has been looking at how we can take advantage of the shift to digital and be more inventive, which is why we’ve created IAG Labs.”

Harmer says he is looking forward to taking his work for IAG further within his new role.

“This is an exciting opportunity for IAG to be more strategic, agile and innovative in how we deliver to our customers as we build this new division,” Harmer says.

Further to these changes, Chief Executive Enterprise Operations, Alex Harrison, has decided to resign from his position as Chief Operating Officer at IAG.



Zurich has announced the appointment of Nick Dendrinos as head of the company’s Motor & CTP division in Australia and New Zealand.

Dendrinos has almost 30 years’ experience in the general insurance industry, including a range of previous roles with Zurich such as NSW/ACT state manager and National Underwriting Manager for Motor.

Zurich Chief Underwriting Officer General Insurance Sean Walker says Dendrinos brings great understanding to the role through his extensive experience.

“Motor is a key strength for Zurich and I am delighted that we are able to appoint such an accomplished and capable leader as Nick to lead this important part of our business,” Walker says.

“Nick brings a wealth of experience and a strong broker and customer focus through his extensive work with our state operations.”