Transitions: late July 2015

Catch the latest movements in the industry this month.

Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers

Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers has announced the appointment of insurance lawyer Simon Black as second partner. .

Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers Managing Partner Don Leembruggen says that Black is a great fit for the practice.

“Simon has developed a strong expertise in professional indemnity matters with national and international experience, which will further strengthen our speciality in this area,” Leembruggen says.

“Simon also shares our passion for client service, making him a great cultural fit for the firm.”

Black says that he looks forward to joining the firm and being apart of its growth in the coming years.

“I am excited to be joining the Barry.Nilsson. team and look forward to being part of the continued expansion of the firm’s Sydney practice and national offering,” Black says.


Insurance Advisernet Australia

QBE’s Chief Underwriting Officer Asia Shaun Standfield has resigned his position and will be moving onto become MD of Insurance Advisernet (IA).

IA Founder and Chairman Ian Carr says that the appointment will be critical for the next phase of the company’s strategy.

“It was time for the business to evolve and with Shaun on board we’re now ideally placed to do exactly that,” Carr says.

“His background, experience and reputation are ideal to take IA forward into our next phase and expand our position as the leading Dealer Group/Authorised Representative model in Australia and New Zealand.”

Standfield is due to start his new position at IA this coming October.



Marsh has announced the appointment of Don Bailey to head of global sales, reporting directly to Marsh’s global CEO Peter Zaffino.

Bailey says that he is pleased to be given the opportunity to work alongside Marsh’s international team.

“I am delighted to be working with a team of global business leaders to further embed Marsh’s world-class sales culture,” Bailey says.

“Our success will be predicated upon creating value for clients through exceptional services and differentiated product offerings.”

Marsh CEO Peter Zaffino says: “Don’s appointment reinforces our commitment to deliver consistent organic growth in every market around the world. Don’s expertise and industry knowledge make him an ideal choice to fill this critical role.”



QBE has announced the appointment of Tim Plant to CEO of QBE’s Australian and New Zealand operations.

Plant will be replacing Colin Fagen, who will moves into a new Group Chief Strategy Officer position.

Plant brings more than 20 years’ experience in international insurance and reinsurance to the role, including more than 13 years’ service with QBE.

Group CEO John Neal says that appointing Plant to the position was a logical decision due to his contribution to the company.

“Promoting Tim into the role of CEO for Australian and New Zealand Operations was a logical decision given his strong contribution to QBE and his leadership of our Corporate Partners and Direct business,” Neal says.

“As an alumni of our Executive Leadership Program, we have had the opportunity to prepare Tim for a role of this significance and importance to QBE.”

Both Plant and Fagen will take up their new position on 18 August.

In other transitions from QBE, former Chubb Australia MD Mark Lingafelter is to become MD Asia Pacific.

The new role will be a Singapore-based position, with Lingafelter working under QBE CEO Emerging Markets David Fried.