Transitions: Late October 2014

Broker Buzz brings you the most important transitions from the past month.


Allianz insurance

Allianz Insurance has appointed Eugene Elisara as CEO – New Zealand following the retirement of of Bruce Watters at the end of 2014.

Eugene will assume responsibility as of 1 November for the company’s corporate and commercial broker distribution as well as representing Allianz as the primary contact for local industry and regulatory bodies.

Eugene joins Allianz from American International Group (AIG) in New Zealand where he was the Head of Broker Distribution and Client Management. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Chief Administration Officer with AIG, and has practised law in both New Zealand and Australia, predominantly specialising in insurance.


Gain Insurance

Gain Insurance is the newest authorised representative (AR) to join broker Marsh Advantage Insurance.

The five new ARs will be led by Gain Principle Tamer Avsar, and based at the Marsh head office in Melbourne.

Marsh Executive Director Travis Kemp said the addition was an important milestone for his company’s AR model.

“Gain Insurance is the first of the ‘super-producers’ to come on board under our core strategy to identify and attract broking teams that are aligned to our brand and growth objectives, and can bring an established client portfolio,” he says.


Susan Elias has been appointed Cyber National Manager at Marsh’s Financial and Professional Risks practice.

The company says the recently created role underscores the growing importance of cyber liability in the Australian market.

Elias previously held the role of Asia-Pacific Financial Lines Manager at Zurich Financial Services, where she developed and launched its cyber liability product for the region.

Mobius Underwriting Australasia

SLE Holdings specialised agency Mobius has promoted former Senior Property Underwriter Stuart Warden to General Manager.

Mobius has recently expanded its product range from property, general liability, management liability and cyber risks to include residential strata, which was launched in June, with commercial strata set to launch next year.