Transitions March 2016

Check out the latest movements and transitions within the industry this month.


AUB Group has appointed industry expert Jordan Hawke to lead its Life & Financial Services initiative.

With over 25 years’ experience, Hawke joins AUB from Suncorp Life where he was the Executive General Manager of Distribution.

Previously, Hawke was General Manager of Asteron Life as well as holding senior leadership positions at Tower Life, MLC and Legal & General Life of Australia

AUB says Hawke’s appointment will be a critical resource in delivering the next phase of the group’s Life & Financial Services strategy.

“Coupled with my experience and strong passion for expanding clients’ wealth and wealth protection, this position is beneficial to all. It’s exciting times ahead,” says Hawke.

Hawke’s remit will be to focus on building out the next phase for the benefit of all AUB Group businesses and enhance the opportunity for growth.

Further to this, Angie Zissis has been appointed as Managing Director of AUB-owned underwriting agency Sura.

Zissis was most recently the ATC Insurance Solutions NSW State Manager, and has also held the position of Finance Director at Marsh and Chief Operations Officer at Aon Australia.

Elantis Premium Funding

Elantic Premium Funding has announced the appointment of Nick Cunningham to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Cunningham transitions from his role as Head of Distribution, but has stepped into the CEO position on an interim basis.

The move is a result of Jurgen Rammesmayer’s transition to Arthur J Gallagher as Chief Operations Officer.

AJG Managing Director Steve Lockwood says Cunningham’s track record of hard work has earned him the role.

“Nick is in many respects a natural choice for the CEO role given his significant contribution to the business over the past 18 months,” Lockwood says.

“Following Jurgen’s recent move into the Australia COO role, Nick slotted effortlessly into an acting CEO role in early January.

“During this time he has continued to grow the business in line with our long term strategy and as such I have no doubt that Nick will continue to take the business from strength to strength in the year ahead.

“Nick has made a strong contribution to our current market position and is well positioned to provide continuity and focus for the business in the next phase of its growth.”

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has announced that experienced insurance lawyer Jacques Jacobs has joined as a partner in Sydney.

Jacobs was most recently a partner at global law firm DLA Piper in Sydney and before that worked at DLA’s legacy firm Phillips Fox in Australia and New Zealand.

His experience spans insurance advice and product development, as well as managing contentious claims.

Jacobs says Norton Rose Fulbright’s proud history in global insurance was a major drawcard.

“I was attracted to Norton Rose Fulbright’s dedication to its insurance practice and particular areas of advice such as litigation, D&O insurance, warranties and indemnities,” he says.

“I also have a focus on cyber and related issues and have been impressed with the firm’s thought-leadership in this area.”


QBE Insurance Group Limited has announced the appointment of highly respected Lloyds veteran Rolf Tolle as a non-executive director.

As Lloyd’s first ever Franchise Performance Director, Tolle was one of the main architects of the market’s resurgence as a leading force in the international insurance industry.

During his seven years in the role, Tolle was awarded the Silver Medal for Services at Lloyds – an honour bestowed to only a few individuals since its creation in 1917.

QBE Chairman Marty Becker says the company is delighted that Tolle agreed to join the QBE Board.

“His contribution to the success of Lloyds today cannot be overstated, re-establishing the trust the market enjoys today with clients, regulators and rating agencies,” Becker says.

“His understanding of global, specialist insurance markets will be invaluable to QBE and his appointment further complements the depth of insurance and reinsurance expertise on our Board.”

Further to this, Andrew Borden has been appointed as General Manager of Workers’ Compensation, effective 21 March.

Borden brings almost 20 years of experience to the role, with over half of that derived from time spent in the Workers’ Compensation sector.

QBE Australia Executive General Manager Intermediary Distribution Jason Clarke says: “We are extremely fortunate to have Andrew take up this key role leading our national Workers Compensation team.”

“Andrew brings critical skills and experience to the role as we continue to seek new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our customers, while also delivering sensitive and effective support to injured workers,” he adds.

Borden says he is looking forward to being a part of the QBE team.

“I’m excited to be taking on the role of General Manager Workers Compensation,” Borden says.

“QBE has a long history and strong commitment to the Workers Compensation sector and I’m looking forward to joining the team as we continue to deliver high levels of service to brokers, employers and injured workers.”