Transitions: March

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

Capsicum Delegated Authority

Independent specialist binding authority broker Capsicum Delegated Authority has announced that Daniel Snowden will join them as a Director.

Snowden, who will be responsible for growing Capsicum DA’s offering across multiple territories, particularly Asia, Australia, Scandinavia and South Africa, has over 20 years’ industry experience.

He’ll be joining from RFIB Group where he has been a Director involved in producing and placing binding authorities and facultative business into the Lloyd’s market.

Snowden will be based in London and will report to Philip Richardson, Senior Executive Director at Capsicum DA.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Daniel to the team. His in-depth understanding of multiple classes across various territories complements our existing capabilities and supports our strategy to further our geographic reach,” Richardson says.

Munich Re Australasia

Munich Re Australasia MD Heinrich Eder will retire at the end of June.

Eder, who is on the board of the Insurance Council of Australia, joined the company back in 1979, working in a number of underwriting roles before making his way up the ranks.

Eder was was president of Munich Re Japan for eight years before joining Munich Re Australasia as General Manager of their Non-Life Division in 2003 and then Managing Director in 2005.

His replacement will be announced in the next few months.

Strata Community Insurance

Strata Community Insurance (SCI) has announced the appointment of Helen Auricht to the position of SA/NT State Manager, commencing 4 April.

SCI Managing Director Paul Keating says: “With over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Helen is well placed to lead the SCI team in South Australia as we move our business into its post start-up phase and work towards cementing our place in the niche strata insurance sector.”

Auricht will be transitioning from her role as State Manage at Ansvar.

Adam Fuller has also been appointed to the position of Underwriting Manager, based in Victoria, and Jodie Richardson will take the position of Underwriting Manager in Queensland.

“The appointment of Helen, Adam and Jodi to support our South Australian, Victorian and Queensland insurance brokers places us in an ideal position going forward,” Keating says.

“They bring to the table a wealth of experience in both residential and commercial strata insurance.”


Zurich has announced two significant appointments to further strengthen its marine proposition.

Iain Sharples will join Zurich as National Manager, Marine and Transport Liability on 12 April and will lead the marine liability and logistics proposition for Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Allwyn D’Sousa commenced his role as Senior Marine Claims Advisor on 1 March and will provide technical leadership for the company’s marine claims proposition.

Head of Property, Engineering and Marine Matthew O’Sullivan welcomes the appointments, adding that marine logistics and technical claims service are key aspects of Zurich’s marine proposition.

“We are delighted to attract top talent to benefit our brokers and customers,” O’Sullivan says.

Sharples brings to the company over 20 years’ experience working in the marine liability and logistics market.

D’Sousa has more than 20 years’ experience in marine claims, after spending 15 years at sea as a master mariner in the Merchant Navy.