Transitions: mid-December

Catch the last big movements in the industry for 2015.

Arthur J. Gallagher

Arthur J. Gallagher has announced the appointment of Jurgen Rammesmayer as Chief Operating Officer of its Australian broking business.

Rammesmayer will transition from his current position as CEO at Elantis Premium Funding. Elantis Head of Distribution Nick Cunningham will become acting CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

Arthur J. Gallagher COO Sarah Lyons will become Managing Director Commercial Broking, retaining responsibility for the commercial network.

“We already have a great team of talented and committed individuals in our business,” says Arthur J. Gallagher Chief Executive Andrew Godden.

“Jurgen is a high calibre leader and his international background and financial services experience will be a tremendous addition to help us drive growth further as we enter 2016.”

All appointments become effective on 1 January 2016.


Underwriting Agencies Council

The Underwriting Agencies Council has announced the appointment of Lyndon Turner to chairman, transitioning from deputy chair.

Current NM Insurance CEO, Turner will replace current chair Heath Amber, who has decided to step down after two years in the role. Amber will remain on the board.

Turner was re-elected to the board for two-year term, along with XL Catlin Company Secretary Peter Fryer, ProRisk’s Peter Marshall and Lion Underwriting’s Kurt Neilsen.

Amber has thanked UAC General Manager William Legge for his dedication to UAC and the enthusiasm he gave to his role.  

“William extends enormous energy and passion into the agency sector. His commitment to UAC’s day-to-day operations enables the board to focus on strategy, member involvement and future opportunities,” Amber says.



QBE Australia has announced the appointment of Tim Air to the newly created role of National Manager Marine Specialty Risks (MSR), effective 8 December.

Air was previously QBE Underwriting Manager Marine in Victoria and Tasmania,  and has 25 years experience in the marine insurance market, working across underwriting, claims and sales.

QBE General Manager Specialty Chris Harnett says he was proud to promote a new leader from within the team to take the MSR business forward.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Tim to the Specialty leadership team and working with him to identify ways to further grow our MSR business in Australia,” Harnett says.

“Tim’s skills are well aligned to the objectives of this role, and his expertise will be key as we continue to focus on our existing partnerships and develop growth opportunities in the Marine insurance space.”

General Manager MSR Neil Hiller will be leaving QBE in 2016 to pursue a new opportunity.

“On behalf of the whole team at QBE I’d like to thanks Neil for his contribution to QBE over the past six years to wish him well for the future,” Harnett says.