Transitions: September 2014

Broker Buzz brings you the important movements and announcements within the insurance industry this month.



Mark Hoppe has been appointed as Atradius’ new Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.

Hoppe has experience working in insurance around the world, beginning his career as a broker before moving to Atradius in 2006.

Hoppe says he is looking forward to all the opportunities his new role presents.

“Credit insurance has an important role to play for many businesses and I feel there are still many opportunities to educate the local market on its benefits,” he says.

“As a key player it is important that Atradius continues to drive market growth and create new opportunities.”



LMI have opened up their first Tasmanian branch in Hobart, with Gary Price, a qualified chartered loss adjuster, managing the office.

Professor Allan Manning, Managing Director of LMI, says he hopes the new office to make an impact in Tasmania.

“One of the things that we will be doing in conjunction with the opening of this new office will be pushing the Tasmanian Government to remove the Fire Services Levy on insurance,” he says.

“With the opening of the Gold Coast office earlier this month, LMI have now actioned half their plan, with Canberra and Coffs Harbour offices to come before year end.”



Rob Thomas AM has retired from the TAL board after seven years of service.

Duncan Boyle, current board member, has been appointed as the new Chair.

Thomas says the time was right for him to step down.

“I am very proud of the growth and results achieved at TAL over the past seven years along with the strong customer culture that has developed,” Thomas says.

“In that time TAL has become the largest life insurer in Australia and it has been recognised with many awards for its products, services and performance. It has been an honour to serve as Chair of the TAL Board.”

Boyle, who was CEO of the UK operations of Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance (RSA) for four years, says he is delighted at his new appointment.

“I am delighted to take on the role of Chair and look forward to helping TAL continue to build on its very strong foundations,” he says.