Transitions: September 2015

Stay informed about some of the major transitions in the industry this month, including a retirement from the IAG Board.


Arthur J. Gallagher

Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) has announced the appointment of Dan Quintin as Branch Manager in Hobart, commencing 16 October.

Quintin has 15 years of experience, including a four-year stint at AJG London and, most recently, as Senior Account Manager at GSA.

AJG Chief Executive Andrew Godden says: “Dan is exactly the kind of quality talent we want to attract to help bring our global strength and national capability into local markets where we have a long-standing community presence, like Hobart.”

“He’s always got the clients’ interest at heart and has an exceptional ability to find the right solution across a wide range of client types and industries.”

Quintin says that he is happy to be back with AJG and looks forward to taking advantage of emerging opportunities.

“I’m excited to be re-joining the Gallagher family in Hobart, along with being closer to my own family in the area,” he says.

“I see a world of opportunity ahead of us to provide the best possible insurance advice and solutions to our clients given the tremendous resources in the organisation. I am looking forward to working with the team, meeting our clients and growing our business.”



Austbrokers Holdings has announced the appointment of Paul Lahiff to Director of the Board, effective 1 October.

Currently, Lahiff is a Director and Trustee of SunSuper and Chairman of NPP Australia Limited, Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers, LIXI Australia and Retail Finance Intelligence.

Further to this appointment, Richard Longes will retire following the company’s Annual General Meeting after 10 years as Chairman of Austbrokers.

The Austbroker’s Board has also appointed David Clarke as incoming Chairman. Currently, Clarke is Chairman of Charter Hall Group and a past director of AMP Limited, Allco Finance Group Limited and Lend Lease Corporation Limited.


Insurance Australia Group

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) Chairman Brian Schwartz AM has announced that independent non-executive Director Yasmin Allen will retire from the IAG Board, effective today.

Allen joined the Board in 2004 and is also a member of IAG’s People and Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee and Risk Committee.

“Yasmin has made an extensive and valuable contribution to IAG throughout the past 11 years as a director and Board committee member. She has been an excellent director and a wonderful colleague and we wish her all the best as she pursues her other roles,” Schwartz says.

Following Allen’s retirement, Elizabeth Bryan will be appointed member of the Risk Committee, Jon Nicholson will be appointed to the Risk and Audit Committees, and Alison Deans will be appointed to the People and Remuneration Committee.



QBE has announced that Group General Manager of Credit & Surety Richard Wulff will be relocating to Hong Kong in order to support the company’s Asia Pacific teams.

Effective January 2016, Wulff will help service the increasing number of QBE clients located across Asia. Wulff will remain responsible for the group’s Trade Credit, Surety and Political Risk portfolios in Australia & New Zealand, as well as Europe, North America and Latin America.

QBE Insurance Group Chief Executive Officer Emerging Markets David Fried says: “Richard brings extensive global experience to our region, which will enable us to better support our partners and clients.”

Wulff says that he is excited to be servicing the group’s clients in the Asia region.

“I am thrilled to be one of the world’s most vibrant environments to grow QBE’s trade credit insurance and surety business,” Wulff says.

“I look forward to serving our clients both in Asia Pacific and throughout our worldwide operations.”



Elizabeth Gallagher has been appointed to the role of Chief Claims Officer for Zurich Australia & New Zealand General Insurance.

With Zurich since 2012, Gallagher had held the position of Head of Claims Governance & Quality Assurance and Head of Liability & Specialty Lines.

Zurich’s General Insurance interim Chief Executive Officer Rajbir Nanra says that Gallagher’s experience and skill set matches the role well.

The role of Chief Claims Officer is a critical leadership role for Zurich we place significant emphasis on ensuring that we have the very best claims service to support our broker community and customers,” Nanra says.

“Elizabeth Gallagher has the right experience and expertise to provide that leadership. In addition, Elizabeth’s appointment is a great testament to the internal talent pipeline we have here at Zurich.

Gallagher will be taking over the role from Daniel Franzetti, who will be returning to the North America following his two-year stint at Zurich.