Zurich Australia adds to its C-suite

Zurich has appointed a new Chief Claims Officer to its General Insurance business in Australia and New Zealand, as well as promoting a well-known figure to brokers.

Hilary Bates has been appointed as Chief Claims Officer, joining Zurich after more than a decade in the insurance industry, in both Australia and the US. She joins from QBE Australia where she held the role of Head of Strategy and Technical.

Rajbir Nanra, Chief Executive Officer, General Insurance, Australia and New Zealand said: “Hilary brings with her a wealth of leadership and industry experience gained throughout her international career.”

Zurich also announced that Lori Messori has been appointed to the position of Head of Commercial Distribution. Messori initially joined Zurich as National Broker Manager in 2013 before moving into the role of Head of Broker Management last year. He has over 30 years’ industry experience.

Messori’s new role will take effect immediately while Bates joins Zurich on 15 August 2016.

In April, Zurich announced that Stuart Farquharson will take up the role of Chief Financial Officer on 11 July.