Zurich expands life risk team



Zurich Financial Services Australia, which this year received approval to proceed with its acquisition of Macquarie Life’s risk business, has announced the appointment of 14 new members to its risk distribution team.

Zurich says the new appointments were made across the business development, risk strategies and strategic accounts teams and include the recent appointment of Dave Evans to the role of national sales manager.

In New South Wales, Rhonda Morley and Mark Olivier join Zurich as business development managers. Jessica Brady joins the risk strategy specialist team and Klytie Sheppard has been appointed to the risk strategic accounts team.

Lauren Styles joins as a business development manager in Victoria, Zurich said in a statement yesterday.

In Queensland, Michelle Dolan, Peter Christopherson, Russell Townsend and Ryan Adair have joined the business development team, while Danielle Visser has been appointed to the risk strategy specialist team.

Simon Betchley joins as a business development manager in South Australia.

In Western Australia, Aaron Boddy has been appointed as regional manager, with David Rees joining the new risk strategy specialist team.

Life and investments head of distribution, Kristine Brooks, said the new team will be instrumental in bringing Zurich’s expanded product and service proposition to market.

“The life insurance advice landscape is evolving rapidly, and advisers are looking for help in re-shaping their businesses to adapt to change and to turn it into opportunity,” Ms Brooks said.

“Innovative product solutions, efficiency enhancing technology and comprehensive educational programs are just some of the resources we have developed to facilitate this ‘future proofing’,” she said.

“Adding to our award-winning business development presence in every mainland state significantly strengthens our ability to support licensees and advisers in growing their practice and improving their own customer proposition.”

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