Bessell has been the ANZIIF deputy president since May 20, 2021. His acceptance of the presidency follows Tim Plant, IAG chief insurance and strategy officer, stepping down at the end of his two-year ANZIIF term.
“It is a privilege to be elected president of ANZIIF, an organisation that has a critical role to play across the Asia-Pacific Region. I look forward to working with the board and management to ensure strategic objectives are achieved and to contribute toward the ongoing professionalism of the industry,” Bessell said.
“Tim has been a gracious and insightful strategic leader on our board for two years now and has seen ANZIIF through significant transition periods. The support and expertise that Tim has brought to the board has been outstanding,” Willsford said.
During the year, Hilary Bates, chief operating officer of Zurich, also joined the ANZIIF board – replacing Megan Beers, who retired from the ANZIIF board at the AGM.
“We are pleased to welcome Hilary to the ANZIIF board,” said Willsford. “She brings with her a wealth of experience and will add significant value to ANZIIF and the insurance industry.”
Commenting on Beer's retirement, Willsford said: “We have been very fortunate to have had Megan on the ANZIIF board since 2015. ANZIIF and the entire team have greatly benefited from Megan's advice, knowledge, and over 25 years of industry experience.”