Cluster group's agency targets states with major expansion

Cluster group's agency targets states with major expansion | Insurance Business

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Austagencies' contractor plant and equipment underwriting agency CEMA has made a string of high-profile appointments.

CEMAC, the highly recognised plant and equipment specialist is set for a major expansion which has culminated in the appointment of a number of highly experienced industry experts. 

Norm Verity has joined CEMAC as the national manager. Norm was previously the national technical services manager for the Master Builders Insurance Services. Prior to that, he was the CGU national retail manager for CGU construction and engineering.

CEMAC will establish a new office in Victoria and begin operations on 11 June,  2013. Keina Tiaon, who has 11 years insurance experience with the last eight years specialising in the contractors plant and machinery field, has been appointed state manager.  

She joins from UAA where she was the Victorian operations manager and will commence with CEMAC on the 1 July, 2013.

Brenton Mann joins as product development manager for Victoria. Brenton has nine years insurance experience specialising throughout the construction related insurance segment.

Prior to his latest role, Mann worked at Lumley as Victorian senior engineering and construction manager, which includes the mobile plant and machinery portfolio for Victoria. He commences his new role on the 11 June 2013.

To further aid the development of the NSW portfolio CEMAC has appointed Stephen Borg to product development manager of NSW.

Borg has 38 years insurance experience in the underwriting field with the last four years specialising in the contractors plant and machinery field. He joins from UAA where he was the development manager for NSW. Borg joins CEMAC in his new role on the 13 June 2013.

CEMAC’s Queensland office has been restructured and will be supported by product manager, Trent Rogash, who joined CEMAC in 2006.

Stuart Donnelly, who previously headed the NSW Branch, has become new state manager; and Katrina Hogan was recently recruited from UAA where she was senior underwriter / office manager.

Brendon Kropp recently transferred from CEMAC’s NSW office to Perth to establish its WA platform which has been very well supported by the local broker market.

Austagencies bought CEMAC in 2010.