Global insurance giant appoints Australian leader

Global insurance giant appoints Australian leader | Insurance Business

Global insurance giant appoints Australian leader
Lloyd’s have announced that Christopher Mackinnon will become its new general representative in Australia.

Mackinnon, formerly CEO at Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers, replaces Adrian Humphries who joined Steadfast last year.

With over 20 years of industry experience and having worked in both Australia and Europe, Lloyd’s see Mackinnon as a perfect fit for their Australian operation.

In a statement, Mackinnon said of his new role: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead Lloyd’s presence in Australia. I started my career as a Lloyd’s broker in the London market, and look forward to being part of Lloyd’s again, and contributing to the growth and development of the business in Australia.”

Head of Lloyd’s in Asia-Pacific, Kent Chaplin, sees the move as the best bet for the company to build on its success in the Australian market.

"I am delighted Chris is joining the Lloyd’s team in Asia Pacific. With his extensive experience in the Australia insurance market, and his strong knowledge of Lloyd’s, Chris is the ideal person to lead Lloyd’s in Australia and build on our success as a specialist (re)insurer in the region.”

Mackinnon, who has previously held roles at AJG, Aon, Marsh and CT Bowring, will begin his new role in early February.

In his new role as general representative, Mackinnon will be responsible for market development, maintaining and developing Lloyd’s presence in Australia by liaising with market practitioners and regulatory bodies.

Vincent Vandendael, director of global markets at Lloyd’s, sees the appointment as the best way for Lloyd’s to maintain its strong relationships within the industry.

“Australia is an important market for Lloyd’s, and we've built excellent relationships with brokers and cover-holders over the years. Chris has a strong background in insurance and established relationships in the industry and will be an asset to the team. I look forward to working with him.”