Diaz has 21 years of experience in insurance, including risk management, broking, underwriting, and client-facing roles. She specialises in product recall and contamination, corporate protection, terrorism, and cyber lines. She also has extensive local and international exposure, having worked in worked in Latin America, London, and the Australian and Asia Pacific insurance markets.
The new role will provide a national focus for state market management deliverables.
Under her new role, Diaz will continue to drive HDI Global's major account practice while aligning the overall national market management strategy. She will also continue to strengthen and support long-term relationships by coordinating across offices and lines of business in Australia, New Zealand, and across the Asia Pacific.
“This is such an exciting time in the HDI growth story and opportunity to bring the best value-driven insurance solutions to our brokers and clients as a local partner across Australia and the Asia Pacific with the backing of our HDI global network,” Diaz said.
Stefan Feldmann, head of HDI Global Asia Pacific, welcomed Diaz to the new role.
“In addition to her extensive experience, Karina has been with HDI since 2017 and has strong relationships with our brokers and clients and understands how to navigate risks with our expert teams,” Feldmann said. “Based in our Sydney office, Karina will oversee and steer our growth with a national focus for our broker partners and clients.”
Willem van Wyk, regional market manager, Australasia and ASEAN, added that HDI Global aims to bring the best to its clients and brokers.
“Karina established a major account practice for HDI earlier this year, in this short period, she has already supported many of our clients and broker initiatives that strengthened our service offering to ensure we meet expectations in the marketplace,” van Wyk said. “Karina is a great asset to HDI, and she will do well with supporting the business to achieve our goals in her newly expanded role.”
Last month, HDI Global appointed Stephen Jones as state manager for the southern region.