Zurich names country chief executive for Australia and New Zealand

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Zurich names country chief executive for Australia and New Zealand

Justin Delaney, who joined Zurich Australia in December 2019 as life and investments (L&I) chief executive, is taking on a wider remit.

The Macquarie Group and TAL alumnus has been appointed as country CEO for Zurich’s L&I and general insurance (GI) businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

It was announced that current Australia and New Zealand GI chief Tim Plant – who earlier this year became president of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance – is leaving Zurich to pursue an opportunity outside the insurance group.

Asia-Pacific regional CEO Tulsi Naidu, who said the appointment ensures seamless operations, commented: “In Justin, we are fortunate to have a strong leader who has extensive experience in the local insurance industry and a solid track record in delivering customer-centred innovation.”

In his new role, Delaney will be assisted by Sean Walker in managing the GI business. Walker is general insurance chief underwriting officer for Australia and New Zealand.

“Sean has been with the Zurich business for more than 10 years; he has held a variety of market-facing, underwriting, and leadership roles over the course of his career and is well placed to support Justin,” noted Naidu.

“I am pleased that we have strong leaders in place on-the-ground to ensure a smooth succession for the business and team, and would also like to take this opportunity to wish Tim all the very best for the future.”