Zurich raises nextgen broker leaders

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Zurich raises nextgen broker leaders
One of Australia's largest commercial insurers has launched a new program in a bid to ensure that the industry's future leaders represent the best of Australia's business community.

Zurich's new program, the NextGen Leadership Academy, aimed at fostering the future leaders amongst the insurer's key broker partners by enhancing their industry knowledge, leadership skills, and strategic thinking. The participants will be provided with learning modules and presentations on topics including risk strategy, claims, building effective teams, communication, business decision-making, and diversity and inclusion.

The program highlight saw the participants flying to Switzerland last week for presentations and workshops facilitated by senior Zurich group executives. On their return, each participant will be paired to a senior Zurich executive, who will be their leadership mentor and coach for the next 12 months.

“The launch of the NextGen Leadership Academy is our contribution to the development of tomorrow’s insurance leaders,” said Steven Ord, chief distribution officer at Zurich Australia and New Zealand. “Academy inductees were selected based on both their demonstrated leadership capability and future potential. We’re excited that our global reach allows us to offer a unique experience and give participants exposure to the world of international insurance.”

The program participants are Ammon Wilkes of Edgewise Insurance Brokers; Angelo Stathopoulos, Guardian Insurance Brokers; Brad Kelly, Gow Gates; Callum Duff, Marsh; Keely Autry, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT); Maria Parry, Austcover; Mark Luckin, Lockton Companies Australia; and Stephen Rudman.

Zurich Australia's Scott Luxford, head of distribution, and Bernadus Edista, senior liability underwriter accompanied the academy inductees on their international experience.

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