Hamish McDonald Nye has achieved a remarkably quick ascent from a role as senior account executive at Aon Risk Services to southern region manager at DUAL Australia in just 18 months. Starting at DUAL as a senior underwriter for corporate financial lines, McDonald Nye joined DUAL at the start of a tumultuous period, which included a restructure of the portfolio, a large fraud, and the resignation of the MD and the southern region manager. Despite the challenges, he wrote more new business than any other underwriter at DUAL, and was rewarded for this success, relationships, leadership skills and ability with consecutive promotions to financial lines manager, then to southern region manager. Having been nominated for the Warren Tickle award during his former broking career, some of his achievements then – such as the broking of several large and complex placements, including the negotiation of the D&O program for Fosters – are his career highlights to date. He now oversees the running of the Melbourne office and plans to continue to grow a sustainable and profitable business.