Sarah Lyons, Chief Executive, Australia, Gallagher
Chief executive, Australia
It was announced last May that Andrew Godden would leave his role as chief executive of Gallagher’s local operations (then Arthur J. Gallagher) to become BMS Group’s CEO of Australia. Not long after the announcement, in July, Sarah Lyons was appointed to the top job at Gallagher.
Lyons’ career in insurance has encompassed more than two decades, beginning in the UK, and she has accumulated experience in a variety of roles. She joined Gallagher in 2014 as COO when OAMPS Insurance Brokers (where she was head of commercial broking) was acquired by the international firm. Immediately before assuming her current role, Lyons was Gallagher’s managing director of commercial broking.
In a statement announcing her appointment, Lyons said, “We [Gallagher] are at a positive point in our journey and our ambition remains to become Australia’s largest and most admired broker.” Lyons is the only female CEO of a major international broker in Australia and is responsible for a national team of 900 staff and a business placing almost $1bn in GWP.