Chief executive, Australian Business

Ben Bessell has led CGU for almost a year now, and it’s been a time when the market leader has received no shortage of industry recognition. The award hat trick CGU pulled off  last year was especially impressive, given it occurred during the integration of the acquired Lumley business into CGU. Bessell told Insurance Business in November he and his team will work hard to continue meeting brokers’ high expectations of CGU. But those accolades aren’t Bessell and CGU’s only significant successes in recent times. They’ve achieved something we don’t see occur too often. They’ve succeeded in painting insurance in a positive light in the minds of the general public. The announcement in December that CGU would provide financing to allow the 23-year-old Tropfest Film Festival to continue represented a remarkable contribution by an insurer to the Australian community. Allowing Tropfest to see its 2016 festival through ensures the world’s largest short film festival – an event that attracts substantial international attention – will remain on Sydney’s event calendar, allowing the ongoing participation of both filmmakers and tourists. 

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