AA Insurance CEO to retire after 30 years at helm

The company grew from startup venture to most trusted insurer under his watch

AA Insurance CEO to retire after 30 years at helm

Insurance News

By Mary Or

After almost three decades at the helm of AA Insurance, Chris Curtin (pictured above) is set to retire at the end of the year. He has served as the company’s chief executive for 28 years.

Under Curtin’s leadership, AA Insurance has grown from a startup venture to one of the largest and best-loved insurers in the country, employing more than 1,000 people and providing over a million policies to New Zealanders.

“Chris has built this company from the ground up and his imprint on this business speaks for itself,” said AA Insurance chair Doug McTaggart. “Under his leadership, AA Insurance has consistently achieved outstanding results and exceeded expectations and now dominates a vast array of independent industry awards and honours….”

Foremost among these honours is having been voted Reader’s Digest Most Trusted general insurer for 12 consecutive years. AA Insurance has also consistently made the top 10 in the Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index and regularly ranks among the country’s best places to work.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I wish to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication over the years, and to acknowledge his unique ability to inspire others to go above and beyond,” said McTaggart. “We have been extraordinarily lucky to have Chris lead our business for so long. We will miss him and wish him and his family all the very best for his retirement.”

Curtin said that it was always going to be a difficult decision to leave the company, but that he felt the time was right to entrust the company to the next generations of leaders.

“It’s been an honour to lead our talented leadership team and work alongside so many others who share my passion for creating outstanding customer experiences and building a team culture that genuinely empowers our people to thrive,” he said. “After 28 years, I will undoubtedly miss the people and the company we built together, but I’m equally as excited to see our remarkable team drive our brand and business forward.”

AA Insurance’s board of directors has commenced a search for a replacement CEO.

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