Broker looks to Kiwi team to fill new roles
A new restructure in Arthur J Gallagher’s Australian broking business has triggered a number of vacant roles now open to all their staff across New Zealand and Australia.
The reshuffle announced late yesterday has also prompted several support roles to be lost.
The three key executive appointments involve firstly Mark Oatway who has been appointed as head of corporate broking, encompassing the OAMPS and AJG Australia corporate teams.
Oatway was previously responsible for the AJG Australia corporate team, and will continue to be based in Sydney.
Secondly, the current head of corporate broking, OAMPS, Ross Castle, will assume the role of head of insurer relationships and markets and will continue to be located in Melbourne.
The third appointment involves Sarah Lyons’ role which has been expanded to chief operating officer. In addition to her current leadership of commercial broking, Lyons will assume responsibility for the Australian branch network and associated operations, and will continue to be based in Melbourne.
All roles will report to Andrew Godden, chief executive of Australian broking, who was appointed to his position only last month.
The integration of the OAMPS and Arthur J Gallagher Australia businesses has prompted teams across claims, finance, operations and other functions to be amalgamated under a single leader, and therefore triggering an undisclosed number of support roles to be ‘no longer required’.
A company spokesperson told Insurance Business that the staff members affected are currently in a consultation process over redeployment.
Managing director of Australia and New Zealand at AJG, Steve Lockwood, said: “We have paid close attention to taking the best talent from our combined businesses and carefully considered how we can best leverage strong leaders and integrate our teams across Australia.
“I am confident that the structure we now have in place absolutely aligns our business functions with the needs of a single branch network and corporate capability. This sets us on the path to deliver a compelling client proposition to the market, as well as providing an attractive proposition to vendors looking to sell their business.”
And while there was no more detail about the nature of the new roles that have become available, all the new positions were due to come into effect by 1 October.
The spokesperson said: “The key point is that with our integration comes new roles and new opportunities for the people in our region.”