MOVERS & SHAKERS | Insurance Business

Aussie insurance giant promotes CRO to group level
The chief risk officer for QBE’s Australian and New Zealand operations has been appointed group CRO, replacing George Thwaites, effective today (March 24).

Jason Brown, a chartered accountant, has worked at QBE in senior roles for 12 years after previously working for Ernst & Young.
In a statement the insurer said Thwaites is ‘considering other roles within the QBE group’ after a brief sabbatical.

Group chief executive officer John Neal said it was pleasing to be able to promote people within the organisation to executive roles.

“Jason has proven his value to QBE time and again in our Australian and New Zealand division and we are looking forward to him bringing his skills and expertise to a broader group role,” Neal said.

“George Thwaites leaves QBE’s risk function in great shape and has been a valued member of our group executive.”
Thwaites joined QBE in 1999 and was appointed group CRO in 2005.
Insurer’s chief general manager to retire
Allianz’s chief general manager of sales and distribution Jonathan  Poole will retire 31 December after 14 years with the insurer.

Poole was originally hired to develop the organisation’s e-business capabilities but his role quickly expanded to assume responsibility for the financial institutions division and ultimately sales and distribution activities for the company.

Commenting on Poole’s intention to retire, managing director, Niran Peiris, said: “Jonathan has made a significant contribution to the success of the Allianz business.”

“Jonathan’s professionalism, drive and deep understanding of the complexities of the insurance business is widely recognised and respected across the insurance industry.”

“I want to thank Jonathan for the strong business outcomes he has consistently delivered over the years, particularly for the sales and distribution capability and culture he has crafted with the support of his team,” Peiris added.