Sedgwick names CEO for New Zealand business

Predecessor to step down in a couple of months

Sedgwick names CEO for New Zealand business

Insurance News

By Krizzel Canlas

Insurance claims service provider, Sedgwick has announced Philip van Zyl as the new chief executive officer for its New Zealand operations.

Van Zyl will take the role from Darryl Cowan, who is retiring from his position at the end of 2019 but will remain with the organisation as chairman. The appointment will take effect on January 01, 2020. In the interim, van Zyl will assume the role of deputy CEO, affording a six-month period of transition.

Van Zyl has been with Sedgwick for 17 years serving in various senior positions in New Zealand, most recently as northern regional manager. He has intimate knowledge of Sedgwick’s clients and business processes and has extensive expertise in catastrophe response, commercial lines and general loss adjusting.

“Our clients can be assured that Philip and Darryl will keep Sedgwick at the forefront of loss adjusting and claims management in New Zealand,” Sedgwick international operations CEO Ian Muress said. “We are very fortunate to have an unmatched talent pool, providing seamless succession.”

Sedgwick’s New Zealand operations are part of the largest claims management organisation in the world, with 21,000 professionals across 65 countries. It provides business solutions to insurance companies, brokers, policyholders and consumers with local knowledge and global expertise and resources.

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