Zurich Financial Services Australia has announced the appointment of 14 new members to boost the firm’s risk distribution team, after receiving the greenlight this week to proceed with its acquisition of Macquarie Life’s risk business.
In a statement yesterday, Zurich said the new appointments were made across the business development, risk strategies and strategic accounts teams and include the recent appointment of Dave Evans to the role of national sales manager.
In New South Wales, Rhonda Morley and Mark Olivier join Zurich as business development managers. Jessica Brady joins the risk strategy specialist team, and Klytie Sheppard has been appointed to the risk strategic accounts team.
Lauren Styles joins as a business development manager in Victoria, Zurich said.
In Queensland, Michelle Dolan, Peter Christopherson, Russell Townsend and Ryan Adair have joined the business development team, while Danielle Visser has been appointed to the risk strategy specialist team, the statement said.
Simon Betchley joins as a business development manager in South Australia.
In Western Australia, Aaron Boddy has been appointed as regional manager, with David Rees joining the new risk strategy specialist team, Zurich said.
Life and investments head of distribution, Kristine Brooks said the new team would be instrumental in bringing Zurich’s expanded product and service proposition to market.
“The life insurance advice landscape is evolving rapidly, and advisers are looking for help in re-shaping their businesses to adapt to change and to turn it into opportunity," Ms Brooks said.
“Innovative product solutions, efficiency enhancing technology and comprehensive educational programs are just some of the resources we have developed to facilitate this ‘future-proofing’.
“Adding to our award winning Business Development presence in every mainland state significantly strengthens our ability to support licensees and advisers in growing their practice and improving their own customer proposition," she said.
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