Michael Miller

Commercial revamp: Suncorp lists key appointments

Suncorp’s new Commercial & Personal Injury function is underway, led by CEO Michael Miller, pictured, who was previously EGM Commercial Insurance.

Mr Miller will oversee the commercial strategy for the Australian market and he has end-to-end accountability for commercial, workers’ compensation (underwritten and managed funds) and compulsory third party (CTP) customers across product, portfolio, pricing, underwriting, claims and distribution.

He has provided an update to brokers outlining the insurer’s goals and introduced his team with specific reference to key appointments for the commercial business that will report to him.

Here are the key appointments:

David Hoffmann, EGM Commercial (previously Vero Head of Underwriting)

Allicia Tsolis, EGM Workers’ Compensation & icare (previously EGM of Personal Injury Claims Underwritten)

Matt Pearson, EGM CTP (previously EGM Statutory Classes)
Anthony Pagano, Head of Distribution (previously Vero Head of Distribution)

John Phillips, Head of Platform Business (previously Head of Commercial Portfolio & Strategy)

Kira Pellicano, Head of Commercial Claims (previously National Manager Commercial Property Claims)

Leo Kearney, Head of Portfolio (previously Head of Risk and Operational Excellence)

Kim Leeder; Head of Transformation (previously Executive Manager – Strategy and Business Transformation Commercial Insurance)

Luke Whenman, previously Head of Commercial Property and Casualty Claims, will be moving to EGM Motor Claims which includes commercial motor.

“The line-up confirms the extensive insurance experience, a deep knowledge of our broker partners and the right qualities to continue the momentum we have driven over the past 18 months with our brokers,” Mr Miller says.

“The new Commercial business not only brings together end-to-end accountabilities, but also reinforces that in addition to the executive leadership team, the need to maintain our state teams and local leadership, which will strengthen our focus, continuing to invest in their relationships and capabilities in market, supporting you where it matters.”

Mid-market opportunity: Axa XL names new leader

Axa XL says the mid-market segment provides a clear growth opportunity for the insurer and it’s appointed a new regional head to drive the expansion.

Laetitia Lebas, who has been with Axa XL for more than a decade, has been named Head of Mid-Market APAC and Europe.

“Our leadership in the large commercial property, casualty and specialty insurance markets is well established,” Southern Europe Regional Manager and Executive Sponsor for the APAC and Europe Mid-Market initiative Julien Guenot said.

“Building on our knowledge of working with large corporates to bring our expertise to larger mid-market clients, in collaboration with other Axa entities, is a clear opportunity.”

Ms Lebas joined Axa France in 2012 as Global Account Manager for Axa Santé Collective. She has since held a variety of roles and joined the executive committee of Axa Partners France in 2017 and was appointed as Sales Director for Credit Lifestyle Protection and Motor and Banking Assistance.

Previously she has held roles with BNP Paribas Assurance and AIG, her Linkedin page shows.

“Laetitia is a seasoned insurance professional with a proven track record within Axa,” Mr Guenot said. “She has the right expertise and experience to successfully collaborate with teams across the company to build out our capabilities and mid-market offering.”