Zurich settles distribution team

Zurich Financial Services Australia has settled its Life and Investments distribution leadership team following Zurich’s acquisition of OnePath Life from ANZ in June 2019.

The team would now be made up of Nathan Taggart, head of sales; Phil Gould, head of distribution analytics and governance; Mel Ware as head of marketing and brand; and Tim Atley, head of strategic account management.

Ware and Atley were the two new additions, and Atley would be responsible for managing key dealer group partnerships for life insurance portfolios for both brands.

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They would report to Kristine Brooks, chief distribution office, and the team would be responsible for the delivery of Zurich’s multi-proposition strategy to the Australian market, covering both Zurich and OnePath brands.

“Zurich’s continued strategy of organic and acquisition-based growth has led us to become Australia’s largest life insurer,” Brooks said.

“It’s a position we intend to continually earn over the long-term, through the strength of our partnerships and our advocacy for industry best-practice, as well as through the quality of the Zurich and OnePath brands and product sets.”

Reporting to Taggart, Zurich had also appointed its national sales team state managers: Rob McNeill, NSW/ACT; Reece Foster, Queensland; Vilma Attanasio SA/WA; and the recent addition of Matthew Backman for Vic/Tas who joined from MLC.

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