Press Release

QBE appoints Head of SME


QBE Insurance today announced the appointment of Aaron Gavin to the role of Head of SME (small and medium enterprises) for its Australian and New Zealand Operations.

Mr Gavin will take up the newly-created role, reporting to Jason Clarke, Executive General Manager Intermediary Distribution, on 5 March 2018.

He joins from Allianz where most recently he was the National Underwriting Manager for SME & Personal Lines, Broker and Agency Commercial.

Mr Clarke said the role was created to provide the necessary focus and expertise to develop and drive the vision in this sector, in alignment with the broader business strategy.

“The SME market already represents a significant share of our existing portfolio, but is also one of our areas of focus for growth. As such, we needed a dedicated resource to build on the momentum we’ve already made in this space,” Mr Clarke said.

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Aaron to QBE in this new role. He brings with him a wealth of experience from more than 20 years in the insurance industry and is an experienced leader with a deep understanding of the SME market.

“He has extensive portfolio management experience with a strong track record of delivering profitable growth in various product lines as well as claims management experience within Personal Lines. Aaron also has a global perspective, having spent two-and-a-half years working in Europe, driving the implementation of best practices in pricing and underwriting.”

Mr Clarke said QBE’s focus on the SME market would involve better understanding and developing relationships with end customers, in conjunction with its strong broker partnerships.

“As we look to become a more truly customer-centric business, we need to get closer to our end customers, but we’ll continue to work collaboratively with our valued broker partners to ensure we deliver the best possible end-to-end experience,” he said.

For further information please contact:
Kate Sinclair
External Communications Manager - QBE Corporate Communications
Phone: +61 435 688 785
Email: kate.sinclair@qbe.com