Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Kurinsky was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of QBE Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad in August 2017.
Prior to this appointment, Chris was the Head of Consumer Lines - Sales and Direct Marketing in Chubb Insurance China from September 2016, where he was responsible for leading all new consumer lines projects in China in various distribution channels. Chris was also responsible for all aspects of the project including underwriting, product development, distribution channels, marketing and overall P&L responsibility.
Chris, previously served General Manager Consumer Lines at Ace Jerneh Insurance Berhad in Kuala Lumpur since May 2014. He was responsible for Ace Jerneh’s Consumer Lines success through various distributions, including Direct marketing, Brokerage, Travel, Bancassurance and Agency. Chris has more than 20 years leadership experience in underwriting and distribution including working in various roles in mainland China, Thailand, Singapore , Hong Kong and as well as the United States of America and Latin America.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Finance. Chris is also a proficient speaker/writer of Spanish and has basic Mandarin speaking skills.
Chief Financial Officer
Ikram Kamarudin was appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of QBE Insurance ( Malaysia ) Berhad in August 2016.
Prior to this appointment , Ikram was the CFO and General Manager of Business Strategy for Hong Leong Islamic Bank from 2013 , where he was responsible for the Bank's fiscal operating results , including financial control , regulatory reporting and analysis , capital and balance sheet management and investor relation. He was responsible for driving , strengthening and protecting the financial of the Bank , through the provision of key financial information and analytics , partnering businesses , and meeting the requirements of external stakeholders , whilst ensuring overall financial control and discipline .In this former capacity , he played an instrumental role to oversee key strategic initiatives across the Bank and manages corporate strategy and planning as well as programme management office functions . He works alongside the CEO and senior management in setting the strategic direction of the Bank and supports the execution of key transformational and growth initiatives.
Prior to Hong Leong Bank , Ikram spent over a decade in Sydney with HSBC Bank and Marsh & McLennan Australia in various capacity including Treasury , Group Financial Control , Trust & Securitisation , Risk Management advisory , Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Strategic Planning.
Ikram holds a Bachelor's Degree of Commerce , Double Major in Finance and Accounting from The University of Sydney Business School.
He is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant with CPA Australia professional accounting body , and a Chartered Accountant with Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Amar Singh A/L Nihal Singh
Head of Commercial Distribution
Amar Singh joined QBE in February 2015 as Head of Major Trading Partners and was appointed as the Head of Commercial Distribution in January 2017.
Amar has 20 years of experience in Broking. His current portfolio includes International Brokers (Major Trading Partners), Local brokers (Broking Partners) and Reinsurance Inward. He is accountable for all distribution matters for QBE Malaysia of the commercial segment and plays a major role in helping the company grow the top line. The commercial Distribution is the largest business unit in QBE Malaysia.
Amar hold a Bachelor Degree in Management (Tech) from University Technology of Malaysia.
Head of Agency Distribution
Kevin Choong joined QBE in June 2018 and was appointed Head of Agency Distribution on 1st May , 2019. Kevin's responsibilities include the formulation and implementation of strategic marketing plans to promote agency development and business growth. In addition, Kevin is tasked with overseeing the business performance of QBE's branches nationwide.
Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Before joining QBE, he was Head of Consumer Lines at Chubb Insurance Malaysia and prior to that , was Chief Distribution Officer at Great Eastern General Insurance Malaysia. He has also held senior management positions at Zurich General Insurance Malaysia and Allianz General Insurance Malaysia.
Kevin has been actively involved in PIAM, having represented the association in the PIAM/LIAM/MTA Joint Technical Committee on Medical Health Insurance for a number of years. He was also Deputy Convenor of PIAM's Accident, Health & Others sub-committee prior to joining QBE.
Kevin holds a Bachelor's of Engineering degree as well as a Master's in Business Administration degree, both undertaken at The University of Sheffield , United Kingdom.
Zaid Aziz Ibrahim
Head of Underwriting
Zaid Aziz Ibrahim was appointed as the Head of Underwriting of QBE Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad in January 2019.
Zaid’s previous tenures were in risk management, insurance broking and reinsurance. He brings with him more than 20 years of industry experience and is focussed on enhancing the company’s underwriting expertise to achieve sustainable and profitable growth.
Head of Claims
Sunther Kuppan joined QBE in October 2014 as Claims Manager and was appointed as the Head of Claims in January 2017.
Sunther has more than two decades of experience in claims management and loss adjusting. Besides managing the claims portfolio he actively participates in the areas risk management and product development.
Sunther leads, directs and is accountable for all claims matters for QBE Malaysia and plays a major role in rolling out key regional and global claims transformation programs to enhance the claim service.
In addition to Bachelors Degrees in Economics and Law, Sunther is an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute (UK) which carries a title of ACII.
Nor Azima binti ABDUL
Head of People and Culture, Malaysia
Nor Azima joined QBE in February 2010 is responsible of the overall strategic People strategies of the company.
Azima has more than two decades of experiences in human resource management, 18 years of which are in the insurance sector. Her experience covers a wide range of human resources and leadership expertise; including HR transformation, HR Programs, development of high performance culture, business restructuring as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Azima holds a Bachelor of Management majoring in Finance and Accounting from University Science of Malaysia and a Certificate in Insurance from Malaysian Institute of Insurance.
Azima is actively engaged in the General Insurance Industry circles and contribute to the industry through her involvement in General Insurance Association Malaysia (PIAM) activities.
In addition to a Bachelor of Management from University Science of Malaysia, Azima also holds a Certificate in Insurance from Malaysian Institute of Insurance.