Zurich Financial Services has boosted the size of its life risk sales team with a key promotion and eleven appointments across the country.
Nathan Taggart has been promoted to the role of head of strategic development and joins the distribution leadership team, reporting to Zurich Life and Investments' head of distribution Kristine Brooks.
New appointments include eight business development managers and one strategic accounts manager, based across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia:
- In NSW: Annqua Murray and James O'Dwyer join as business development managers, and Liz Versace joins as a business support officer.
- In Queensland: Tanya Woolnough joins as business development manager.
- In Victoria: Emily Cossignani and Andrew Roberts join as business development managers, while Sarah Nichols has been promoted to the same role. Tim Atley joins as strategic accounts manager and Heena Mulchandani joins as a business development associate, both reporting to the strategic development team.
- In Western Australia: Richard Burton and Steve Coyle join as business development managers.
Brooks said the appointments follow Zurich's recent acquisition of Macquarie Life and the securing of several important new distribution relationships.
"This investment in the size of our team allows us to fully support our growing network of IFA and bank-aligned partners. It comes at a point in time when it's critical that we as an industry educate as many Australians as possible about the important role of life insurance, and do all we can to ensure as many Australians as possible are properly protected," Brooks said.
The appointments come prior to Zurich revamping and refreshing its product proposition in 2017, and more fully integrating the products acquired through the Macquarie Life acquisition in October 2016.