Zurich Financial Services Australia has made an appointment for the newly created executive role of head of Bancassurance & Direct within its Life and Investments business.
Kieran Forde has been hired for the position ahead of the company’s acquisition of the OnePath Life insurance business, along with the full Zurich executive leadership structure coming into effect on 1 April.
In his role as head of Bancassurance & Direct, Mr Forde is responsible for Zurich’s strategic partnership with ANZ and direct distribution channel, including the Zurich website and third-party partnerships.
“We are delighted to welcome Kieran to the Life & Investments executive team,” Tim Bailey, CEO, Life & Investments, Zurich.
“He brings strong leadership and relationship management skills, as well as deep financial services knowledge and expertise, and will be an important addition to Zurich as we look to optimise our partnership with ANZ, and our broader direct strategy, as part of a multichannel presence.”
Mr Forde has more than 30 years financial services experience, having held roles across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Most recently he was head of Wealth Solutions & Partnerships at ANZ, where he had responsibility for managing the partnerships with Zurich and IOOF.
Prior to this he was general manager of ANZ’s private banking business in New Zealand, and head of bank distribution for the company’s wealth business in New Zealand. He then moved to Australia in 2014 to lead ANZ’s financial planning business.
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