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Allianz appoints former CBA wealth exec

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Allianz has appointed Shez Ford from the Commonwealth Bank as chief general manager.

In this role, Ms Ford will lead Allianz’s consumer division which focuses on the distribution of consumer products through its direct and intermediate channels.

Ms Ford was previously the executive general manager of CBA’s wealth and private division, as well as the executive general manager of advice and insurance.

Prior to CBA, Ms Ford spent several years at ANZ Wealth, including a period of time as head of insurance operations. Ms Ford also previously held various leadership positions with ING Australia, thereby accumulating a wealth of experience in insurance and financial services more broadly over the course of her career to date.

Commenting on Ms Ford’s appointment, Allianz Australia managing director, Richard Feledy, said: “We are delighted to welcome Shez to Allianz and our Australian senior leadership team. As well as her deep insurance industry experience, Shez understands how to continually deliver great customer outcomes, driven by data-led insights and digital innovation. This expertise is highly relevant as we continue to grow and evolve our business. I look forward to working closely with Shez to deliver our strategic ambitions.”

In response, Ms Ford said: “As a purpose-driven organisation, Allianz’s commitment to securing the best outcomes for its customers and employees is clear. This aligns very closely with my own values, and I’m very excited about this opportunity to lead the consumer team and contribute positively to Allianz and the insurance industry overall.”

Ms Ford replaces current chief general manager, consumer, Mick Winter, who is leaving Allianz Australia after 20 years to pursue personal interests.

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja's career in journalism spans well over a decade across finance, business and politics. Now an experienced editor and reporter across all elements of the financial services sector, prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja reported for several established news outlets in Southeast Europe, scrutinising key processes in post-conflict societies.