Zurich expands risk sales team


By Leanne Abbas

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Zurich has expanded its life risk sales team with nine new members across the country in a move to support growth in key urban and regional centres.

Nathan Taggart, previously the group’s strategic account manager, has been promoted to head of strategic development and will become part of the distribution leadership team, reporting to Zurich life and investments head of distribution Kristine Brooks.

Eight state-based business development managers (BDM) have also joined the business, including former TAL sales development specialist Annqua Murray and WealthPartners protection specialist James O’Dwyer in New South Wales, and former AMP personal wealth protection specialist Tanya Woolnough in Queensland.

New BDMs for Victoria are Emily Cossigniani, joining from AIA Australia, and Andrew Roberts, a former national insurance manager for NAB Financial Planning, with Zurich’s Sarah Nichols also being promoted into the position from her previous role as a business development associate.

Meanwhile, the West Australian team has welcomed ex-Westpac mortgage broking BDM Richard Burton and former Guardian Financial Planning state manager Steve Coyle as new BDMs.

Additionally, ex-OnePath project manager Liz Versace has joined the insurer’s NSW office as a business support officer, while former Lifebroker head of sales and operations Tim Atley has been appointed strategic accounts manager and ex-Salt Financial Group paraplanner Heena Mulchandani has joined as a business development associate.

Brooks noted the appointments aimed to support Zurich’s new distribution relationships as a result of its recent acquisition of Macquarie Life.

“This investment in the size of our team allows us to fully support our growing network of IFA (independent financial adviser) and bank-aligned partners,” she said.

“I’m very excited to welcome these talented people to our award-winning BDM team.

“It’s a reflection of the market opportunity we see across the country and means we have more firepower to support our advisers and licensee partners to grow their practices and focus on delivering fantastic financial advice to help protect and grow the wealth of Australians.”

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