Zurich appoints Head of Bancassurance & Direct 


Kieran Forde

Zurich Financial Services Australia (Zurich) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kieran Forde to the newly created executive role of Head of Bancassurance & Direct within its Life and Investments business.

Mr. Forde joined Zurich from ANZ, in November ahead of the acquisition of the OnePath life insurance business. His appointment has been made ahead of the full Zurich executive leadership structure which will come into full effect on 1 April 2019.

In his role as Head of Bancassurance & Direct, Mr. Forde has responsibility for Zurich’s strategic partnership with ANZ and direct distribution channel, including the Zurich website and third-party partnerships.

He brings more than 30 years financial services experience, having held roles across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, most recently as Head of Wealth Solutions & Partnerships at ANZ, where he had responsibility for managing the partnerships with Zurich & IOOF.

Prior to this he was General Manager of ANZ’s private banking business in New Zealand, and Head of Bank Distribution for ANZ’s wealth business in New Zealand, before moving to Australia in 2014 to lead ANZ’s financial planning business.

“We are delighted to welcome Kieran’s to the Life & Investments executive team,” said Zurich Life & Investments CEO, Tim Bailey.

“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 multi-channel presence.”

Mr. Forde holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and Management from Victoria University in Wellington, and an MBA from Otago University.


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