QBE Insurance Group has appointed Christopher Bannocks to the new position of Group Chief Data Officer (GCDO).
As GCDO, Bannocks will lead QBE’s enterprise data capabilities, with responsibility for defining and implementing the company’s data strategy and agenda.
This new role will also allow him to work closely with central and regional data teams to support data architecture, data governance and analytics, build on foundational data management capabilities, and drive innovation in data usage across the organisation to support QBE’s enterprise goals.
Bannocks, will be based in QBE’s London office, and will report to Matt Mansour – Group Executive, Operations and Technology.
With over 20 years of experience working in various data roles within the financial services sector, including ING Bank, Barclays Bank and Nomura, Bannocks is a highly experienced technology services and data professional with expertise in managing data, analytics, operations, technology, sales, and strategy across globally diverse and matrixed organisations.
In his most recent role, he served as Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Danone, where he established the chief data office and the data and analytics organisation, and then led the creation of a data transformation programme.
Prior to that, he was ING Bank’s first Chief Data Officer where he was responsible for building offensive and defensive IT strategies and new capabilities, including implementing an agile way of working.
Addressing his new role, Bannocks said: “There has never been a more important time for organisations to have a robust approach to enabling the business with data capabilities and forming a strong and aligned data strategy. I am looking forward to working with the teams to help QBE, a leading global insurer, build on its data capabilities and shape the approach to better support and service our customers, people, and shareholders.”
Matt Mansour, Group Executive, Operations and Technology, said: “Chris’ significant experience working with companies to develop data strategies and improve data capabilities has given him a solid understanding of the importance of creating business-focused solutions that deliver value quickly whilst demonstrating direction towards a strategic end-state. This experience is critical to allow us to gain the most insight for our customers in managing their risks.”