Australian insurer Suncorp has announced the appointment of Jimmy Higgins as Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp New Zealand.
Higgins has been with Suncorp since 2008, holding a range of senior and executive roles across the Australian and New Zealand insurance businesses.
Prior to Suncorp, he was a chartered accountant specialising in audit and forensic accounting.
“Jimmy has been a valuable member of Suncorp’s leadership team for many years and has made a strong contribution to the operational and financial strength of our New Zealand business,” said Suncorp CEO Steve Johnston.
“He has held a number of roles in our insurance businesses in Australia and New Zealand and has been instrumental in leading the Group’s response to some of the worst natural hazard events in our history, including the Christchurch earthquakes and 2011 Queensland floods.
“I’m delighted to have Jimmy permanently join Suncorp’s executive leadership team. I’m confident his extensive insurance experience, leadership capabilities and established relationships with the external market position him well to build on the strong momentum in our New Zealand business.”
Commenting on his appointment, Higgins said, “We are a strong and respected brand in New Zealand and our business has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
“I’m excited to be leading the team into its next phase of growth as we continue to deliver more for our customers and broker partners.”