Elizabeth Bryan, chairman of of Insurance Australia Group(IAG),a multinational insurance company headquartered in Sydney, today announced the appointment of Nick Hawkins as managing director and CEO of the comoany,with effective 2 November 2020. The appointment follows a comprehensive internal and external search.

Hawkins succeeds Peter Harmer whose retirement was announced in April this year. Harmer will leave the company on 1 November 2020 after five years as IAG CEO.

Bryan said Hawkins’ appointment reflects the strength of IAG’s leadership team and will ensure continuity and stability for the company. 

“Nick has a deep understanding of both global and domestic general insurance along with operational and financial experience, and this will ensure a smooth transition for IAG.”

Hawkins, who joined IAG in 2001, was appointed Deputy CEO in April this year after 12 years as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this he spent two years as CEO of IAG’s New Zealand business.

Hawkins said it is an honour and a privilege to be appointed Managing Director and CEO of IAG.

“I am excited to lead IAG during its next phase of growth and ensure the company emerges from the economic downturn as a strong, resilient organisation.

“Insurance plays a fundamental role in our society and I’m proud to work for and lead a company that is truly purpose-led and customer-focused.

“Our purpose – to make your world a safer place – has never been more important than now as we continue to help our customers and communities recover from the devastating natural disasters of late 2019 and 2020, and the ongoing challenges resulting from climate change and the pandemic.

“I look forward to working with our people and our partners to continue to grow IAG and build on our work to meet the evolving needs of our customers and their communities,” Hawkins said.

“Under Peter’s leadership, IAG has sharpened its focus on delivering better outcomes for customers and their communities while performing well financially.It is very pleasing that our new CEO shares Peter’s passion for IAG to be a truly purpose-led business,”  Bryan said.