This choice for head of gross sales and distribution is a part of the Zurich drive for development in its retail enterprise.
Smith began at Zurich greater than 17 years in the past, first as a gross sales and repair guide within the insurer’s Whitely workplace. Afterwards, she took on a number of senior roles with the enterprise, together with head of dealer proposition and initiatives, in addition to head of strategic accounts lately.
Her appointment will enable her to proceed to spice up Zurich’s relationships with strategic companions and ship on the agency’s ambitions of securing alternatives out there.
David Nichols, head of retail, stated: “I’m extremely proud to welcome Jacqui to her place on a everlasting foundation. Her position in main our unbelievable Gross sales and Distribution crew additional validates our dedication to nurturing the perfect home-grown expertise out there.
“Jacqui’s broad vary of expertise and protracted drive to ship for our companions, most lately showcased within the nice success of our Membership Blue proposition, make her the proper match for the job. Having walked the stroll for a few years, she has already performed an integral half in constructing the crew infrastructure, and I’m trying ahead to persevering with working collectively as we ship on our thrilling plans.”
Jacqui Kelly, head of gross sales and distribution, added: “I’m thrilled to steer our thriving crew and couldn’t be extra excited as we proceed to develop and broaden our distribution channels, create new partnerships, and deepen our present relationships out there.”
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Bates was earlier primarily based in Australia, the place she held the position of chief working officer for Australia and New Zealand at Zurich Monetary Companies.