QBE Keeps Lead In Liability – Appoints Craig Anderson
New Zealand and Australia are clearly following US trends that find organisations and individuals increasingly at risk to major liability awards and lawsuits.
“Proper risk management has always included liability cover, but in today’s ever more litigious world, insurance solutions have to be innovative and focused or there can be dangerous gaps in protection. I don’t believe New Zealand or Australia will ever be as litigious as the US, but our professionals, directors, officers and trustees are increasingly being held personally accountable for their actions. With growing frequency insurance and risk management procedures are being utilised to protect against such exposures,” said Craig Anderson, QBE New Zealand’s new national manager – Professional and Corporate Liability Division.
Anderson has spent the last two years as southern region manager of QBE Australia’s Professional Liability Division. He has specific experience and strengths in professional indemnity underwriting.
He comes to New Zealand with wealth of business education that complements successful business career spanning multiple industries. He holds Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Monash University; Graduate Diploma of Insurance from Deakin University; Graduate Diploma of Advanced Accounting from Monash University; and is nearing completion of his Master of Finance Degree.
Anderson is keen to build on QBE’s reputation as provider of innovative, specialist insurance solutions for businesses and professionals.
QBE offers full range of liability solutions for businesses, extending from personal liability for leaders within businesses and corporations to business liability. QBE has earned its reputation as an innovative insurer with flexible underwriting approach in both coverage and pricing.
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