Former Aon UK CEO sees opportunities in ‘age of disruption’

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Australian insurer IAG has appointed Peter Harmer (pictured) as managing director and chief executive effective 16 November.

He will replace Mike Wilkins who will retire, but remain in an executive capacity until the end of next March to ensure a smooth transition.

Wilkins has led IAG for more than seven years. He joined as chief operating officer in 2007 before being appointed managing director and chief executive in 2008.

Harmer joined IAG in 2010 as chief executive of CGU. He has held a number of executive roles across IAG and was appointed chief executive of IAG Labs in July this year with responsibility for driving digital initiatives and innovation as well as creating incubator areas to explore new opportunities across IAG and its brands.

“Peter led a tremendous turnaround in the culture and performance of CGU during his time as its CEO. More recently, as CEO of IAG Labs, Peter has laid the foundations for IAG’s digital future,” said IAG chairman, Brian Schwartz.

Harmer said he looked forward to leading IAG during a dynamic and exciting time.

“We live in an age of disruption where the needs and expectations of our customers are changing rapidly as they embrace innovation and quickly adopt new technologies,” he said. “There are so many exciting opportunities with these changes.”

Prior to joining IAG, Harmer was chief executive of Aon Limited UK.

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