Insurance Council of Australia appoints ex-CBA exec as CEO

May 19 2020 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has announced Andrew Hall will become chief executive and executive director from September.

Hall (pictured) will be replacing long serving ICA chief executive Rob Whelan.

Hall has a broad public policy and corporate affairs background. His current position is executive general manager of corporate affairs for Commonwealth Bank (CBA), where he has worked since 2013. He has been responsible for managing CBA’s corporate image, public affairs and sustainability initiatives.

Prior to Commonwealth Bank, Hall was director of corporate and public affairs at Woolworths Group from 2007 to 2013. Woolworths is Australia’s second largest company by revenue. His public policy experience includes serving as federal director for the National Party of Australia from 2002 to 2007; and media adviser to MP Warren Truss, from 1996 to 2002.

ICA president and chairman Gary Dransfield noted that an “extensive national recruitment process” was conducted before Hall was appointed.

Dransfield highlighted that Hall’s corporate affairs and public policy experience will be critical in “driving the ICA and the general insurance industry through the challenges of Australia’s pandemic recovery and a raft of regulatory, consumer and economic issues.”

“His corporate knowledge, his understanding of customers, the regulatory and political environments and the financial services sector, will help him chart the ICA’s advocacy programme to elevate the value of insurance both to our economy and our society,” he added.

Outgoing chief executive Whelan – who has spent a decade in this role for the ICA – will serve in the position “until further notice”.