CEO Suncorp New Zealand (acting)
BBus, BA, CA
Jimmy Higgins was appointed acting Chief Executive Officer Suncorp New Zealand in July 2020. In addition to this interim position, Jimmy is Chief Financial Officer New Zealand responsible the strategy and operational delivery for Suncorp New Zealand which includes the Vero, Asteron Life and AA Life brands. Jimmy is also a Director of Vero Liability, AA Insurance and the Insurance Council of New Zealand.
Jimmy brings strong commercial, financial and operational experience to the CFO role, as well as a proven understanding of the Suncorp New Zealand insurance business and New Zealand market. During this tenure with Suncorp, Jimmy has been instrumental in leading Suncorp’s flood recovery in 2010 (including cyclone Yasi), following which he moved to New Zealand to set up and manage the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery programme.
Over the last seven years in New Zealand, Jimmy has worked with customers, reinsurers, government, suppliers, corporate partners, brokers and Boards in managing claims and customer outcomes for our General and Life insurance businesses. Prior to joining the Suncorp in 2008, Jimmy was a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years with KPMG and later McGrath Nicol, where he worked across Audit, Assurance and Forensic Accounting.