Insurtech Australia has tapped a senior executive from one of its founding partners as its new chief executive.
Rita Yates replaces Simon O’Dell, who will become chair, as the organisation gears for growth in 2019.
Yates joined Insurtech Australia as a member of the leadership team and advisory committee in April 2017.
She was most recently Stone & Chalk head of corporate partnerships and insurtech lead, and prior to that worked at the Layne Beachley Foundation and Bauer Media.
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Yates commented: “I’m thrilled to be taking the helm at Insurtech Australia at such an important juncture.”
“A true grassroots organisation, our goal has always been to enable startups and innovation to flourish within the Australian insurance sector, and foster relationships between emerging tech and incumbent businesses,” she said.
Insurtech Australia’s membership doubled to 46 in the last year. New corporate partners include Willis Towers Watson and reinsurance firm SCOR.
O’Dell said Yates has been involved with Insurtech Australia from day one and has unparalleled expertise in the role of promoting growth and innovation for both fintechs and corporations.
“We are extremely excited to have Rita step up to lead Insurtech Australia into 2020 and beyond.”
Insurtech Australia is a division of Fintech Australia. Stone & Chalk is one of Insurtech’s founding partners.