Fidelity Life has announced Sian Johnson will join its team as Head of Underwriting and New Business, effective from 21 January 2019.
She will replace Stephen Potter who was recently announced as incoming Chief Underwriter at AIA/Sovereign.
Johnson will move over from Partners Life, where she was GM Claims and Underwriting and most recently Chief Underwriter.
Fidelity Life Chief Operations Officer, Neale Watling, says Johnson will add enormous value to both Fidelity Life and to advisers’ businesses.
“Sian brings both leadership and innovation capabilities to our already strong underwriting and new business teams,” said Watling.
“With our strategic focus on operational excellence, Sian’s almost 20 years in the insurance industry and deep operations experience and knowledge makes her an ideal fit for this critical role.”
The insurer confirmed that Johnson’s focus will be on growing the team and delivering more adviser tools and underwriting automation.
Her appointment is the latest in a number of recent appointments to Fidelity Life’s Distribution team as the company looks to improve its proposition to advisers and to customers (see: New Appointments at Fidelity Life…).
“We’re really excited to have someone of Sian’s calibre joining us as we embark on our second consecutive year as New Zealand’s Life Insurance Company of the Year,” said Watling.