Wayne Besant is departing his role as CEO of life insurer AIA New Zealand to lead AIA Vietnam, commencing June 2015. In the same month, AIA New Zealand will welcome Natalie Cameron as new CEO. Both appointments remain subject to regulatory approval.
Ms Cameron joins the business after 10 years with AIA Australia, where her leadership, commercial and operational skills are highly regarded. Most recently, she served as the company’s Chief Group Insurance Officer, and played a key role in consolidating its position as the number one group insurer in the Australian market.
Besant described Ms Cameron's appointment as an exciting opportunity for the business and another milestone for an already exceptionally diverse team. "From an AIA New Zealand perspective, Natalie's insurance experience and wealth of skills are a huge asset. She has a real passion for the industry and a strong track record in serving the adviser community well. Most importantly, she can't wait to be here with her family and to help provide every Kiwi family with greater access to insurance."
Under Besant’s leadership, AIA New Zealand has continued to grow each year in strength and the business has an excellent and positive relationship with the adviser community. AIA also continues to promote diversity across the life insurance sector - including leading the industry in providing greater access to insurance for under-served migrants and the fast-growing Asian population.
It is this fostering of a professionally collaborative and culturally inclusive team that has seen Besant promoted to lead one of the AIA Group's fastest-growing countries. He will take to his new role more than 25 years of experience with two of Asia Pacific’s largest financial services brands - prior to joining AIA New Zealand as CEO in 2010, he held the role of Managing Director of Retail Banking (NZ) at the ANZ Bank.