MLC Life Insurance has added three new members to its life insurance team: Emily Wu, Suzie Brown and Craig Harrison, as the company expands its partnerships with superannuation funds.
Wu was appointed as general manager – fund partnerships and would be focused on acquisitions of new fund partners and managing existing relationships.
She had previously held product and legal roles at AIA Australia and CommInsure, as well experience working with large industry funds, master trusts and government funds.
Brown was appointed general manager – MLC Wealth and corporate partnerships and her role would be to manage the partnership with MLC Wealth and build out their corporate distribution capabilities.
She was previously the general manager of distribution at Integrity Life and had management experience with large industry super funds, master trusts, platforms and corporates.
Harrison was appointed general manager – product, pricing and proposition (group), and would lead the firm’s group product and pricing functions.
He also previously worked for CommInsure’s group insurance business, managing relationships with major industry fund and master trust clients.
MLC said the new appointments supported the company’s ambition to partner with superannuation funds, underpinned by better digital capabilities and a deep knowledge of the issues affecting life insurance inside superannuation.
Sean Williamson, MLC Life Insurance chief group insurance officer, said insurance inside superannuation was experiencing a significant change because of COVID-19.
“We need to ensure we're providing the right support and expertise to superfunds as they navigate their way through this period,” Williamson said.
“Our goal is to play a larger role in the group insurance market and genuinely challenge the more established group insurers.
"To do this we need to build our expertise and partnership credentials, and we're thrilled to appoint Suzie, Craig and Emily to our team.
“They have partnered with some of largest industry and retail superannuation funds and know what it means to see issues through the lens of our funds, trustees and members.”
The company’s LifeView digital platform would continue to be rolled out to fund partners and their members.
Accessible via any device, it enabled superannuation fund members to self-service such as applying for and increasing their cover online, and lodge and track the progress of claims.
It also allowed trustees and administrators to access real time data and analysis of their funds’ claims experience.