QBE Insurance Group has confirmed the appointment of Julie Wood as chief executive officer of the company’s North America division.

Wood joined QBE in January 2023 as group head of Distribution and was serving as interim North America CEO since Todd Jones left the role in August.

Andrew Horton, QBE North America Group CEO, said that Wood “brings deep industry expertise with a strong customer focus, underwriting expertise and knowledge of the North America market,” noting that she will continue the company’s “focus on our three core insurance segments of Crop, Specialty and Commercial.”

Before joining QBE, Wood worked at Marsh as Southeast Partnership & Zonal Leader and served as a member of the company’s U.S. Executive Committee. Prior to that, she worked as their Zonal Casualty leader in Atlanta. Additionally, she has over 15 years of experience serving in senior executive roles at Zurich Insurance Group, including global customer relationship management and underwriting leadership.

Wood’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval. She remains on QBE’s Group Executive Committee reporting to Horton.

Source: QBE North America