News in Brief

Insurers Appoint New Retail Heads

MetLife Head of Retail Sales, Matt Lippiatt

MetLife Head of Retail Sales, Matt Lippiatt

MetLife has appointed former AMP National Account Manager, Matt Lippiatt as its new Head of Retail Sales, ahead of the launch of its retail life insurance offer in 2018.

Lippiatt moves into the newly created after 11 years with AMP and will be involved in the initial roll out and ongoing support of MetLife’s retail offer.

Suncorp Head of Wealth and Life Intermediaries, Daniel Waller

Suncorp Head of Wealth and Life Intermediaries, Daniel Waller

In related news, Suncorp has permanently appointed Dan Waller to the role of Head of Wealth and Life Intermediaries, after he took the position on in an acting capacity in June 2017.

Waller has been with Asteron Life/Suncorp since 1 July 2014 and his permanent appointment was a “…testament to the strong leadership for which he is recognised by both Suncorp and the industry,” according to Suncorp Executive General Manager for Intermediaries, Andrew Mair.



Wellness Programs Enhanced

MLC Life Insurance and AIA Australia have made changes to their wellness programs providing clients with more options on how they use the program.

MLC Life Insurance has expanded the number of fitness tracking wearable devices that MLC On Track members can use and now allows customers to use their own tracker or smartwatch.

The On Track program uses fitness tracking technology to measure physical activity and reward customers with reduced premiums when specific targets are achieved.

Meanwhile, AIA Australia will allow its members to donate their weekly Active Benefits reward, earned under the AIA Vitality program, to either the Black Dog Institute, Cancer Council Australia or Diabetes Australia.

Earlier this year, AIA Vitality introduced enhanced Active Benefits, which rewards members with a $5 voucher each week if they met personalised, weekly physical activity targets.