Cris Knell

Executive General Manager, Distribution

About Cris

Cris leads the distribution team managing Suncorp New Zealand’s intermediated relationships with insurance brokers, insurance advisers, cluster groups and dealer groups and a range of highly regarded corporate partners, represented by our “go to market” brands of Vero Insurance and Asteron Life. 

With a focus on our intermediated partners, the distribution function aligns our products and services to meet a broad array of our customer’s needs, as we seek to safeguard the interests of our intermediaries, business customers and individual policyholders. Protecting the financial wellbeing of New Zealanders is core to our role. 

In an ever changing world, Suncorp New Zealand continues to explore and evolve our products and services for our customers. The distribution function works closely with our wider business to ensure that new digital ways of working are incorporated into our workstreams, that enable vital and relevant products and services to be delivered with greater speed, certainty and clarity to our intermediated partners and end policyholders. 

Prior to Suncorp, Cris held a number of senior executive positions during his 25 years at AIG, working in UK/ Ireland, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS, Asia and Australasia. As CEO of AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited, Cris steered that business through the financial markets collapse, Christchurch earthquake recovery and negotiated AIG’s first commercial sponsorship of the New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks.

Cris is actively engaged in the insurance industry, having served as a board member and Vice President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand. 

More recently, since 2016 he is serving as a board member of the Financial Services Council.

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Catherine DixonExecutive General Manager, People Experience

Helen McNeilChief Risk Officer

Jimmy HigginsChief Financial Officer

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Kate DronAppointed Actuary

Adam HeathExecutive General Manager, Insurance Solutions

Cris KnellExecutive General Manager, Distribution

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