International insurer grabs Canadian expert for London office

International insurer grabs Canadian expert for London office

International insurer grabs Canadian expert for London office A Canadian-based insurance executive will return to international insurer QBE in London next month as a member of the company board.
 
The insurance firm has announced the appointment of Kathryn Lisson as a non-executive director, effective September 1.
 
QBE chairman Marty Becker said the board will benefit from Lisson’s experience in holding senior executive and advisory roles across the financial services sector, including global insurers and banks in North America and Europe.
 
"I am delighted to welcome Kathy back to QBE,” Becker said. “Kathy's practical experience in digital technology, cyber security, IT risks and data analytics will be particularly valuable as technology plays an increasingly significant role in shaping QBE's business and strategic direction.”
 
According to Becker, Lisson will chair a newly-formed operations and technology committee which will support the QBE board in monitoring the company’s evolving digitization and information technology strategy.
 
Lisson will join QBE after recently retiring as a partner of Ernst & Young.
 
In her previous role, Lisson led Ernst & Young’s insurance advisory practice in Canada and was responsible for the firm’s financial technology implementation in the country’s insurance sector.
 
Lisson first joined QBE in 2009 and served as COO of its European operations until 2011, with responsibility for claims, technology and operation support functions.  She also chaired QBE Management Services UK and was a member of the committees on executive management, investment, reserving and risk.
 
Earlier in her career, Lisson held senior roles at Price Waterhouse and Bank of Montreal in Canada, and at Barclays Bank and Brit Insurance Holdings in London.