QBE European Operations sees impressive senior female talent

QBE European Operations sees impressive senior female talent

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Top female talent is attracted to the senior ranks of QBE European Operations.

Cecile Fresneau is at the helm of QBE European Operations’ Insurance Division


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Cecile Fresneau is Managing Director, Insurance. She has 20 years of insurance industry experience and joined QBE in 2018 to manage its UK Insurance business. In April 2021 she was promoted to run QBE’s Insurance Division, which comprises of the UK, Europe and International Markets business units. Prior to joining QBE, Cécile held a number of senior positions at Zurich, including Head of Personal Lines for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Chief Underwriting Officer for UK General Insurance and before that worked for Insurance
Australia Group in Sydney. Cécile was named Active Underwriter for syndicate 386 in 2020.

Emma Higgins drives QBE's inclusive work culture


Emma Higgins is Chief Human Resources Officer. She joined QBE in August 2020 from AXA XL where she held senior roles for just over 3 years most recently a duel hatted role as HR Director for the International Reinsurance and Insurance business and HR Leader for the UK and Asia Pacific which combined both product and geography with global business partnering on one side of the matrix and ‘local’ leadership with board responsibilities on the other. Prior to this, Emma was at MetLife for over 12 years, the last 7.5 years were spent in New York as Vice President Human Resources.

Further executive women at QBE European Operations include:

  • Andrea Brock, General Manager, European Markets
  • Patricia Puerta Lopez, General Manager, Spain
  • Angela Rebecchi, General Manager, Italy
  • Stephanie Cryer, Head of Property
  • Erica Kofte, Portfolio Manager, Cyber
  • Fiona Sperry, Head of Complex Claims
  • Kirsty Middleton, General Counsel, International
  • Beth McLeod, Head of Governance, Sustainability and Standards, International

Additionally, THE QBE Group overall sees many impressive women at its senior levels including: 

  • Margaret Murphy, Group Executive, People and Culture
  • Carolyn Scobie, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
  • Fiona Larnach, Group Chief Risk Officer
  • Viv Bower, Group Executive, Corporate Affairs

Bring your senior executive career to QBE European Operations

Do you understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in organisations?

Can you work hard to understand customers’ businesses to offer insurance solutions that meet their needs?

Find out more about working for QBE European Operations and research their latest executive positions.


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