Group Executive Committee
John NealGroup Chief Executive Officer
John Neal joined QBE in 2003 and was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in August 2012. Prior to his current role, John held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Global Underwriting Operations and previously held several leadership positions in QBE European Operations, most recently as Chief Underwriting Officer.
John has 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry and, before joining QBE, John was the Chief Executive Officer of Ensign, a Lloyd’s managing agent. John developed Ensign to become the UK’s leading commercial motor insurance brand. QBE acquired Ensign in 2003.
David FriedChief Executive Officer
Emerging MarketsBA–ECON/ POLI. SCIENCE
David Fried joined QBE in 2013 as Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Operations and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Markets in 2014. Prior to joining QBE, David was the Regional Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for the insurer’s life and non‑life business across 14 countries.
David was previously at HSBC for 27 years, where he worked in numerous senior management and global strategic roles, including as the Group Head of Insurance where he managed HSBC’s insurance operations across 54 countries.
Jason BrownGroup Chief Risk OfficerB ECON ACA
Jason Brown has been involved in the financial services industry for over 20 years, including in consulting, assurance and senior executive roles. Jason was Chief Risk Officer for QBE Australian & New Zealand Operations before being appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in March 2014. Jason joined QBE in 2002 and previously held the role of Executive General Manager, Technical & Operations with responsibility for national underwriting, national claims, reinsurance, actuarial, legal, compliance, strategy and mergers & acquisitions.
Jason was previously a Principal at Ernst & Young in both assurance and consulting in Australia and the UK. He is also a Chartered Accountant.
Margaret MurphyGroup Chief Human Resources Officer
Margaret Murphy joined QBE in October 2016 in the role of Group Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to this, she was the Chief of Staff to the Group HR Director at Barclays plc. After starting her career with the London Underground, Margaret worked with companies including Inchcape, BAT and J Sainsbury before spending 10 years working with Barclays. Her penultimate role at Barclays was as HR Director for Global Functions, where she led a team of 70 HR professional providing services to over 14,000 people.
Patrick ReganGroup Chief Financial Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer, Australian and New Zealand OperationsBSc, ACA
Patrick Regan joined QBE in June 2014 in the role of Group Chief Financial Officer, and became an executive director in October 2014. He also holds the role of interim Chief Executive Officer, Australian and New Zealand Operations.
Prior to joining QBE, Patrick was the Chief Financial Officer at Aviva plc in London from 2010 to 2014 with responsibility for finance, strategy, investor relations and mergers & acquisitions.
Patrick has more than 26 years’ of professional accounting experience of which nearly 20 years is in insurance and financial services. Patrick was previously the CFO/COO of Willis and has held several roles at RSA and AXA.
Richard PryceChief Executive Officer
European OperationsB HIS (HONS)
Richard Pryce joined QBE in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer, European Operations in 2013.
Richard began his insurance career with R.W. Sturge syndicate at Lloyd’s where he became Claims Director. In 1996, Richard moved to Ockham (which was subsequently acquired by ACE) as Professional Lines Class Underwriter for Syndicate 204. Richard went on to run ACE’s Financial Lines business in London before becoming President of ACE Global Markets in 2003 and ACE UK in 2007. Richard has worked in the London insurance market for 33 years.
Russell (Russ) JohnstonChief Executive Officer
North American OperationsBSc, BF
Russell (Russ) Johnston joined QBE in May 2016 in the role of Chief Executive Officer, North American Operations. Russ has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry in North America, and has held a range of senior business and operational roles since joining American International Group (AIG) in 1990. Most recently, Russ was President of AIG Casualty in the Americas, with responsibility for all AIG’s US, Canada, Bermuda and London based US Casualty underwriters.