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02 Dec 2020

WELLINGTON – December 2, 2020 Cigna New Zealand (Cigna) today announced the appointments of Rob Ellis and Paul Brock as new Independent Directors.

Current Chief Executive of Sentro – a group insurance platform, entrepreneur and company director, Rob joins the Cigna Board with international insight and experience successfully leading and directing companies in technology, media, financial services and digital.

“Working with businesses to enable innovation and better customer outcomes is a passion of mine. I’m delighted to be supporting Cigna’s highly talented leadership team and people on their exciting growth and innovation journey in New Zealand,” says Rob.

Former Chief Executive of Kiwibank Group for seven years until 2017, Paul was an integral part of the small team that established Kiwibank in 2002.

“Working to grow and develop strong customer-driven businesses that benefit New Zealanders is a key interest of mine. I’m looking forward to working with the Board, Cigna’s leadership team and passionate people to protect more New Zealanders with quality insurance solutions,” says Paul.

The appointments follow a big year for Cigna as they continue to build momentum in market following the combining of their OnePath and Cigna New Zealand businesses in January.

Cigna New Zealand Board Chair Steven Fyfe says “Having both Rob and Paul join the Board with their diverse business experience, strong customer-centric focus and passion for technology and innovation both in and out of the financial services sector is invaluable at this time of significant growth for Cigna. I look forward to working closely with each of them.”

Rob is currently Director of Sentro Group and Spoke in London, and Trustee of The New Zealand Hi-Tech Foundation and Hi-Tech Awards Trust. Paul is currently Chair of the New Zealand Story Group, Deputy Chair of Foley Wines, and a member of the Massey University Business School Advisory Board.

Rob has been in his role since August 2020. Paul joins the Board in December 2020. Mary-Jane Daly retired as an Independent Director in August 2020.