Sebastiaan Lambalk will take on the role of General Manager for QBE’s Netherlands branch with effect from 1 January 2023, subject to regulatory approval.
Sebastiaan has 15 years’ experience in the insurance sector, having begun his career with Fortis in 2007. Over the years Sebastiaan held several European roles predominantly focusing on strategy development and execution across the insurance value chain. In 2021, Sebastiaan joined QBE as head of Strategy for Europe to support and drive the European growth agenda. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the Netherlands branch and has driven a successful recruitment programme to build the local team.
Bea Valenti, Director of Insurance QBE Europe comments: “Sebastiaan has played a central role in the establishment of our Netherlands operation and has built a very strong team around him who are already in market writing risks. The Netherlands branch completes a missing piece in our European footprint and I am delighted to have Sebastiaan in place to drive this operation for us”
Taking over as Head of Strategy & Underwriting Transformation for Europe is Queralt Vila. With over 15 years of experience in Insurance, Queralt has held a number of senior operational and strategic roles across several international P&C insurers and InsurTechs in Switzerland and the UK. At the start of her career, Queralt was also a PI Underwriter and a Broker Manager in the London Market. Most recently, she was an Associate Director at EY in the UK, leading strategy and transformation projects in the Insurance sector.
Bea Valenti continues “Queralt brings superb experience to QBE and will be integral to the success of our growth across Europe. In addition to the launch of our Netherlands’ branch, we are expanding our product offering and increasing our regional footprint within our existing network of countries. Queralt will be driving this expansion with an unwavering focus on underwriting performance and delivering value to our customers.
QBE is writing business in the Netherlands incepting from January 2023, providing robust solutions to corporate and middle market customers that require a broad range of coverage and support for their international footprint.
For further information contact:
Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284, Sandra.Villanueva@uk.qbe.com
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QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2021 was US$18.5 billion.
The Netherlands operation will be a branch of the NBB regulated entity QBE Europe SA/NV.