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QBE European Operations appoints Sir Keith Skeoch Non-Executive Chairman

Sir Keith Skeoch has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of QBE European Operations.

Sir Keith is a financial services industry leader with over 40 years’ experience across the private and public sectors. After 20 years as Chief economist at James Capel, he joined Standard Life Investments as Chief Investment Officer in 1999, and served on the board of Standard Life Plc, initially as CEO of Standard Life investments plc and then as CEO of Standard Life plc and Standard Life Aberdeen. 

Since retiring from executive life in 2020, he has built a broad portfolio of non-executive roles, including chairing the Financial Reporting Council until late 2021 having served as a non-executive director for nine years. He also chaired HMT’s Ring Fencing and Proprietary Trading Review and chaired the Investment Association stepping down in September 2022 and he currently chairs both the Edinburgh International Festival and Pre-Emption Group.

In his new role, Sir Keith will work closely with Jason Harris, CEO QBE International to drive forward QBE’s strategic ambitions. He takes over from Tim Ingram, who has retired after nine years as Chairman.

Jason Harris, Chief Executive Officer, QBE International, said: “Keith's considerable experience will be invaluable to our European Operations business. I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years to make our business a continued success.”

He added: “I would like to thank Tim for his tremendous impact on the European Operations business during his nine-year tenure and wish him all the best in his retirement.”



For further information contact:

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284,

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921,


About QBE

QBE helps businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.

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 2022 was US$20 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large customer base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our customers’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping customers improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.

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