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QBE promotes Cécile Fresneau to run Insurance Division

By Sandra Villanueva
Senior Media Relations Manager

Following three years as Executive Director for QBE UK, Cécile Fresneau has been promoted to take the helm of QBE European Operations’ Insurance Division, overseeing the business in Europe and International Markets in addition to the UK.

Effective from April 1st, Cécile will focus on the execution and delivery of key customer and operational initiatives while overseeing the development of QBE in its key markets. Cécile has over 20 years of insurance industry experience and was recently appointed Active Underwriter for syndicate 386, a position she will continue to hold.

Jason Harris, CEO of QBE International says “Since joining QBE in 2018 Cécile has driven very positive change in our UK business to further cement the success of the division and to ensure that our customers remain central to our proposition. We have an ambitious agenda for our European business, and I look forward to working with Cécile to achieve it and more.”

In addition, Nick Hankin’s appointment as Chief Underwriting Officer for QBE International which includes QBE European Operation and Asia has been made permanent, following the retirement of Colin O’Farrell at the end of 2020.

An announcement about who will assume Cécile’s current position as UK Executive Director will be made in due course.


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 2020 was US$14.7 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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Sandra Villanueva

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Head of Media Relations &amp; Content, QBE International