ACC's board has appointed a New Zealand executive from one of
the world's largest insurance brokers as the corporation's
new chief executive.
Scott Pickering's appointment comes after former chief
executive Ralph Stewart and other ACC executives left
following the Bronwyn Pullar privacy breach last year.
The scandal, in which the details of thousands of clients
were sent to Ms Pullar, also claimed the scalps of then ACC
Minister Nick Smith, board chairman John Judge and directors
John McCliskie and Rob Campbell.
Mr Pickering, a New Zealander based in Johannesburg, is
currently Willis International's regional chief executive for
central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
ACC chairwoman Paula Rebstock said the board was delighted to
recruit a chief executive of his calibre and experience.
"After spending most of the past 22 years abroad, Scott is
delighted to be returning to this demanding and challenging
role in Wellington.
"He shares the board's vision of restoring public trust and
confidence in ACC through transforming the business model to
improve the quality of service delivery to clients."
Mr Pickering will take over from acting chief executive David
May, who has been in the role since Mr Stewart's departure,
on May 1.
A former student at Aotea College in Porirua, Mr Pickering
has been with Willis International - a leading global
insurance broker with about 17,000 employees and offices in
nearly 120 countries - since 2010.
He was previously the Asia and Middle East regional chief
executive of RSA Insurance Group, and an executive with ACE
Insurance - formerly Cigna - including as managing director
of ACE Insurance Ltd NZ.
Mr Pickering is married with four children.
His predecessor at ACC received a performance bonus of
$100,493 for the 12-month period ending December 31 when he
left the corporation.