QBE appoints first-ever group chief data officer

Sydney-headquartered QBE Insurance Group now has a group chief data officer (GCDO), based in the London office, in the person of Christopher Bannocks (pictured).

“There has never been a more important time for organizations to have a robust approach to enabling the business with data capabilities and forming a strong and aligned data strategy,” said Bannocks, who came onboard on May 18 to lead QBE’s enterprise data capabilities.

“I am looking forward to working with the teams to help QBE, a leading global insurer, build on its data capabilities and shape the approach to better support and service our customers, people, and shareholders.”

A highly experienced technology services and data professional, the GCDO will be in charge of defining and implementing the data strategy and agenda at QBE. Bannocks reports to operations and technology group executive Matt Mansour, who also recently welcomed new group chief information officer David Germain.

“Chris’ significant experience working with companies to develop data strategies and improve data capabilities has given him a solid understanding of the importance of creating business-focused solutions that deliver value quickly while demonstrating direction towards a strategic end-state,” commented Mansour.

“This experience is critical to allow us to gain the most insight for our customers in managing their risks.”

Bannocks’ credentials span two decades of data roles within the financial services sector – including posts at Barclays Bank, Nomura International, and ING Bank. The Credit Suisse alumnus was most recently with Danone where he served as chief data and analytics officer.

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