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Introducing our new CEO: Rita Yates!

May 15th, 2019 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Introducing our new CEO: Rita Yates!”

Effective from 1 May 2019, Rita Yates will be the CEO of Insurtech Australia. Rita was one of the founding team of Insurtech Australia and has been instrumental in building the Ecosystem in the past 2 years as Head of Partnerships. Please join us in welcoming Rita Yates to her new position.


A message from the departing CEO Simon O’Dell on Rita Yates’ succession as CEO:

14 May 2019

This week we’re announcing that Rita Yates is the new CEO of Insurtech Australia. As a key stakeholder of Insurtech Australia, we’d like to share some more information on this exciting news.

Rita has formed part of the leadership team here at Insurtech Australia since we formed over 2 years ago. Rita has been key to the operation over our first 2 years as Head of Partnerships, and also via her role on our Advisory Committee. Rita is a champion for innovation in the insurance industry and is steadfast in her belief that insurtechs represent the greatest opportunity for insurance incumbents to realise a digital transformation strategy. Rita brings experience from both the corporate insurance sector, and more recently through her role at Stone & Chalk, the #1 Fintech hub in APAC, where she has helped finance sector focused tech startups partner with incumbents and realise success.

Rita’s passion and commitment for Australia’s tech startup community and the insurance sector is portrayed in her professional and effective work ethic. Rita is well placed to be leading Insurtech Australia and representing the needs and views of both our members and partners. Please join me in congratulating Rita in his new role.

As for me, I am honoured to be joining Brenton as an adviser to Insurtech Australia and will join the board of directors. This will enable me to support Rita and the Insurtech Australia team and continue to build our insurtech ecosystem together with our members and partners.

I have commenced a role in an exciting new venture – Insurtech Gateway Australia, focused on supporting APAC’s most promising early stage insurtechs. The lighter load at Insurtech Australia will certainly enable me to focus on this new role and in-turn offer a new service to Australia’s emerging insurtech talent.

I’d like to thank all of our members, platinum, gold and ecosystem partners, and our team of volunteers from across Australia for helping us to grow our insurtech ecosystem into a position where we’re realising our vision of making Australia a world leading market for Insurtech – only achievable with your support, thank you.

I am very proud to be part of the team who founded Insurtech Australia, and I look forward to continuing to support you in my new role.

Please contact Rita and the team for further information, or keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters. As always, I am free if you’d like to connect directly also. Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events shortly.

-Simon O’Dell, CEO & Co-founder of Insurtech Australia






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