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ICA confirms CEO departure

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Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) CEO Rob Whelan will leave the industry body to explore “new roles and opportunities”.

As reported exclusively by, Mr Whelan will end a decade-long stint at ICA once his successor is found.

ICA President Gary Dransfield says Mr Whelan’s tenure included “some of the most challenging and industry-defining periods, such as several devastating natural disasters and the financial services royal commission”.

“He has advised me that now is the right time for him to move on to the next phase of his career and pursue new opportunities and responsibilities,” Mr Dransfield said.

“Rob’s leadership has been pivotal for our industry as we’ve navigated through a constantly evolving regulatory and political environment.

“His legacy will include our new code of practice, which is more customer-centric than ever before.”

Mr Whelan will continue as CEO while the ICA Board searches for his replacement, and has hinted his next position may be an industry role.

“It has been my absolute privilege to serve the general insurance industry as CEO of its peak body,” Mr Whelan said.

“While I will now turn my focus to exploring new roles and opportunities, I will continue to take a keen interest in the progress of the insurance industry.

“I hope that in some way, in a renewed capacity, I may continue to contribute to its future successes.”