Zurich Leadership Team

Kieran Forde

Chief Distribution Officer, Life & Investments


Kieran Forde was appointed the Chief Distribution Officer for Zurich’s Life & Investments business in Australia in November 2020. In this role, Kieran leads Zurich's award-winning business development function and holds primary responsibility for the distribution strategy across Zurich’s retail and direct life insurance businesses.

Kieran joined Zurich as Head of Bancassurance & Direct in November 2018, overseeing Zurich’s strategic partnership with ANZ and direct distribution channel, including digital distribution and third-party partnerships.

He brings more than 30 years financial services experience, having held roles across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Before moving to Zurich, Kieran was the Head of Wealth Solutions & Partnerships at ANZ, where he had responsibility for managing the partnerships with Zurich and IOOF.

Prior to this he was General Manager of ANZ’s private banking business in New Zealand, and Head of Bank Distribution for ANZ’s wealth business in New Zealand, before moving to Australia in 2014 to lead ANZ’s financial planning business.

Kieran holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and Management from Victoria University in Wellington, and an MBA from Otago University.

Tim Howell