Zurich Australia announces leadership appointment to Life & Investments’ Group Insurance team


Thursday, 20 January 2022: Zurich Life & Investments has today announced the appointment of Ahmad Racheha as Head of Digital and Member Engagement; a newly created senior leadership position within the Group Insurance team. Commencing in February 2022, Ahmad will report to Darren Wickham, who leads the Group Insurance business.

Before joining Zurich, Ahmad was the Head of Digital at Aware Super, Australia’s second-largest super fund. He has over 20 years’ experience driving business innovation, leading digital transformations, and managing online channels across a range of industries.

Commenting on the appointment, Darren Wickham said, “Ahmad’s deep experience in using technology to engage customers will help our super fund partners to engage their own members. In a post stapling world, insurance remains one of the main reasons employees do not change fund, so ensuring that members understand and make informed choices about their insurance is more important than ever.

“Ahmad’s innovation background will take our market leading technology to the next level, and assist us in bringing Zurich’s scale and global capabilities for the benefit of our Group Insurance partners and their members,” said Mr Wickham.

At Aware Super, Ahmad was responsible for leading the fund’s digital transformation journey. He was also previously “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Westpac innovation hub “The Garage” and Head of eCommerce & online Marketing at BUPA.


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Zurich Financial Services Australia is a life insurance, commercial insurance and investments specialist that has been participating in the Australian market since 1920. Since its acquisition of OnePath Life from ANZ in 2019, the company provides life insurance to more than 1.5 million Australian customers under both the Zurich and OnePath Life brands.  Further information about Zurich Financial Services Australia is available at www.zurich.com.au.


Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer serving people and businesses in more than 200 countries and territories. Founded 150 years ago, Zurich is transforming insurance. In addition to providing insurance protection, Zurich is increasingly offering prevention services such as those that promote wellbeing and enhance climate resilience.

Reflecting its purpose to ‘create a brighter future together’, Zurich aspires to be one of the most responsible and impactful businesses in the world. It is targeting net-zero emissions by 2050 and has the highest-possible ESG rating from MSCI. In 2020, Zurich launched the Zurich Forest project to support reforestation and biodiversity restoration in Brazil.

The Group has about 60,000 employees and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information is available at www.zurich.com.