“That is not the way our industry has been set up.”
Mr Hawkins mentioned he had sympathy for decision-makers compelled to steadiness the financial system with public well being however in the end threw his assist behind the lockdowns. “What we support is the government’s view that prioritising safety is part of this pandemic and having to make tough decisions to ensure we’re all safe.”
On local weather change, Mr Hawkins, who joined IAG in 2001 and was chief monetary officer for 12 years, mentioned insurers might play a higher position in defending policy-holders from its results. “We’ve got a genuine voice around the impact of climate change on the community, the knowledge we have on the science and the physical impact on our customers and trying to really make sure that voice gets heard on topics we have genuine insight to,” he mentioned.
“Yes there are things that have occurred, but we would like more to be done.”
Mr Hawkins,who didn’t touch upon whether or not the federal authorities ought to set a web zero by 2050 goal or whether or not he helps the federal government’s gasoline push, mentioned extra wanted to be carried out to forestall the worst impacts of local weather change.
“IAG itself is carbon impartial and there are a lot of applications that we’ve got put in place to decrease our environmental affect as an organization.
“All of us, people, firms and governments must do extra on this subject. The affect of local weather change on communities goes to be vital and all of us must take a few of that duty.”
Mr Hawkins mentioned he was excited to guide the corporate by means of the financial downturn and mentioned he would additionally give attention to bettering IAG’s digital providing and simplifying its merchandise.
Prior to IAG, Mr Hawkins was a accomplice at accounting agency KPMG specialising in monetary providers, working from the corporate’s Perth, London and Sydney places of work.
IAG chair Elizabeth Bryan praised the appointment and thanked former CEO Peter Harmer for his time.
“Nick has a deep understanding of each world and home normal insurance coverage together with operational and monetary expertise, and this may guarantee a clean transition for IAG.
“Under Peter’s management, IAG has sharpened its give attention to delivering higher outcomes for patrons and their communities whereas performing nicely financially,” she mentioned.
Charlotte is a reporter for The Age.