Kiwi underwriting agency Delta Insurance Group has restructured its management team as it eyes international expansion. 

Delta Insurance New Zealand chief executive Craig Kirk is appointed into a new role as director for underwriting operations for the wider Delta Group.

Underwriting manager Dinesh Murali replaces Mr Kirk as CEO and managing director of Delta Insurance NZ. 

Murali will also join the Delta NZ Board of Directors along with group claims manager Petra Lucioli. The changes came into effect in April.

Delta recently appointed Kent Chaplin as chief operating officer at group level. The new role was established to support the group’s expansion.

Delta grew by 25% in New Zealand last year, and “double that” in Asia, the group claims. 

Delta Group managing director Ian Pollard said Mr Kirk’s appointment recognised the company’s strong growth prospects.

“This appointment will free Craig up to spend time on our Asia-Pacific business opportunities and to focus on what needs to be done across the group to achieve the growth we see possible.”

Pollard said Lucoli and Murali’s hires recognised their leadership skills. 

“Petra and Dinesh have been a big part of our success and we welcome the experience and knowledge they will bring to the board table.”

Delta celebrated its seventh year in April. Pollard said the company would pursue international expansion through 2021, with more announcements to come.

June 2021

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