2013 Winners

Dave Ulrich HR Leader

Dave Ulrich HR Leader

Fiona Michel



Fiona Michel has been executive general manager, people, community and alliances in direct insurance for two years. Previously, Fiona spent 12 months as group general manager in IAG Corporate Office, four years as executive general manager, human resources at IAG New Zealand and 10 years with Bank of New Zealand. She specialised in training and change management in IT for eight years.

Fiona is non-executive director on the national board of the Strata Community of Australia and a Harvard Business School alumni. Fiona's passions include cooking and travel. Her next big adventure will be walking Spain's 800km Camino de Santiago in 2015.


Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) is a general insurance group operating in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, with over 13,000 employees.

Its businesses underwrite over $9 billion in premiums per annum, selling insurance under leading brands including NRMA Insurance, CGU, SGIO, Swann and NZI. IAG also has joint ventures in Malaysia, India, China and Vietnam.

Direct Insurance operates NRMA Insurance, SGIO and SGIC brands, and employs 4,500 people across Australia, the largest number of IAG employees. The business is structured around five functions which work together to deliver on the Direct Insurance vision to become Australia's favourite local insurer.

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