Most recently, Messer was the Executive Director and Chief Commercial Officer of IG Group, based in London, UK, after serving as Global Head of Compliance and General Consulting. In this role, he was responsible for driving growth and international expansion in a broadly regulated context while leading a large and diverse team.
Prior to working with IG Group, he was a solicitor at Deutsche Bank at the distressed debt desk after starting his career in Australia, and worked as a solicitor with the Corps Chambers Westgarth Lawyers Corporate Advisory Team.
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In his new role at Suncorp, Messer will move to Brisbane from the UK to join the group’s executive leadership team.
Commenting on his appointment, Messer said: “As a Queenslander, the iconic Suncorp brand is very familiar to me, and I look forward to returning to the country to work with teams across the business to continue the rigor and focus on risk management.”
Steve Johnston, CEO of Suncorp Group, said Messer’s recent background – as part of a business at the crossroads of digital, technology and financial services – would be invaluable to the group.
“Bridget brings expertise in high-growth business regulatory, compliance, legal and governance, and we’re delighted to welcome him to Suncorp for managing our risk operations,” Johnston said. “He has deep business experience and a global outlook, leading the team across multiple geographies.
“Our risk function is a key contributor to Suncorp’s FY23 strategy, ensuring that the group’s systems, processes and services are in a good position to support our growth ambitions. Ensuring that our risk management, culture and strategy are important as today’s regulatory environment and Suncorp focus on digital and technology-based growth.