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QBE Insurance Group Limited is Australia's second largest global insurer after Insurance Australia Group.[7] It provides insurance services mainly to Australia, North America, Europe and Asia Pacific region. In 2019, QBE had over 11,700[8] employees in 27 countries worldwide. As of August 2012[update], QBE was ranked among the world's top general insurers[citation needed]. QBE had market capitalisation of A$15.63 billion.[7]

The company reported a 2018 profit after tax of US$567 million and an Combined Operating Ratio (COR) or 95.7%.[9]

Originally called the North Queensland Insurance Co, QBE was founded in 1886 in Townsville, in northern Queensland by two Scottish migrants, James Burns and Robert Philp, founders of shipping company Burns Philp and Company.[10]

QBE was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1973 from the merger of three companies whose names represent the letters of the combined company, Queensland Insurance ('North' was dropped from the company's title in 1906), Bankers' and Traders' Insurance Company, and Equitable Life and General Insurance Co., and its founding chairman was J.D.O. Burns.

Since then, QBE has continued to acquire many companies. For example, in February 2007, it acquired Mexican insurer Seguros Cumbre SA de CV, whose net tangible assets were estimated at $26 million, and American insurer General Casualty Insurance.[11] In 2011 QBE purchased Balboa Insurance of California from the Bank of America.[12][13][14][15]

QBE Insurance is also known for its sponsorship of sports teams, including the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League, the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League, the NSW Swifts of netball's trans-Tasman ANZ Championship, the Perth Glory of the A-League and provincial New Zealand Rugby team, North Harbour. QBE is the official insurance partner of England Rugby and the Argentine Rugby Union.

Pat Regan was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. He joined QBE in June 2014 as Group Chief Financial Officer and was appointed CEO of Australian and New Zealand Operations in August 2016.

Previous Group CEOs of QBE include John Neal, who held the position from 17 August 2012 - 31 December 2017. Frank O’Halloran, who worked for QBE for more than 35 years, was Group CEO from 1998 - 2012. Prior to this O’Halloran was Director of Operations from 1994 - 1997, Director of Finance from 1987 - 1994 and Chief Financial Officer from 1982 - 1987.

In April 2020, QBE Insurance group appointed Jason Harris as CEO, International, succeeding Richard Pryce who is set to retire at the end of 2020.[16]

Maintaining a property insurance policy is one of the most common conditions imposed upon anyone who borrows money to purchase a house.[17] If a borrower allows such a policy to lapse, US lenders will purchase force-placed insurance for the property owner (also called lender-placed insurance, or collateral protection insurance)[18] The use of force-placed insurance by lenders is an ongoing practice that, in the wake of the financial crisis, has become increasingly common,[19][20][21] being cited by many experts as the cause of foreclosures themselves.[22] The coverage prevents gaps in insurance, which is required by the terms of most mortgages. The financial industry justifies higher premium costs of force-placed insurance policies because of the heightened insurance risk of borrowers who aren’t paying for their own insurance.[23] Opponents of the product consistently provide statistics in opposition to these statements,[24][25] citing kickback payouts and loss ratios that are much lower than the rest of the insurance industry.[26]

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