​Suncorp names Microsoft Australia managing director as new innovation CEO

Pip Marlow will join the bank as its new innovation-focused chief executive officer early next year.

Suncorp Bank announced on Thursday that Pip Marlow, managing director at Microsoft Australia, will be filling the newly created position of chief executive officer for Strategic Innovation.

The bank said that Marlow, who leaves Microsoft after 21 years, will be responsible for Suncorp's strategic role in market disruption, and identifying, establishing, and cultivating new external marketplace partners to meet the needs of customers.

Suncorp CEO and managing director Michael Cameron told shareholders that Marlow will play a key role in accelerating the delivery of Suncorp's customer strategy.

"Pip is a highly-recognised leader in her field. She brings a wealth of international experience and has a strong track record of delivery, most recently through her role as managing director of Microsoft Australia," Cameron said.

"Her strong leadership will be pivotal to the success of our marketplace, our third-party relationships, and the delivery of our customer strategy.

"I am looking forward to the contribution that Pip will make to Suncorp and its many brands including AAMI, GIO, Apia, and Shannons."

Marlow joins Sarah Harland amongst Suncorp's latest recruits, who was appointed to the role of chief information officer in May after Matt Pancino announced his resignation at the end of March.

As a result of Marlow's departure, Microsoft announced that Steven Worrall has been appointed as its new Australian managing director.

"We are very excited that Steven will take on the leadership of the Australian business. Steven has a great track record in helping clients take advantage of the business and technological opportunities associated with innovation and business growth," Ralph Haupter, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Microsoft Asia, said.

"Being able to choose a leader from within our ranks speaks to the strength of Pip's leadership and will ensure minimal disruption to the strong momentum delivered by the Microsoft Australia leadership team."

Prior to joining Microsoft, Worrall led IBM's software business for the Asia-Pacific region, providing a major source of IBM's growth in the region. He worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales, and general management roles during his career in the services, software, and financing segments of the business.

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