Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas

CEO, Achmea

Emma has extensive experience in the agricultural and financial services industries; over the last 10 years Emma has held senior leadership roles at New Zealand-based agricultural insurer FMG and prior to that an executive role in a New Zealand IT solutions company, and audit roles with Deloitte.  

Originally from New Zealand, Emma has a strong affinity with agribusiness through her family and financial services background. Having witnessed first-hand the devastating impacts of natural disasters on the farming community, Emma understands the role a specialist rural insurance partner can provide in supporting the primary producers sector. As a mother and CEO, Emma is a passionate advocate for gender equality. Women only make up 2.3% of CEOs in Australian agribusinesses, and Emma is that 2.3%. The statistics in the insurance industry paint a similar and confronting picture.  

Emma firmly believes it’s vital for individuals as well as organisations – both the public and private sector – to consider practical ways how we can embrace the largely untapped economic potential of female leaders in insurance and agriculture.