Sarah Lyons will now lead approximately 900 employees throughout the country.

Insurance broker and risk services provider Arthur J Gallagher (AJG) has announced Sarah Lyons as the CEO for its Australian operations.

Lyons, who was previously managing director of Australian broking at the firm, replaces Andrew Godden who has led the business since 2014.

“Sarah has played an impressive role in successfully turning around the performance of the Commercial Broking division over the past 18 months, achieving significant gains in organic growth, retention and operational improvement,” Steve Lockwood, managing director, AU/NZ at AJG said.

Lyons said there is a terrific wealth of talent across the team and is confident that the firm is “heading towards bigger and better things”.

“We are at a positive point in our journey and our ambition remains to become Australia’s largest and most admired broker,” said Lyons.

“Over the past three years we have built a strong executive team and I look forward to working with them to progress the great initiatives we have planned in the months ahead,” she added.

Lyons will lead approximately 900 employees throughout the country.