A statement from the organisation said Yates had worked in insurance, healthcare and the fintech and start-up ecosystems, most recently heading Insurtech and Corporate Partnerships at Stone & Chalk, Asia-Pacific’s largest fintech hub.
She has been part of Insurtech Australia since it was started in 2017, serving on the advisory committee and as part of the founding leadership team.
Departing chief executive and new chairman, Simon O'Dell, said: “We are extremely excited to have Rita step up to lead Insurtech Australia into 2020 and beyond.
The Insurtech Australia leadership team: (from left) Simon O'Dell, Rita Yates, Brenton Charnley and Severin Stoetzer.
"She’s been involved with Insurtech Australia from day one and has unparalleled expertise in the role of promoting growth and innovation for both fintech startups and corporations.”
“As well as helping countless start-ups over the past few years at Stone & Chalk, she also has considerable domain experience, working in the insurance industry across a variety of roles."
Yates said: “I’m thrilled to be taking the helm at Insurtech Australia at such an important juncture. A true grassroots organisation, our goal has always been to enable start-ups and innovation to flourish within the Australian insurance sector, and foster relationships between emerging tech and incumbent businesses.
"We will also strive to build global connectedness between Australia and international markets, something that is key to the success of insurtechs, most of whom aspire to scale globally. With an active membership, and highly engaged set of industry partners, the sky is the limit in terms of what we can achieve in the coming years.”