Why is everyone talking about IAG shares on Tuesday?

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Insurance Australia Group Ltd (ASX: IAG) shares are in the ASX 200 spotlight this Tuesday. Not because the IAG share price has slipped by a notable 0.8% in early trading so far. IAG shares are currently down to $4.94 a share after closing at $4.98 yesterday.

That’s a loss that trails the broader S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO), which is currently down by 0.36%.

But that’s not the primary reason IAG shares are making news today, although it is probably a consequence.

This ASX 200 insurance share had some big news for investors this morning. Just before market open, IAG released an ASX announcement that heralded some major changes at the company.

IAG has revealed its chief financial officer, Michelle McPherson, is to retire. McPherson will be leaving IAG at the end of the 2023 calendar year. She has only been in the role since early 2020.

But it’s not just the CFO that is leaving IAG. The company has also revealed she will be joined by IAG’s chief insurance and strategy officer, Tim Plant, who’s also heading for the door. Plant will be departing a little earlier, with his retirement from the company pencilled in for 30 June.

In Plant’s case, his role seems to have been made surplus to IAG’s future requirements. Here’s what the company’s statement said about his departure:

IAG’s Chief Insurance & Strategy Officer Tim Plant will be leaving IAG on 30 June 2023 as the company consolidates its group functions to better support its three operating businesses: Direct Insurance Australia, Intermediated Insurance Australia, and New Zealand.

IAG CEO and managing director Nick Hawkins made the following comments about both executives’ departures:

Michelle has played an important role in helping drive the business to achieve its strategic goals during a challenging time for the industry and economy. I would like to thank Michelle for her contribution and wish her all the best in her retirement later this year…

Our plans are clear. We want to accelerate the delivery of our plans and ensure our three operating businesses can continue to meet customer needs in this rapidly changing environment. Tim has established greater discipline and alignment on how we execute our strategic priorities and helped to strengthen our underwriting governance during his time at IAG. I thank him for his contribution.

So a big day of change for Insurance Australia Group and IAG shares today. Perhaps this big shakeup is what’s driving investor uncertainty with the IAG share price so far this Tuesday.

An IAG share snapshot

Although IAG shares are having a rough time of it today, this ASX 200 financials share has had a fairly decent year in 2023 to date. IAG is currently still up a healthy 5.36% since the start of the year and has risen by 6.28% over the past 12 months.

That compares pretty favourably against the ASX 200, which is ‘only’ up by 4.4% year to date, and by 1.85% over the past 12 months:

The current IAG share price gives this insurance giant a market capitalisation of just over $12 billion, with a dividend yield of 2.24%.

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