Quick round up of the latest appointments in the industry;
Two of the London and International Insurance Brokers’ Association’s (LIIBA) committees have named new chairs. Both committees are actively involved in the modernisation work to make London an easier place to do business, particularly PPL, data standards and data submission.
Sarah Pepiatt, delegated authority director at Capsicum Delegated Authority, takes over the chair of Binders, Offslips and Lineslips Team (BOLT). She replaces Rod Joyce of Ed Broking who chaired the group for four years.
Steve Williams, head of digital at JLT Specialty, becomes chair of the Broker Placing and Electronic Development group (BPED). He takes over from Richard Clifford of Miller who chaired the ground for over five years.
Both Richard and Rob will continue to support LIIBA and participate in various committees.
BGL Appoint Debbie Hewitt as Chairperson
BGL Group, a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, which owns brands including comparethemarket.com, affinity insurance provider Junction, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com, has announced the appointment of Debbie Hewitt as its new Non-Executive Chairman. She will take over from Peter Winslow on 1 July 2018. Peter will take up a position with BGL’s main shareholder, BHL, looking at projects outside of the UK.
Peter has been with BGL for 23 years, joining in 1995 and becoming Chief Executive in 1997. He became Chairman in 2013. During his time at BGL, Peter transformed the business from a direct insurer operating a single motor insurance brand to a group of companies responsible for some of the best-known names in financial services.
Debbie is currently BGL’s Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, having first joined the business in September 2011. She was previously CEO for the RAC, where she led all commercial activities, including the roadside and recovery business, Auto Windscreens and the BSM Driving School.
Allianz Appoint New CEO
Allianz Partners in the UK and Ireland are appointing respected industry figure, Tim Tozer, as their new CEO.
Tozer will join Allianz Partners on 1st September, bringing his extensive expertise in leading multi-million pound businesses on an international scale and structure. His most recent position has been Group Operations Director at Vertu Motors PLC, the 6th largest motor retailer in the UK, a post he has held from March 2016. Prior to that he was Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors Ltd & CEO of Opel Ireland for General Motors, and President of Mitsubishi Motors Europe.
This appointment marks a return for Tozer, who was a Director at Allianz Partners UK and Ireland (then Mondial Assistance) between 2002 and 2004.
Ida Luka-Lognoné, member of the Allianz Partners board, responsible for its Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa regions says of the appointment, “As a proven, successful business leader, Tim will bring additional credibility and focus to the existing strong and ambitious management teams driving our successful UK and Ireland operations.”
Finance Role at Direct Line for Neil Manser
Direct Line Group is pleased to announce that Neil Manser will be moving into the role of Deputy Chief Financial Officer from 1 August. In his new role Neil will be responsible for the Group’s financial reporting, financial planning and business partnering, as well as financial control. He will also be driving finance’s change agenda.
Over the last couple of years heading up the NIG business, Neil has been an integral member of the Commercial leadership team, developing and implementing the NIG strategy and improving both financial and operational performance. Neil previously led Investor Relations and Strategy, therefore he will bring to this role a strong understanding of the external perspective and commercial aspects of the business.
Amanda Blanc Appointed New Chair of the ABI
Amanda Blanc, the incoming CEO of Zurich Europe, Middle East & Africa, will
become the next Chair of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) it was announced
today. She is the first woman to Chair the trade association since it began life as
the British Insurance Association more than 100 years ago.
The former CEO of AXA UK and Ireland, Amanda Blanc will officially take up the
role in October. She succeeds Andy Briggs, CEO of Aviva UK, who will remain on
the Board as the Senior Independent Director.
Phil Loney, CEO of Royal London, will become Deputy Chair, succeeding Paul
Geddes, from Direct Line Group, who will also remain on the Board.