Latest senior hires round up for you;
Willis Towers Watson
Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, today announced the appointment of Fiona Shaw as its new head of data, analytics and innovation for its Global Fac division.
Shaw has extensive insurance, reinsurance and analytics experience having spent 30+ years at Willis Towers Watson, initially in retail insurance broking, before joining Willis Re’s Research & Development team in January 2000. She subsequently went on to co-lead the development of the Catastrophe Management Services team of Willis Re International. Most recently, since 2018, Shaw has been Head of Strategy & Operations for Global Fac within Corporate Risk & Broking.
Shaw will be responsible for leveraging analytical expertise across Willis Towers Watson to develop, promote and execute a client focused and business aligned strategy for the use of data and analytics across the facultative business globally.
Reporting to Toby Wemyss, Head of Global Fac. Shaw’s role will include the design, development and delivery of best in class analytics across multiple product lines and will serve the wider Global Fac broking hubs across all geographies.
Specialist loss adjuster and UK and Ireland partner to the vrs Adjusters organisation, QuestGates, has further strengthened its Major Loss division with new additions to the team.
Mike Beber has been recruited to provide further surveying support to the major and complex loss team while Aja Hickford has been recruited as an additional major loss accountant and will be providing valuable support on business interruption claims.
An MRICS qualified surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in the residential and commercial property industries, Mike has particular expertise with high value and high profile projects. He spent seven-years in Australia and then New Zealand from 2008 and become heavily involved with inspecting buildings suffering earthquake damage, determining whether the property was safe for people to return to and what repairs were required.
Aja is a qualified ACCA member with almost two decades’ experience of accountancy roles within the financial services industry, including several years at Cambridge-based insurance broker NW Brown.
QuestGates has also promoted two of its younger adjusters to new roles as major loss adjusters.
Kurt Recci joined the business three years ago and has been a rising star within QuestGates since then, honing his skills as a commercial property adjuster and qualified as an Associate of the CILA last year. Another budding new talent having joined the business a year ago, Michael Murrell, has also been promoted to the major loss division. He has almost a decade of experience as a commercial adjuster under his belt including dealing with major catastrophes such as Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Michael is also ACILA qualified.
Head of Major Loss, Michael Ledgerton, says: “A cornerstone of our client offering has always been to provide them with the best possible technical and personal service and that can only happen if our teams are the best in the business. We won’t hesitate to recruit the right people – so the likes of Mike and Aja, who can bring fresh new skills and talent, will be a great addition to the team.
“Equally, we’re committed to nurturing the talent we already have on board to bring on the next generation of adjusters. This ensures that we’re well positioned to provide the best possible service to our clients in the future and so I’m delighted that we’re appointing Kurt and Michael to their new roles and taking the next steps in their adjusting careers.”
ME Group has announced its second senior hire in as many weeks.
Experienced fintech credit professional Rob Cottingham, is to join the Group’s ME Funding division as Chief Credit Officer (CCO), a new role that reports to Bruce Walker, who recently joined the business as Executive Chairman.
ME Group CEO Rob Cooper said Cottingham’s appointment marks the next stage in the Group’s long-term strategy to become the platform of choice for UK consumer litigation funding.
Cottingham will take responsibility for credit risk and will play a crucial role in the Credit Committee that makes decisions on how ME Funding allocates the litigation funding it manages to ensure it is funding the right types of legal cases and law firms.
Rob Cooper said: “Rob has a stellar CV in financial services and fintech, and adds considerably to the strength of our senior team given his substantial experience in the consumer litigation funding space. We are delighted to have secured his services having competed against major financial services institutions to do so, and expect to recruit more talent into the credit team as the funding business gathers pace.”
He explained that the investment pipeline for ME Funding is strong and growing. “International investors are interested in talking to us about opportunities in the UK litigation finance market. The opportunity for them is largely uncorrelated to normal economic cycles, and using our LegalTech we are able to not only reduce risk in the credit decision, but also give a more consistent and accurate decision on realisation value and duration of the underlying litigation asset.”
Rob Cottingham said: “ME Group is poised to become a leading player in the litigation finance sector in the UK, with a compelling proposition for investors in this relatively new UK asset class. I am looking forward to playing my part in delivering the Group’s ambitious vision and strategy.”