The latest insurance industry senior appointments and job moves news;
Livingbridge Private Equity backed Three Rock Group announced today the appointment of Matthew Donaldson as Chairman. Matthew’s appointment marks an acceleration of Three Rocks strategic ambition to widen their reach within existing personal lines sector and expand their portfolio of complimentary financial services products. Three Rock Group is comprised of Chill Insurance, Irelands largest independent personal lines distribution platform, Chill Money and Ivernia, a captive MGA.
Matthew has extensive experience in the Financial Services and Insurance sector, most recently as Group CEO of BGL Group, the leading digital distributor of Insurance and Household Financial Services in the UK and France. In his early career, Matthew led the development of BGL’s digital strategy resulting in the creation of comparethemarket.com and oversaw its growth to become the largest price comparison site in the UK. Appointed to Group CEO in 2013, Matthew was fundamental to the growth of BGL Group, demonstrated by its Number 5 ranking in the Sunday Times Top Track 250. He brings extensive experience of rapidly scaling businesses across a range of markets and business models.
CEO Michael McLaughlin, commented:
“I am delighted to welcome Matthew as Chairman of Three Rock Group to build on our strong entrepreneurial culture and join us on the next stage in our growth journey. Matthew has a successful track record in building highly successful digital consumer businesses and his expertise will be invaluable as we continue our growth acceleration.”
CNA Hardy has announced the appointment of Ramesh Singh to the role of Vice President, Head of Specialty (UK & Continental Europe). He joins CNA Hardy from AXA XL where he was the UK/Ireland & LATAM Regional Head of Financial Lines and has previously held senior roles at both AIG and Chubb.
He will report to Jalil Ur Rehman, President and CEO of CNA Hardy and Kevin Smith, President & Chief Operating Officer Specialty. Rehman commented, “Ramesh brings extensive technical, business and leadership experience to our Specialty business. I am truly excited to welcome him to CNA Hardy.”
Kevin Smith added, “I am thrilled to welcome Ramesh to our CNA Specialty business. His extensive cross line experience will continue to strengthen our customer proposition.”
Singh is expected to join CNA Hardy in early April and will be based in London.
Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, today announced the appointment of Karine Maggi as director of legal and real estate and Olivier Meimoun as director of business and digital transformation in France. Karine Maggi brings to her new role more than 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, insurance, real estate management, contracts and litigation and acquired in an insurance group. At Sedgwick France, Karine Maggi will be responsible for all legal and compliance matters, and for optimising the property management policy.
Olivier Meimoun joins Sedgwick from an insurance expertise company, where he led digital transformation projects in self-service and robotic process automation, finalized the installation of a new claims management tool, and integrated systems for the scheduling of expert tours. In his new role, Olivier Meimoun will lead the team of Sedgwick business project managers in France, working closely with the IT and operational teams in developing the company’s suite of technology tools and managing its digital transformation projects.
“I am delighted that we can count on Karine and Olivier to carry out the important initiatives we have on our roadmap,” said Xavier Gazay, president and director general of Sedgwick in France. “As we embark on a profound growth journey, Karine and Olivier will play a major role in our development, and their solid experience will allow us to accelerate the digital transformation of the company and strengthen our footprint so we can better serve our clients.”
CAMPBELL JOHNSTON CLARK
Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) has announced the appointment of two new Directors, with Singapore-based Senior Associate Will Pyle and Newcastle-based Senior Associate Alex Hudson promoted with effect from 1 March 2021. The appointments exemplify the firm’s commitment to its Singapore and Newcastle offices and CJC’s continuing desire to promote the best young talent from within.
Will Pyle has a broad practice in shipping and international trade and advises a range of clients including P&I Clubs, shipowners, ship managers, charterers, insurers and banks with a particular focus on the Japanese market. He handles contractual disputes, including those arising out of charterparties, bills of lading and sale contracts, and also advises in relation to marine casualties such as collisions, groundings and fires at sea.
Recently, Will has advised on disputes arising from delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also part of the CJC team in Singapore advising on a case involving the substantial loss of containers at sea, and a container ship fire. He has extensive experience of running international arbitrations in both Singapore and London and advising on claims in the English courts.
Alex Hudson specialises in P&I and FD&D matters covering a wide range of charterparty, bill of lading and general contract of affreightment disputes. His clients include shipowners, P&I clubs and other maritime players primarily operating in the bulk, container, tanker and RORO markets.
Leading legal expenses and assistance provider ARAG has appointed Duncan Ogilvie to head up the company’s pivotal product development function, following the death of Lesley Attu, last year. In an insurance career that spans more than 30 years, Duncan has worked across underwriting, reinsurance, research and product development roles, mostly in the legal expenses insurance sector, but also in the wider general insurance market.
“Duncan is hugely experienced and has contributed enormously to developing ARAG’s product portfolio, since joining us.” commented Underwriting Director, David Haynes. “He already had a rare appreciation of the legal expenses market, to which he’s added a deep understanding of ARAG products and our approach to innovation, making him perfect for this key role.”
Responding to David’s comments, Duncan said “I’m very pleased to take on responsibility for ARAG’s wide range of products and look forward to building on the great success that they have already earned, in their respective markets.”
Paying tribute to his former colleague, Lesley Attu, Duncan added “I was very lucky to work with Lesley for many years, both here at ARAG and earlier in our careers. Her contribution to the cause of extending access to justice, both within our industry and beyond, is irreplaceable, but I’m honoured to take up her mantle.”
Duncan’s new team has responsibility for the development of the existing ARAG product portfolio, as well as the design of new products for the before-the-event, after-the-event and insured assistance markets.
The Motor Ombudsman, the Ombudsman dedicated to the automotive sector, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Gainsford OBE as Chair of its Board of Directors with immediate effect. Ron has served on the Board as a Non-Executive Director of The Motor Ombudsman, and its predecessor Motor Codes since 2013. He succeeds outgoing Chair Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Ron brings a wealth of experience to The Motor Ombudsman, thanks to a career in the field of consumer protection which has spanned more than four decades. During this time, he has held several senior leadership positions, including CEO of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and is currently a Vice President of CTSI. Ron has also represented UK interests on several European enforcement and influencing groups, and has been an adviser to several overseas governments on public protection and market surveillance issues. Ron was awarded an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to consumers and to business.
Lycetts Risk Management Services has bolstered its ambitious growth plans with the appointment of a new internationally-experienced risk manager. Alex Cormack (pictured) has joined Newcastle-based Lycetts Risk Management Services (LRMS), the specialist risk management arm of the Lycetts Group.
Alex brings with him more than 14 years of risk management experience, including inspection manager roles with Smulders UK, Siemens and Rix Renewables, and most recently, NE Safety Solutions.
The NEBOSH-qualified health and safety manager has vast experience in a multitude of sectors, including the oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy industries, and possesses a wealth of knowledge in health and safety inspection, quality assurance and project management.
In his capacity as risk consultant, Alex will spearhead LRMS’s expansion plans, as well as provide comprehensive and bespoke health and safety advice and risk management services to the division’s existing client base.