The latest round up of senior job moves for you;
Paul Stacy, founder of Wunelli and serial telematics technology entrepreneur, has joined IMS from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, where he held the roles of R&D Director and Director of Automotive Development, EMEA. He takes on the new role of Global Business Development Director at IMS, reporting to CEO
Stacy’s arrival at IMS marks the latest in a string of senior hires over the last 18 months, including ex-Octo N. America CEO, Nino Tarantino, in the US, and ex-JLR executive Leon Hurst in the UK. The company also added COO Christoph Burtscher (ex-dunnhumby) and CTO Nik Southworth to its Executive team. The business took on a minority growth capital investment from Three Hills Capital Partners in 2019.
Commenting on his role, Paul said his immediate focus would be exploring opportunities in new markets where IMS doesn’t currently have a presence.
Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is delighted to announce that Nick Watson will be joining the main board of the company. He will take up the role of Sales & Agency Director, subject to regulatory approval, in May. He will be replacing Nick Turner, who is taking over from current Chief Executive Lindsay Sinclair on 1st April.
Nick brings more than 30 years of financial services experience; 22 of which have been in insurance – spanning both life and general insurance. He joins from AXA, where he is currently Director for Commercial Distribution and Trading. Nick also has experience in Life Insurance products from a Commercial role with Aviva UK Life. He spent 13 years in total at Aviva with roles covering personal lines and commercial offerings as well as long-term savings and protection.
He also ran Aviva’s Bancassurance channel and was their European Commercial Services Director.
Allianz Insurance has appointed Matt Pask and Chris Long as its new distribution managers for Chelmsford and Glasgow. Both joined the company as part of different graduate schemes, with Pask joining the Corporate Management Trainee scheme in 2014, and Long joining the Commercial Insurance Grad Programme in 2015.
Since completing the scheme, Pask has progressed steadily, holding positions in Leeds, Woking and Guildford. He has now joined the Chelmsford branch where he will oversee the distribution strategy for the branch and engagement with the local insurance market.
Long, on the other hand, went on to hold various key roles. Most recently based in Guildford, as partnerships manager within the SME business. Sarah Mallaby, director of broker markets, Allianz Insurance said:
“Another great example of Allianz nurturing talent and encouraging those to work from the ground up. In a few years, these talented individuals have gone from a trainee graduate scheme, to a position of real responsibility. That is a real testament of their skills and of Allianz’s commitment to invest in the future of this industry.”
Steve Molloy has joined Cobalt Solutions as Head of Insurer Services. Steve has been working with the business as a Consultant since August 2020, and joined on a permanent basis as the start of 2021. Steve has worked in outsourced motor claims management and replacement vehicle services for nearly 20 years, in Sales, Senior Account Management and Senior Operational Management roles.
On his appointment, Steve said:
“It’s great to join on a permanent basis, and to be able to guide the business to become a force in motor claims. The service standards that already exist within the business are really high, driven by the way in which our sister company Coplus handles its broker claims. That is a fantastic starting point for me. The business is already ‘best in class’ when it comes to FNOL, regardless of whether in or out of hours; liability decision making on the first notification; and the ability to ensure a claim is placed on the right track. Not many companies can do this right first time, and provide the customer with certainty of the next steps. Combining the use of technology and people is really key to Cobalt’s decision making.
As Head of Insurer Services Steve will take the lead on client relationships, supply chain partnerships, and support the operational team in the development and delivery of the services required by the market.
Generali Global Assistance (“GGA”) has announced that it has appointed Vladimir Poletaev as their Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Vladimir will be responsible for supporting and executing marketing, branding, communications, and PR initiatives across North America.
As the newly established CMO, Mr. Poletaev will be managing a team of talented marketing professionals from all North American entities under the Generali Global Assistance umbrella, including GGA Travel Insurance , Generali U.S. Branch, GGA Identity & Cyber Protection Services, GMMI, Trip Mate and CareLinx Inc , among other products and services. He will also be responsible for collaborating with GGA’s parent company, Europ Assistance Group, in addition to driving strategy and synergies while championing the North American business within the larger Generali Group. Mr. Poletaev will focus on promoting the GGA brand and its values to facilitate the ambition of Generali Group as a lifetime partner to clients and their customers, combining simplicity and innovation with empathy and care.
The insuretech that provides claims management solutions has strengthened its management team with the appointment of four key personnel to drive the business forward after an explosion in growth in 2020.
In the last two months, Tony Lucas has joined CET as customer service project manager, Phil Kemp has come on board as head of operational support, Saeeda Khanim has been appointed head of complaints (customer relations) and governance, while Phil Martin becomes the firm’s resource planning manager.
Tony Lucas joins CET from East Midlands International Airport, where he was head of operational planning and resourcing. As customer service project manager at CET, people will be at the top of his list, with a focus on training, developing and succession planning to give all employees an opportunity to have their voice heard.
Phil Kemp has come on board as head of operational support from Centrica, where he was head of operations. He will be responsible for managing the CET team, who provide the key link between customers and contractors. Having worked for some of the major names in national utilities, Mr Kemp is looking forward to making the decisions needed to advance the two-way conversations between CET’s call takers and those in the field.
Saeeda Khanim joins CET as head of complaints (customer relations) and governance, after being head of operations at Ingeus, a global advisory group that supports governments and employers in managing societal growth. Mrs Khanim will be responsible for overseeing the development and management of the firm’s internal governance policies and procedures that will support CET’s plans for growth and expansion.
Finally, Phil Martin joins CET as resource planning manager – a gatekeeper of costs for the business. Joining from East Midlands International Airport, where he was customer services resource manager, he will take on the responsibility for overseeing CET’s distribution of resources to make sure the company can meet demand on time every time whatever the level of calls.
Charles Taylor, the leading provider of services and technology solutions to the global insurance market, today announced that it will be expanding its adjusting services into the agriculture sector, with the appointment of Mike Clementson.
As a leading specialist in the agricultural market, with over 35 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Mike has an extensive track record, holding numerous prominent positions in the UK and overseas managing agricultural, business interruption, contingency, farm and estates claims. He will be responsible for overseeing and managing development of the global agriculture business, collaborating with existing High Net Worth and Real Estate services offered at Charles Taylor Adjusting.
Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. He began his professional career with the Royal Insurance UK Limited in Sheffield. He is a Trustee of the Carlisle and North Lakeland Hospice at Home as well as Treasurer of the Carlisle Insurance Institute.