Appointments & Job Moves 22.03.2021

The weekly round-up of job moves and senior appointments for you;


Darren Coombes will take up the role of Group Deputy Chairman and Dene Rowe is promoted to the new role of Group Chief Marketing Officer, as the business looks to drive organic growth, innovation and digital transformation.

Dene will join Davies’ Group Executive Committee and will take up his role in early April, reporting directly to Group CEO Dan Saulter. Dene joined Davies as Innovation Director through the acquisition of Keoghs in 2020 and has held a series of senior executive roles across marketing, innovation, digital transformation and sales which has seen him develop new services and drive successful revenue generating opportunities across legal and claims solutions.Senior executive

Darren Coombes, who has held various leadership roles within the business over 20 years, latterly as Chief Growth Officer, will take up a new role as Group Deputy Chairman. In his new role Darren will join Davies’ UK FCA regulated boards as Non-Executive Director and will join Davies’ divisional boards where he will provide challenge and focus on client service and growth. In addition, Darren will play a global ambassadorial role, supporting client relationship management and focusing on strategic opportunities and new markets.


Direct Insurance Group, has announced that Matt Field has been appointed to the Board as Group Sales & Marketing Director.

Matt has been with Direct Insurance Group since 2016 when he joined as Business Development Manager for the North for its UK wholesale broking business DILM (Direct Insurance London Market).  In 2017 Matt was promoted to Head of Marketing & Development. For four years he has been at the helm of the sales and business development teams as well as Head of Group Marketing and UK Sales.

Matt Field comments: “I’m delighted and honoured to be appointed to the Board.  Anyone who knows me also knows that Direct Insurance runs through my veins – like a stick of rock.  I’ve been with the Group now for just five years, but in that short time I’ve been a part of their hugely exciting journey and can’t wait for the next chapter.  Its infectious entrepreneurial spirit drives us all forward – you can’t help but be impressed by the people and the Group’s collective ambition.”


Cover Genius, has named Darcy Shapiro Chief Operating Officer, Americas, and Amir Massoudi Global Chief Revenue Officer. The appointments reflect Cover Genius’ growth in the US marketplace as it continues to secure new partnerships.

“We are fortunate to have partnered with some of the world’s largest companies throughout the pandemic, and now have millions of commercial and personal insurance policies in force in more than 60 countries and sectors including travel, product, health, marine cargo, pet, property, ticketing and auto,” said Angus McDonald, Cover Genius CEO and Co-founder. “By integrating our XCover platform, partners are enjoying the benefits of a growth-oriented and user-centered platform that provides resilience, trust and peace of mind to millions in a seamless way.”

Based in New York, Shapiro initially joined Cover Genius in 2018 to lead insurance partnerships and legal in North America, Canada and Latin American markets and quickly established a 50-state MGA licensing model.


New Dawn Risk Group Limited, the international specialist insurance intermediary, announced today the appointment of Manuel Sicard to lead the company’s expansion into Latin America.

Max Carter, CEO of New Dawn Risk, said: “Latin America is a dynamic and developing region that is experiencing growing demand for increasingly complex insurance products, translating into a broad range of opportunities for international reinsurers.  Given that this is relatively uncharted territory for some, cedants and reinsurers alike need to know their broker can provide local specialist knowledge of the markets they are operating in. Manuel’s depth of experience in the region – spanning underwriting, broking and risk management – combined with the strength of the relationships he has built up over more than two decades working in the industry, means we are now able to offer clients a more engaging and valuable proposition in Latin America.”

Prior to joining New Dawn, Manuel was vice-president, financial lines at Guy Carpenter. He previously held a similar role at Willis Towers Watson in London. Earlier in his career he worked in Colombia as a reinsurance analyst for Allianz and a risk consultant at RE Ingenieria. He has an MBA from the University of Cardiff.


Geospatial imagery and re/insurance intelligence company McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) is delighted to announce that Rosina Smith has joined the growing team as Head of Product.

Rosina joins from start-up Insurdata, where she was Head of Client Success, and brings with her a wealth of experience from the insurtech sector. Her time with Insurdata saw her responsible for insurance clients, as well as managing Insurdata’s Lloyd’s Lab programme.


Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe (AND-E), has confirmed the appointment of Warren Hetz as the company’s new UK CEO, succeeding Mike Swanborough who held this role in addition to his wider position as Group CEO.

Warren has been with the Group for over a decade, most recently in the role of UK Commercial Director and before that as Chief Actuary. As UK Commercial Director, he had wide-ranging responsibilities to develop the customer proposition and experience. In particular he was focused on driving the marketing, pricing, underwriting, aggregator and add-on provider relationships for the AND-E group’s brands in the UK – including insurethebox and drivelikeagirl.

With offices in London and Newcastle, AND-E provides a range of retail and motor insurance products. Through its relationship with Toyota, as well as investment in driving data and connected technology, the company plays a unique role in the creation of protection products for the evolving connected mobility
marketplace. As CEO for AND-E UK Warren will continue to spearhead initiatives that focus on customer experience and product innovation, supporting the Group’s ambitions in the evolving connected mobility market.

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