Job Moves and Senior Hires Round-Up 03.11.2021

It’s been a while since we did a round-up of the latest job moves, so here goes;


Julie Branton joins from RCHL Group where she was Business Development Manager.  Prior to that she spent five years as a BDM for Broker Network and five years as BDM for Ecclesiastical.  With more than 30 years’ experience of the industry she has a deep knowledge of the broker market and a rich and highly developed network.  At Movo, Julie will be responsible for liaising with the network’s new and existing AR members, helping them access and make best use of the services the network offers and helping them to achieve their goals, and further liaising with the network’s insurer partners.

Lea Cheesbrough, Managing Director of Movo, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Julie on board at such an exciting time; her appointment comes at a critical phase in our development.  2022 will be a watershed year in our growth and her appointment is instrumental in helping us to achieve those ambitions, so I am delighted that we have secured such a highly experienced and capable individual.”


Leading service provider handl Group, which owns a portfolio of businesses across the claims and rehabilitation sectors, has appointed Neil Vose as head of digital transformation. Neil began his new role on 11 October, reporting directly to Group CEO Graham Pulford.

He will work with handl Group’s growing portfolio of start-up businesses and established brands to accelerate digital transformation across the Group, to improve the customer experience and deliver operational efficiencies.

Graham Pulford, handl Group CEO, said: “We aim to further immerse our brands in the digital age with a transformative programme that sets us apart from our peers. Digital innovation is an essential part of handl’s growth roadmap and it’s great that Neil has joined us to help plot our journey and lead its execution.”

Neil Vose said: “I am excited to join handl Group to unleash the full potential of digital across our portfolio of companies to better service their customers, employees and partners.”


Grupo Catalana Occidente has appointed Hugo Serra as new CEO. The appointment, which will take effect from 1 January 2022, marks the beginning of an orderly handover process of the current CEO, Ignacio Álvarez.

The Board of Directors of Grupo Catalana Occidente, at the proposal of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee, has approved the appointment of Hugo Serra as the Group’s Chief Executive Officer to replace Ignacio Álvarez, who will leave the post for personal reasons after 10 years as the company’s chief executive.

After holding various responsible positions in multinationals in the financial sector, Hugo joined Grupo Catalana Occidente as a member of the Board of Directors in 2006. In 2008 he began a journey through different areas of the Group until 2009, when he began to provide support to the Chairmanship. In 2013, he was appointed deputy general manager to the Chairmanship. In this position, Hugo Serra has managed the Operations department; Investment department; and Innovation, Marketing and Business Development Department (IMD). He is also currently vice-chairman of the Group’s board of directors, as well as a director of various companies.


Jonathan Miller, UK sales director at insurance brokers Partners&, has recently taken on a new voluntary role following his appointment as Chair of the Volunteer Advisory Board for Working Options in Education. Working Options in Education runs a Career Pathways Programme that has helped more than 20,000 young people to fulfil their potential.

Jonathan already volunteers with three other organisations, KidsOut, Birmingham Food Council and the BPFS Black Leaders Network.

The Volunteer Advisory Board is a group of business volunteers who provide input into how the charity can help students understand the employment skills needed and where the opportunities exist for young people. Explaining why he has chosen to take on a third voluntary position working with children Jonathan, who is married with three children of his own said:

“My parents both came to the UK from Jamaica in the 60s. My mother was a teacher and so is my brother and both have taught in some pretty challenging schools, so I know I have been privileged in both my upbringing and my education, attending a Grammar school and university. Even as a well-educated young man, with both parents in professional careers, I wasn’t fully aware of the options available to me in the working world.

My volunteer work allows me to share the benefit of my knowledge, experience and career, with young men and women who may not have had the same benefits as I have had, or access to the broad range of careers often reserved for those with inherited networks or high-level education. It’s just about me letting them know what options are out there for them, I’ve got a few experiences to share, and I hope to make a difference.”

He continued: “One of the things I try to explain to the young people I meet is that at no one expects them to have a clear career path at 17, and that if they can bring together what they love doing and what they are good at doing, then it will hardly feel like work at all.”


Court Cavendish, the global technology investor and former healthcare turnaround specialist, has announced the appointment of Ben Kent as Special Advisor. Ben’s appointment comes as Court Cavendish further implements its strategy of deploying senior expertise alongside its existing capital investments. Ben is the second Special Advisor appointed by Court Cavendish this year, following the appointment of former Tesco Chief Financial Officer Laurie McIlwee in January 2021.

Ben brings with him over fifteen years of experience working in the healthcare sector, and considerable expertise in corporate finance. As Special Advisor, he will provide strategic advice and mentorship to support Court Cavendish’s investment in healthcare companies – a portfolio that includes DocTime, the emerging markets telehealth provider.

As part of his Court Cavendish role, Ben has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at DocTime.  He has previously held CFO roles at Bupa and SimplyHealth, and most recently served as COO of Doctor Care Anywhere where he supported its successful IPO.


Pie Insurance recently announced that Kristina Johnson, accomplished global HR advisor and leader, will be joining the company’s Board of Directors to support Pie’s rapidly increasing expansion.

In the past year, Pie has increased its headcount nearly 80%, currently employing more than 300 team members, and expects 2022 to be another period of growth. While working with Pie, Kristina plans to draw from her experience managing organizations going through periods of hyper-growth. In addition to her role at Pie, Kristina is Chief People and Places Officer at software provider Okta, where she managed the HR function during Okta’s successful IPO in 2017.


Hippo has announced that Grace Hanson will join the company as Hippo’s first Chief Claims Officer, effective January 2022. Hanson will oversee the growth and sophistication of Hippo’s claims organization as the company expands to reach more than 90 percent of U.S. homeowners this year.

“Hippo is at the forefront of the customer-first approach in the home insurance space, leveraging cutting-edge technology to anticipate and solve homeowner problems before they emerge, and guiding them when they experience a loss,” said Hanson. “Protecting the home is a passion of mine and I’m excited to build on Hippo’s innovative successes to push the bar for customer experience in claims and take care of our customers when they need us most.”

Hippo is transforming the home insurance industry by protecting the joy of homeownership through proactive and consumer-focused products and services. A key component of Hippo’s approach is its personalized approach to claims, which Hanson will oversee, that works directly with customers to provide a reliable and painless claims experience. In her role, Hanson will extend the company’s use of technology and data to increase claims efficiency and ensure that customers are able to complete claims with limited effort and an empathic shoulder to lean on throughout the process.


Ardonagh Global Partners (AGP) announces the appointment of Alissa Pfitzner as General Counsel.Alissa brings to the role 20 years’ experience advising on M&A, integration and regulatory matters across multiple jurisdictions, most recently as the Founder and Principal of Amicus Legal, which she established in 2015. She was previously Chief Counsel Asia Pacific at Arthur J Gallagher where she was responsible for the provision of legal services to the broker’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and Chief Counsel and Company Secretary of Arthur J Gallagher International in London.Alissa is based in Sydney, where Ardonagh Global Partners has recently invested with the acquisition of Resilium Insurance Brokers, Australia’s largest independently owned intermediary network, as well as established Ethos Broking Australia and Resilium Partners.


Willis Towers Watson has appointed Diana Fox Carney as a strategic adviser in its award-winning Climate Resilience Hub. As a long-standing leader in transformative policy and business thinking Fox Carney will join Willis Towers Watson’s climate, resilience and ESG solutions teams serving corporates and public sector institutions in North America and worldwide.

As a development economist Fox Carney developed early insights on global sustainability risks and the challenges, choices and opportunities for institutions on the pathway to low carbon, net zero futures.

Previously Fox Carney led research at the IPPR think tank and former Executive Director of Pi Capital, curating and communicating world-shaping ideas for leaders from business and finance and has held senior roles at think tanks in Canada and the UK, focused primarily on energy and climate. Fox Carney is a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is a current, or past, board member of several not-for-profit organisations in development and climate. She works with several climate technology companies and sits on the advisory board of BeyondNetZero, a growth equity fund focused on the reduction of carbon emissions.






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