It’s time for another round up of job moves and senior hires, so here we go;
Insurance broker Lycetts has announced the appointment of two industry experts to bolster their rural and estates activities and further drive growth. Amanda Harman has been appointed divisional director at Lycetts’ Sussex office, whilst Vince Kelly has joined the company’s Newmarket team as an associate director.
Amanda Harman, who has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years as a medical underwriter, direct insurer and broker, joins Lycetts from Aon, where she was Head of Estates Practice.
The company has further bolstered its rural division with the appointment of a new associate director.
Vince Kelly will be advising the company’s East of England clients on rural insurance matters, with particular focus on farm and estates. Vince brings with him more than 20 years’ industry experience, having begun his career at NFU’s Ipswich office, followed by roles at Robins Row, Gauntlet, Aon and Marsh.
Trade credit insurer Atradius has appointed Oliver Ford as Country Manager, heading up multinational business for the UK.
Oliver returns to the Atradius UK headquarters in Cardiff after a decade, following senior roles in Hong Kong and London. With a degree in French, the Cardiff University graduate first joined Atradius in 2007 as a client services representative. Throughout his career at Atradius, his roles include business development management, and five years as Global sales manager, leading new business for Atradius in London. Oliver has spent the last four years as regional sales director for Atradius in Asia, developing and supporting the implementation of new business and marketing strategies across 12 countries.
In his new role as Country Manager, Oliver will lead a team of senior account managers, providing the best possible personal service to Atradius’ multinational customers.
The Geneva Association announces that Christian Mumenthaler, CEO of Swiss Re, was appointed the new Chairman of the organisation at its 10 November Board meeting. Christian Mumenthaler, who has been Vice Chairman since November 2019, succeeds outgoing Chairman Charles Brindamour, CEO of Intact Financial, who remains on the Board. Lee Yuan Siong, Chief Executive & President of AIA, was appointed Vice Chairman.
In addition, Amanda Blanc, CEO of Aviva, was elected as a new Board member at the Statutory Assembly of the Association on 11 November.
Christian Mumenthaler said: “I feel privileged to take on this role at such a crucial time for both our industry and society more broadly, as re/insurers mobilise to confront immense challenges, namely climate change and the after-effects of COVID-19. I thank Charles Brindamour for his outstanding leadership over the past three years. Under his Chairmanship, The Geneva Association has deeply transformed. Through its rich portfolio of research and dialogue activities, the organisation makes an essential contribution to the debate on strengthening the world’s resilience to global risks. I look forward to further increasing the impact we have for all our stakeholders.”
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company, has welcomed Eleni Lykoudi as the new Head of the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEEMEA) region of Willis Towers Watson (WTW). She will lead a diverse and high-growth region and will also act as the Head of Corporate Risk and Broking for CEEMEA. She takes up both roles with immediate effect.
Pamela Thomson-Hall, Head of International at WTW, said: “Eleni is a respected and accomplished leader within our company and industry, with a talent for inspiring and engaging people. Clients welcome her sharp focus on innovation as she draws on the full range of our capabilities to deliver the best solutions for them. She is perfectly placed to make this vibrant and complex region thrive as part of our One WTW strategy.”
Horwich Farrelly, the UK’s leading legal advisers to the insurance and commercial sectors, has appointed former DWF CEO, Andrew Leaitherland, as a strategic advisor. A well-known figure in the legal industry having been Managing Partner and then CEO of DWF and DWF Group plc respectively for sixteen years, Andrew successfully built DWF from a 430-strong North West of England firm into a 4,300-strong international firm with offices in 33 locations around the world.
He also successfully floated DWF Group plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in March 2019, before leaving in May 2020 to focus on building different types of businesses within the legal sector.
FINANCE AND LEASING GROUP
The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) has today announced the appointment of Rebecca McNeil as the new Chair of the Association, with effect from 30 November. She succeeds Richard Jones, who has held this post since 2017.
Rebecca is currently Chief Executive Officer at Close Brothers Retail and was previously CEO at Close Brothers Motor Finance. Her industry experience includes senior roles in Barclays as MD of the Asset Finance division, COO for Barclays Business and MD of Product for all business and corporate lending. In addition, she brings a wealth of consumer finance experience from her time at GE Money and AMEX.
Gallagher has appointed Martin Hiller as CEO of its speciality construction practice. He will head up Gallagher’s London based UK and international teams.
Martin has been chairman of the practice since 2017. He spent the majority of his career at JLT having initially joined as a founding member of its construction practice, and subsequently moved into roles including CEO of JLT’s construction practice and CEO of JLT Speciality.
Gallagher’s specialty construction team provides risk management and insurance solutions to UK and international large construction projects and businesses with a client base that includes contractors, property developers, owners and infrastructure funds across all of the construction industry sectors. The team has grown significantly over recent years, and now employs 75 risk professionals, and has established itself as a leading broker in construction.
Commenting on his appointment, Martin said: “Gallagher’s growth in this sector over the last five years has been impressive and the platform that has been established over this period provides continuity and confidence to our clients and stakeholders. Our focus on client service together with broking abilities in the current hard market resonates with clients, prospects and insurers and I look forward to continuing to build and develop the team and deliver on our growth plans.”
Insurance telematics and theft management solutions provider, Tracker Network UK Limited, has appointed insurtech expert Luke Anyon as insurance sales director. The move signifies the business’ commitment to accelerating its market-share within both the personal and commercial lines insurance markets.
Luke joins from one of the U.K.’s top technology organisations, CDL, where he gained over 14 years of experience in business and telematics development, working with many prominent insurance companies and brokers to deliver solutions that transform customer experiences.
Tracker’s exemplary reputation as the U.K.’s number one stolen vehicle recovery expert has been built over nearly 30 years of service to the insurance industry, protecting assets and loss ratios with its unique VHF technology and exclusive police relationship. More recently however, its market-leading driver score algorithms and risk management reporting, which underpin its engaging usage-based and self-install telematics applications, have also proven to reduce insurer and broker loss ratios.
Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, announced the appointment of Juan Miguel Álvarez as its director of energy and head of business development for Spain and Portugal.
Álvarez joins Sedgwick from a loss adjusting firm in Mexico, where he served as managing director. He brings to Sedgwick more than 20 years of experience in the insurance sector as an industrial engineer specializing in energy. He began his career as an electrical project engineer, accumulating valuable experience on projects associated with electrical substations in Albania, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar and Syria, hydraulic power plants in Costa Rica, rural electrification in Kenya, power lines in Morocco and combined cycle electric packaging in Morocco and Spain.
Throughout his impressive career, Álvarez has brought his expertise to industrial losses at energy plants, including solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, cogeneration for natural gas or biofuel, thermal, hydraulic and transport, transformation and distribution infrastructures with substations and power lines, as well as events at various types of factories. He is a popular speaker at industry conferences, sharing current topics and claims-related insights on energy and catastrophic events.
Sproutt, the life insurance company that uncovers and rewards the ‘hidden’ healthy behaviours in everyone, recently announced the appointment of Jason Evangelista to Sproutt’s executive team as Vice President of Distribution. Jason will lead Sproutt’s Agent Platform and distribution channel, providing strategic leadership in the expansion of distribution partnership opportunities and new product development.
Sproutt’s Agent Platform enables the 1.2 million licensed insurance agents, brokers, financial advisors and service employees in the US to offer Sproutt’s tailored life insurance policies to their customers quickly and easily. With 41 million Americans in 2020 lacking life insurance coverage, the Sproutt Agent Platform is closing this ‘needs gap’ and making Sproutt’s first-of-a-kind digital policies available to customers both directly via their website, as well as through insurance agents.