Commercial motor insurer Zego has appointed ex-Bupa exec, Catherine Barton, as its first Chief Insurance Officer, as the company looks to strengthen its senior team and gear up for further growth in 2022.
Catherine, who brings more than two decades’ worth of experience working at some of the world’s most prestigious companies, will be responsible for building Zego’s relationships with insurer and reinsurer partners, as well as helping the company expand and shore up its product offering in 2022.
Catherine joins Zego from the underwriter Talbot, where she was Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, Catherine spent over three years at Bupa UK, joining as Commercial & Finance Director before being promoted to General Manager of Bupa Dental Care. She was also a Partner at both Deloitte and EY, spending a combined 20 years working in the companies’ actuarial practises.
Most recently Catherine was also Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Sabre Insurance Company, a UK motor insurer.
Commenting on the appointment, Sten Saar, CEO, Zego said: “We are so excited to have Catherine on board. Her wealth of experience in insurance and finance will be essential for bolstering our relationships with insurance partners. At Zego, one of our priorities this year is bringing new products to the market to cater to a wider pool of businesses and customers who use their vehicle for work, and Catherine’s expertise will be invaluable in helping us deliver on this.”
Catherine Barton, Chief Insurance Officer, Zego said: “Zego is at the forefront of innovation in the insurance industry and has the potential to be a world-leading insurtech brand. Having the opportunity to work with a really talented and diverse team is what attracted me to Zego, and I’m excited to see what we can achieve and deliver for our customers in 2022.”
Today’s news follows several recent growth milestones for Zego, including the company’s launch in the Netherlands last month. The insurtech doubled its headcount in 2021 and is preparing to take several new products to market in 2022.