Some job moves and senior hires for you;
Specialist global insurer Hiscox has announced the appointment of Stéphane Flaquet as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer, effective from 1 September 2022 and subject to regulatory consents.
Stéphane has been with Hiscox since 2010 and has held a number of senior roles across the Group. He initially joined Hiscox as Chief Operating Officer for Hiscox Europe, before moving on to become Group IT Director in 2012 and then Chief Executive Officer for Hiscox Europe between 2016 and 2021. He is currently Group Chief Transformation Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer for Hiscox UK.
In his new role, Stéphane will oversee a number of critical central functions including Group Claims, Group IT, Property Services, Procurement and Group Marketing to ensure the continued effective and efficient delivery of core services. He will be a member of the Group Executive Committee and report to Hiscox Group CEO, Aki Hussain.
HM Treasury has today announced the appointment of Ashley Alder as the new Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Ashley is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong, a role he has held since 2011. Ashley also chairs the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and sits on the Financial Stability Board’s Plenary and its Steering Committee.
Ashley began his career as a lawyer in London in 1984 and practised in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. He was Executive Director of the SFC’s Corporate Finance Division from 2001 to 2004, before returning to private practice at Herbert Smith LLP, a law firm, as Head of Asia.
Ashley is expected to take up his role as FCA Chair in January. He is appointed for a five-year term.
CLYDE & CO
Global law firm Clyde & Co has announced the appointment of leading abuse lawyer Alastair Gillespie as a partner in its global insurance practice based in Manchester.
Alastair has nearly 30 years’ experience defending sensitive non-recent claims on behalf of insurers, schools, charities, sporting clubs and other public and private organisations, both insured and uninsured. Throughout the late 1990s and through to the 2000s he was heavily involved in both the North Wales and North West group actions, the outcomes of which were integral to the subsequent development of law and process in abuse claims. More recently, Alastair guided Barclays Bank and its insurers to success in the Supreme Court on the fundamental question of vicarious liability for independent contractors.
Recently, the German technology company AT – Automation Technology appointed Nina Claaßen as its new Head of Marketing, promoting her to the company’s management level. The 40-year-old has already been working in AT’s marketing department for two and a half years and has contributed significantly to AT’s greater success through her ideas and implementations. After the northern German initially redefined the company’s corporate identity and revised its branding, she worked with great commitment to ensure that the communication channels were also significantly optimised, thereby creating greater transparency.
“For me, transparency forms the basis for effective and beneficial cooperation. The work at AT is extremely diverse, which I find very appealing. Not only do I have a lot of room for operate here, but I can also finalise all projects in a timely manner, which allows me to make extremely effective progress,” explains Nina Claassen. She is also particularly keen to maintain contact with the press colleagues at the trade magazines. Having worked as a journalist herself for more than 15 years as a senior editor at Funke Mediengruppe and as a press officer at ADAC, the AT Head of Marketing has a wide network of contacts from every industry, which also benefits her many times in image processing.
Bishopsgate has appointed Richard Seeley as Head of Claims, International and Ireland.
He joins from Lloyd’s Insurance Broker Citynet Insurance where he had been Head of Claims for five years, specialising in property, liability and professional risk claims. Richard started out in the insurance industry as a claims examiner for Lloyd’s syndicates and has held claims management roles at Sphere Drake/Odyssey Re and MGA Contessa.
Conor Geraghty, Managing Director for International and Ireland, commented: “It’s great to have Richard on board to lead our claims offering for International and Ireland at Bishopsgate. He brings with him more than 30 years of industry knowledge and hands-on experience. His appointment is key in helping us achieve our ambitious growth plans. It also shows our commitment to providing our clients with access to the best London market practitioners, and the very best customer service at every stage of their insurance journey.”
Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, announced the appointment of Parul Kaul-Green, to the newly created role of Chief Digital Strategy Officer, which she takes up with immediate effect.
Kaul-Green is responsible for driving the digital strategy for underwriting and developing a long-term roadmap to ensure that LSM is at the forefront of the digital evolution across its global markets. This includes the transition of existing business to digital channels. She leads a team of digital experts across the globe reporting to Phil Hobbs, President and Managing Director at LSM. She is based in the landmark Walkie-Talkie building in London.
In addition, Carol Baker has been appointed to the new role of Head of Digital Strategy, London & Global Products, reporting to Kaul-Green. Baker is responsible for developing LSM’s digital strategy for the region.
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
WTW (NASDAQ: WTW) has announced the appointment of Kartina Tahir Thomson to the company’s Insurance Consulting and Technology business. In the new position, Kartina will play an integral role in helping insurers to enhance the value of their risk and capital management capabilities, as well as providing advice on key strategic governance and regulatory issues. She began the London-based role on 1 July 2022.
A senior industry figure with over 20 years’ actuarial, risk, governance and regulatory experience, Kartina joins from her previous post at PwC where she was part of the Leadership team in insurance, asset and wealth management regulation. Prior to PwC, she was at the Bank of England, leading the supervision of firms in the London Market and general insurance retail and commercial markets, where she was also pivotal in the implementation of Solvency II.
Kartina continues to hold leadership and senior positions in the Actuarial profession, including her role as council member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Chair of the IFoA Foundation.
APPIAN CAPITAL ADVISORY
Appian Capital Advisory LLP (“Appian” or the “Company”), the investment advisor to long-term value-focused private equity funds that invest solely in mining and mining-related companies, announces the appointment of Peter Nicholson as Senior Advisor, Head Australia and Asia.
Based in Perth, Australia, Peter will lead origination, transaction evaluation, due diligence and structuring. In addition to overseeing portfolio companies, he will execute portfolio investments and exits across Australia and Asia.
Peter’s 13-year tenure as Managing Director, Australia, of Resource Capital Funds (RCF) (18-years total tenure), a mining private equity fund headquartered in Perth, will help reaffirm and grow Appian’s presence in Australasia. Peter has also most recently served as Managing Director for Ora Banda Mining Ltd, a publicly listed gold producer.