Job Moves and Senior Appointments 17.07.2023

It’s time for another job moves round up, here’s the latest;


Jason Cross, founder of FAB Recycling Ltd and former director of Synetiq, joins the board of e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e], the UK’s only nationwide network of automotive recyclers, as a Non-Executive Director.

Jason brings three decades of industry experience to the e2e Executive Board and a history of many industry firsts.  His company, FAB Recycling Ltd, was ahead of the curve as the first ever carbon neutral vehicle dismantler in 2010.  FAB also designed and implemented the first reclaimed parts grading system and the first reclaimed parts procurement platform in the UK.  His role at e2e will see Jason advising the Board on network strategy with a particular focus, unsurprisingly, on ESG and reclaimed parts.

Jim Loughran, CEO at e2e said: “Following his exit from Synetiq, Jason’s non-compete restrictions have prevented him from working in the industry for the last eighteen months.  We are proud and delighted that he has chosen to join the e2e network as soon as permissible. Jason is known and respected by our members, who value his opinion and insight highly.  The timing for the network is perfect, as we prepare to launch our national reclaimed parts solution and as our members embrace our network wide ESG strategy.  We look forward to drawing on Jason’s expertise and strategic input as we build competitive advantage with these initiatives, demonstrating the benefits that are unique to our collective, network approach to servicing clients.”


Southeast Asia insurtech startup, PasarPolis, has appointed industry veteran Peter Van Zyl as its President. Former Director and CEO of Allianz Indonesia, Peter Van Zyl will bring his deep expertise and leadership to bear on the firm’s ongoing mission to democratize insurance.

Coming on the heels of PasarPolis achieving full-stack insurtech status, the appointment is significant. This capability, enabled by a strategic partnership with Tap Insure, allows PasarPolis’ ecosystem to underwrite and distribute its own insurance products. Peter Van Zyl’s entrance is set to further consolidate this strategic evolution.

“PasarPolis welcomes Peter Van Zyl to our team,” stated Cleosent Randing, CEO of PasarPolis. “His leadership acumen and experience will be essential as we continue to disrupt the insurance landscape as a full-stack insurtech. Our prior collaboration with Peter, through Allianz Indonesia, gives us confidence in our shared objectives.”


WTW (NASDAQ: WTW) has announced the appointment of Punil Chaubal to lead WTW’s activity with insurers as its Insurance
Investment Advisory Proposition Leader in the UK. In this new role within the company’s Insurance Consulting and Technology (ICT) business, Punil will be based in London and report to Marcus Bowser, Managing Director, UK and Ireland Life.

“Over the past three years we’ve doubled the size of our insurance investment advisory business. This is a strategically important area for our insurance partners and for this reason I’m delighted to appoint Punil to lead the team,” said Marcus Bowser. “As a renowned expert and thought leader on sustainable finance and investment, Punil will be a major asset as we continue to innovate and develop propositions that help our clients take advantage of emerging opportunities for profitable growth and invest for a more sustainable tomorrow.”

Prior to joining WTW, Punil led EY’s non-life capital and sustainable finance initiatives, working with major insurers to help develop their ESG strategy (across investments and underwriting) and capital modelling.


Canopius Group, a global specialty (re)insurer, announces the appointment of Charles Cooper as Global Head of Reinsurance and CEO of Canopius’s Bermudian entities. He will report to Canopius Group Chief Executive Officer Neil Robertson and will join the Canopius Group Leadership Team. Charles will join Canopius on September 1st, 2023.

Charles joins from AXA XL, where he most recently served as the Chief Executive for Reinsurance in Bermuda, a role he held since 2017. Charles has worked in the Bermudian reinsurance sector for nearly 20 years and is one of the island’s most respected and experienced senior executives. Charles will be tasked with driving Canopius’s global reinsurance business strategy. Building on solid foundations and benefiting from attractive market conditions in reinsurance, Charles will work with Canopius’s  teams of reinsurance professionals in Bermuda, London and Singapore to develop a more significant growth driver for the business.


HCA Healthcare UK has welcomed Luke Smith as Business Development Director in the Corporate Sales team, supporting the organisation’s ambitious plans for growth and building deeper relationships with intermediary partners. 

Joining from Nuffield Health, Luke brings over 17 years’ experience in corporate health and wellbeing. His appointment reflects HCA UK’s continued commitment to working collaboratively with intermediaries to develop bespoke and premium workplace health solutions for corporate clients. 


Zurich Insurance Group (“Zurich”) has announced key leadership appointments for its Asia Pacific Commercial Insurance business to
strengthen regional go-to-market capabilities and drive expansion in key Asian markets. Sean Walker has been appointed Head of Commercial Insurance & Chief Technical Officer, APAC, Liam Burrell will join Zurich as Head of Commercial Insurance, Asia, and Reginald Peacock has been appointed Head of Marketing Development for Zurich Resilience Solutions.

The newly appointed team will bring Zurich’s comprehensive risk management offerings and unrivalled network in Commercial Insurance to clients in the region, driving the effective regional and local delivery of Zurich’s global capabilities.


Markel has appointed a new head of construction underwriting UK, as it looks to grow its market share in the class and create a new specialist product and support services to mirror client needs. Martin Parker joins Markel from HSB Engineering Insurance and will report to Markel’s director of underwriting UK, Mark Plews.

Martin Parker joined HSB in February 2004. During his career with the company, he held senior positions in underwriting, operations and business development. His most recent role was head of digital trading where he helped create an e-trade proposition from scratch, incorporating product builds and team implementation, before taking overall responsibility for book profitability and strategic direction.

Martin Parker joins Markel to head up the construction product line which will form a significant part of Markel’s growth plans over the next five years. He will take overall responsibility for the construction product performance and ensuring Markel UK’s construction growth strategy aligns with its underwriting and profitability ambitions.


Compre, the Bermuda headquartered, international legacy group, announces the appointment of Daniel Fiehn as group chief operating officer, effective immediately.

He joins with more than 30 years of experience in operational, technology and leadership roles in global financial services. Reporting to group chief executive officer Will Bridger, Fiehn will be responsible for IT /data, change and facilities, with a particular focus on driving the use of technology and data across the business. This will include automation and data analytics to support Compre’s continued growth following its transformational SiriusPoint loss portfolio transfer, which completed earlier this month.

Fiehn previously served as COO at insurtech Incited and was group COO at Markerstudy Insurance Group before that. He has held several C-suite positions during his career and previous employers also include Aon, HBOS, LTSB and Sterling Insurance.


The Board of PPL has announced Steve Hearn as the new Chair of Placing Platform Limited, succeeding Bronek Masojada who will step down at the end of July. Bronek Masojada has served as Chair of PPL since March 2018.

Steve Hearn is a long-time industry leader in the London insurance market, having served most recently of as CEO of Inver Re.  He has previously also been CEO of Corant Global, Ed Broking, and Deputy CEO and President of Willis Group.  He has chaired both the London Market Group and Liiba, two key stakeholding organisations for PPL.

Bronek Masojada, outgoing Chair of the Board of Placing Platform Limited said:“It has been a privilege to Chair PPL, working with the market to drive adoption with volumes increasing from 12,000 contracts per annum to over 200,000, supporting the market through the pandemic and to the successful launch of the Next Gen platform.  I am delighted that such a hugely experienced and well-regarded industry figure as Steve Hearn is willing to step into the role of Chair, and he does so at a critical time for the industry, as we move towards becoming a fully digital marketplace.”

Steve Hearn, incoming Chair of the Board of Placing Platform Limited said:“Placing Platform Limited is a unique organisation, the largest digital provider for the London insurance market, non-profit making and owned by the people who use it. PPL exists to help deliver the right digital placement for London, and I am excited to work with CEO Joe Gordon and our market partners, Lloyd’s, the Associations, the Data Council and the Joint Venture; on creating the insurance market of the future – a market that will be better, faster and cheaper.”


Keoghs has announced it is strengthening its Complex Injury London team with the appointment of new partner, Phill Bratt.

Phill joins Keoghs from Weightmans, with over 12 years of experience, specialising in catastrophic personal injury claims which has seen him represent clients in some of the highest value personal injury cases. Having spent the majority of his career working on cases with maximum severity brain damage, tetraplegia and amputation injuries, Phill is a champion of rehabilitation and early intervention.

Keoghs Complex Injury division has grown exponentially over the last two years including with the arrival of partner, Catherine Kober, who joined from DWF in 2021. Catherine has built up the law firm’s presence in the London market, growing the team organically and through a number of strategic lateral hires.


Allianz has announced that Christian Sandric will join Allianz Commercial from AIG as Commercial Managing Director Asia in Singapore with effect from 1 September 2023, subject to regulatory approval. Mark Mitchell, the current Regional Managing Director for Asia for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS), will continue in his role until Christian Sandric joins, before stepping down to pursue opportunities outside Allianz Group.

Allianz Commercial Asia serves clients across this region, covering key markets such as China (including Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. In Asia, Allianz is targeting significant growth opportunities across the full Commercial segment which entails mid-sized companies, large multinational corporations and specialty business leveraging its extensive geographical network, enhanced digital capabilities and strong product and services portfolio which includes Multinational and Risk Consulting, as well as Global Industry and Alternative Risk Transfer solutions.


Specialist lending firm Somo Bridging has expanded its team once again with the appointment of a new Relationship Director and two new Underwriters.

The new starters join Somo’s growing team of Relationship Directors dedicated to every area of the country, as well as Refurbishment and Insolvency specialists. While James has been appointed as Relationship Director for the Midlands and East, Salman Ali and Harvey Wood have joined as Underwriters.


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