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Bupa Announces Appointment Of James Lenton As Group CFO

Bupa has announced that James Lenton will become Bupa’s new Group Chief Financial Officer, subject to regulatory approval.

In his previous role, James was CFO of Hammerson plc, a FTSE 250 owner and manager of properties with a European portfolio. James will join Bupa later this year, and Martin Potkins will continue as Interim CFO until then.

Prior to Hammerson, James was both CFO, and a board member of AIG’s European Group, a position he held for four years, delivering new profitability and financing strategies. Earlier in his career he was a Partner at EY providing a range of assurance and advisory services including M&A, financing and external audit. His clients included FTSE 100 companies and financial services groups.

Iñaki Ereño, Group CEO, Bupa said, “I’m very pleased to welcome James to Bupa later in 2021. He brings a diverse range of experiences to the role, including an excellent track record of managing complex organisations through periods of transformation.”

James said, “I’m delighted to be joining Bupa at this exciting time in its journey, and I look forward to supporting Iñaki to position the organisation for continued success in the future.”


National Friendly Appoints New Head Of Risk & Compliance

National Friendly, the Bristol-based mutual society, has appointed Lisa de-Laune as the new Head of Risk & Compliance. With over 20 years’ industry experience, specialising in risk and assurance, Lisa will be responsible for shaping the vision and strategy of the risk and compliance function.

Prior to joining National Friendly, Lisa has led risk, internal control, internal audit and change functions across financial services, predominantly insurance and banking. As part of the Executive Team, Lisa will play a key role in reinforcing National Friendly’s commitment to fair customer outcomes and delivering effective risk management and compliance oversight.

Lisa commented, “It is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the National Friendly team, with new products being launched and new partnerships being created. It is clear that customers are at the heart of everything National Friendly does and to see the genuine passion for delivering the right product for its customers is inspiring.

“As the insurance industry as a whole faces new regulation and complexities, National Friendly has made a clear commitment to ensure a sound system of internal control is in place to manage and monitor risk and compliance. I look forward to working closely with the team and supporting National Friendly as it evolves and expands on current opportunities.”

Jonathan Long, Chief Executive Officer at National Friendly, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lisa to National Friendly, which demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering the best possible customer journeys and outcomes.

“National Friendly has plans to launch a number of innovative products over the next year, into both emerging and existing markets. Lisa’s extensive experience will play a key role in bringing these new products to market, ensuring that we are fully compliant with new regulations and meeting consumer needs.”


New International Structure At Crawford & Company®

Crawford & Company, has revealed its new international management structure, with a fully aligned ‘G6’ executive team and shared services leadership in place.

Crawford International’s new management structure is as follows: G6—Andrew Bart, CEO, Asia Pacific; John Jenner, commercial director, International; Clive Nicholls, CEO, UK & Ireland; Stephen Pearsall, finance director, International; Kieran Rigby, CEO, Europe & Latin America; and Pat Van Bakel, CEO, Canada. International Shared Services—Benedict Burke, chief client officer, International; Phil Churchman, chief information officer, International; Pauline Holroyd, vice president of human resources, International; Mike Jones, chief operating officer, UK & Ireland; and Chris Pinney, general counsel, International.

The G6 team reports to Ian Muress, executive vice president and chief executive officer (CEO), International, and comprises regional and country CEOs from the organisation’s largest collective operations around the world. Aligned with the G6 team are five heads of the international operation’s shared services functions in client management, general counsel, technology, human resources and commercial operations.

“As Crawford® clients and stakeholders are aware, the Company has made considerable efforts in recent months to simplify its global structure and provide an increasingly competitive service to the market,” Muress said. “The new structure ensures that each aspect of our international business is fully represented at executive level, enabling rapid decision-making and tactical implementation up and down the chain of command.”

“The way I often describe the global capabilities of Crawford is that we ‘join the dots.’ We are a cohesive, joined-up organisation at both a local and global level. This is viewed as a key advantage by clients across the board, from insurance companies through to Fortune 500® companies. In an increasingly interconnected world, we are able to maintain our position as a truly global provider.”



Bupa Chief Legal Officer Announces Plan To Retire

Bupa announced the intention of Chief Legal Officer Paul Newton to retire at the end of the year, after 29 years of service. 

Paul joined Bupa as a legal adviser in 1987. He became Bupa’s General Counsel in 2005 and joined the Bupa Executive Team in 2013.  

Stuart Fletcher CEO Bupa paid tribute to Paul’s contribution and commitment to the organisation.  

"Whilst I'm personally very sorry to be losing Paul from the company and the Bupa Executive Team I fully understand and respect his decision to retire following 29 years of outstanding service. 

"Paul has built our Legal function into an externally recognised world-class team. I value his counsel, experience and contribution immensely.  He has been a true champion of Bupa’s values and purpose and has played a key role in the development of many long-term careers at Bupa. His deep commitment to growing others has enabled us to set a standard for leadership across the global Legal function that few organisations can match.   The appointment of Penny as Paul's successor is evidence of the effective talent management framework we have established."

Penny Dudley, currently Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Bupa Global Market Unit, will succeed Paul and be appointed Chief Legal Officer from 1 April 2016.  She will also join the Executive Team from the same date.  

Penny joined Bupa in 2010 as a Head of Legal for Bupa's international health insurance business and has held a number of roles within the organisation before being appointed Legal Director for Bupa Global in May 2013.  

Paul will remain a member of the Bupa Executive Team ahead of his retirement and will work closely with Penny during the transition period, acting as Bupa’s General Counsel and leading a number of specific significant business projects.


Generali Global Health Boosts Senior Team With New Hires

Leading international private medical insurer, Generali Global Health (GGH) announces three appointments in a boost to the company’s senior team. Jamie Marshall joins as Chief Technical Officer, Paul Tidy as Chief Operating Officer and Paul Winstanley as Head of Business Development.

Jamie Marshall takes on responsibility for underwriting, pricing and portfolio governance and joins from Mercer Marsh Benefits where he was a Principal and Head of Actuarial in the Accident & Health practice. Jamie has a wealth of experience, including 13 years of pricing and modelling within the healthcare benefits sector. Before Mercer, Jamie held actuarial roles with Unum, RoyalSun Alliance and Protea Life, and is currently the chairman of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Health and Care board. 

Paul Tidy will lead the development of GGH’s operational and service capabilities focusing on operations, information systems, transformation, insurance and health regulations and compliance. Paul joins from Bupa Global where he spent 19 years in a variety of roles including Head of Operational Development in the UK and Head of Customer Service Strategy. Before Bupa, Paul worked for Norwich Union (Aviva) and was commissioned in the UK Army.  

Paul Winstanley joins to lead and build the global business development function across Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia. Having previously been Head of Global Corporate at BUPA Global, Paul comes with a proven track record of intermediated sales to the corporate sector. 

Head of Generali Global Health, Marco Giacomelli commented “We are delighted to welcome such an experienced team to GGH as we look to rapidly develop the business across key expatriate locations. All three are proven in their fields and provide the GGH business with a real depth of expertise in the international private medical insurance sector.”


iJET International Appoints Robert Oatman Chairman of Security Intelligence Advisory Board

iJET International, Inc. have announced the appointment of a new chairman to its Security Intelligence Advisory Board, Robert “Bob” Oatman.

Oatman has served on iJET’s Advisory Board since 2002, and will now assume the role of chairman, where he will oversee the operations of the 14-member group. The announcement comes on the heels of Oatman also being named chair of the Executive Protection Council for ASIS International.

“Bob is an outstanding member of the iJET team. His counsel and leadership over the years have proven to be an invaluable asset to the board,” said iJET CEO, Bruce McIndoe. “This, combined with his wealth of expertise and industry-leading knowledge in the field of executive protection and security made him the natural choice for the position, and we are thrilled to have him at the helm as we continue to grow and strengthen our global footprint.”

Comprised of seasoned security, intelligence and health advisors with an abundance of senior and executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, iJET’s 14-member Advisory Board provides insight into evolving security and health threats and situations around the world as well as counsel to clients, the iJET executive team and more.

“It’s truly an honor to be named chairman of iJET’s Advisory Board, which includes some of the most distinguished and accomplished individuals I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the course my career,” said Oatman. “It has been an incredible experience to serve as a member of the board for almost 14 years, and I look forward to leading the board as we work together to support iJET’s strategic development and growth now and in the future.”

Robert L. Oatman, a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) is one of the preeminent providers of executive protection. His firm, R.L. Oatman & Associates, Inc., has provided executive protection risk assessments, consultation, operations, and training around the world since 1989. The firm specializes in developing detailed protection plans for the top executives of Fortune 500 companies in addition to private families, and operates an executive protection school near its headquarters in Towson, MD.

His experience includes overseas executive protection service to NBC during the Olympics in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000. He served as director of Protective Operations at Limited Brands, Inc. from1992-1997, and continued to serve that company as a protective consultant until 2004. Previously, he served with the Baltimore County P.D. retiring as a Major, Chief of Detectives.

Oatman is also the author of Executive Protection: Smarter.Faster.Better (American Literary Press 2015), Executive Protection: Rising to the Challenge, (ASIS Inter. 2009), Executive Protection: New Solutions for a New Era, (Noble House 2006), The Art of Executive Protection, (Noble House 1997).

He holds a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Federal Executive Institute. In 2003, he received the FBI Director's Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest and in 2010, was presented the ASIS International President's Award of Merit at the ASIS International Convention in Dallas, Texas.


Starr Companies Appoints Jason Jenkins Head Of General Aviation, Major Risks

Starr Companies is pleased to announce that it has appointed Jason Jenkins as Head of General Aviation, Major Risks. Jason will lead the team and oversee the day-to-day activities as the group continues to grow as a lead market for Major General Aviation Risks, both fixed and rotor wing.

Jason has 25 years of underwriting experience within the General Aviation market, with Insurance Companies as well as Lloyds of London.

“Jason is a well-regarded underwriter with strong relationships with agencies and aircraft operators throughout the world,” says Steve Blakey, Chief Executive Officer for Starr Underwriting Agents Limited. “We are pleased to welcome him to Starr at this exciting time.”

Jason will report to Jim Herbert, Chief Underwriting Officer for International Aviation and will be based in London.

Starr Companies (or Starr) is the worldwide marketing name for the operating insurance and travel assistance companies and subsidiaries of Starr International Company, Inc. and for the investment business of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and its subsidiaries. Starr is a leading insurance and investment organization with a presence on five continents; through its operating insurance companies, Starr provides property, casualty, and accident & health insurance products as well as a range of specialty coverages including aviation, marine, energy and excess casualty insurance. Starr’s insurance company subsidiaries domiciled in the U.S., Bermuda, Hong Kong and Singapore each have an A.M. Best rating of “A” (Excellent). Starr’s Lloyd’s syndicate has a Standard & Poor’s rating of “A+” (Strong). Starr’s insurance company subsidiary domiciled in China has an A.M. Best rating of “A-” (Excellent).

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Pablo Moreno Appointed Group Executive VP Travel Global Business Line Europ Assistance

Pablo Moreno has been appointed as Group Executive VP Travel Global Business Line since December 1st.

He is member of Sales Board, Travel Steer Co & ExCom and reports directly to Pierre Brigadeau.
Pablo joined Europ Assistance Spain in 2005 as the Head of Commercial and Marketing. He previously had an experience in Corporate Banking at Banco de Sabadell Spain before becoming the Head of Client Management at American Express Spain.
Pablo Moreno has a Bachelor in Economics (Complutense University).

PA Group Named Charles Jorge New President

PA Group, Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd., announced the appointment of Charles Jorge, who served as PA Group’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, as its new President and the transition of current President, Leonardo L. Cornide, to the position of Chairman of the Board.

“We are at a stage in our company’s growth where we need to scale our efforts and increase our global expertise. We believe that Charles Jorge has the appropriate skills and vision to take our company to the next level,” said Leonardo L. Cornide.

Before joining PA Group, Charles Jorge was President at Worldwide Medical Assurance Ltd., an international insurance and reinsurance company headquartered in Panama. Prior to this position, he led, as VP of Sales and Marketing, the Life Division of American Fidelity Assurance, an “A+” rated company by A.M. Best since 1982.  In addition, Mr. Jorge also has well-documented success with Pan American Life Insurance Company, based at the company’s headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. Charles Jorge brings 26 years of prominent industry experience to PA Group.

“I am privileged to accept this opportunity to lead the talented team of executives heading PA Group’s different operating divisions. I am committed to see this company grow and reach its full potential and continued global expansion,” said Charles, who joined PA Group in May 2014, and oversaw the company’s revamping of its business development team and its successful expansion in Latin America.

PA Group’s new appointed chairman, Leonardo L. Cornide, expressed confidence in the company’s decision to name Charles as his successor. "Charlie is a remarkable leader who has been responsible for a great portion of our success over the past 19 months," said Cornide. “We are delighted that he has accepted the position." Leonardo concluded, “I'm confident Charlie will ensure that PA Group continues to make its name in the market, becoming a leader in providing global insurance and international financial services.”

Mr. Jorge holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a LIMRA Leadership Institute Fellow (LLIF) designation, completed at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Charles has distinguished himself as an industry leader serving on several boards and councils for industry trade associations such as LOMA and LIMRA, among others.


Bupa Appoints Simon Blair And Janet Voûte As Board Directors

Bupa announces the appointment of Simon Blair and Janet Voûte to its Board as non-executive directors.

Simon joins the Board following an extensive career in Australia and New Zealand, a key market for Bupa. Most recently, Simon was Group Executive International Financial Services for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Prior to this, his roles included Chief Operating Officer at Australian health insurer, Medibank, Lead Health Specialist for the World Bank, and CEO of Australia’s largest public hospital group. Simon also holds a number of other non-executive positions.

Janet is currently Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé SA and Chairman of the Creating Shared Value Council focusing on nutrition, water and rural development. Previously she served as Partnership Advisor at the World Health Organisation in the area of non-communicable diseases and mental health. Janet also spent eight years as the CEO of the World Heart Federation. Her early career was in management consulting including at The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company, where her final position was Vice President and Partner.

Lord Leitch, Chairman of Bupa, said, “We are delighted to welcome Simon and Janet to the Board. Their international experience and understanding of the insurance and healthcare sectors complements the skill-set of existing Board members. We look forward to benefitting from their expertise as we seek to make a positive impact on the health of millions more people around the world."

Simon and Janet will join the Bupa Board on 12 January 2016.

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