General Insurance Article - Ageas strengthens its commercial lines team

Ageas announced today three new appointments to its commercial team, who will report to Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations. The appointments are a key component of a restructure designed to focus support to deliver the company’s organic growth plans. All the changes will be effective from 1 June 2015.

 Andrew Fletcher will join Ageas in June as Commercial Fleet Trading Manager. Based in Manchester, he will be responsible for growing the Fleet account, as a key strategic product line for Ageas’s Commercial proposition. Andrew joins Ageas from Endsleigh where he is currently Portfolio Manager. He brings with him 28 years experience of the industry; 22 of which were working for Groupama and then Ageas in various Motor underwriting roles.
 Beth Shaw will join Ageas on 26 May as Commercial Underwriting Manager – North, to take up the reins from Brenda Rickards, Business Services Manager, who will retire in June after 21 years of service. Beth will be based in the Manchester office and will be responsible for driving the development and trading of open market manual business for the North. Beth joins from Zurich where she spent 15 years in various underwriting roles.
 As part of the Commercial lines reorganisation, Allison Hughes will transfer from Ageas’s distribution team to take on the role of Commercial Digital Trading Manager responsible for delivering a key part of the company’s Commercial lines growth strategy by developing its digital trading capability for its SME products.
 The teams will focus on three key areas:
 Digital Trading will be crucial to the way Ageas does business with brokers. Led by Allison the team will focus on the brokers’ digital journey. In the spotlight will be the delivery of an enhanced user experience on the website, products designed to be placed digitally, supported by simplified sales processes;
 The Open Market manual traded business team (that includes Fleet) will be split in two. Beth will lead the Manchester based team, supporting brokers based in the North and Janine Hann will become Commercial Underwriting Manager – South and will lead the Gloucester based team with a regional trading focus on brokers based in the South;
 Schemes will continue to be led by David Bailey to provide the specialist expertise and experience that Ageas has built in this area to support businesses with non-standard requirements.
 The restructure is designed to provide brokers with the personal touch approach Ageas is known for, backed-up with award-winning service and agility to place non-standard business.
 Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial underwriting and operations said:
 “Andrew, Beth and Allison have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which combined with the existing expertise, provides a really strong team to confidently drive our Commercial lines business forward. I’m looking forward to working with them to deliver against the targets for organic growth in the UK Commercial lines market, with a particular focus on the SME and fleet sector. Expanding the digital team means we can respond promptly to broker enquiries to save them time, money and to increase their revenue stream. We are open for business and have some innovative plans to deliver in the future.”  

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