Insurance transitions for August

Check out the latest movements and transitions within the industry this month.

JLT appoints new head for Queensland business

Paul French, respected broker and industry leader, will join JLT in October 2017, as the State Executive for Queensland including the Queensland Corporate Risk team and Far North Queensland (FNQ) businesses.

French said, “I am looking forward to be part of a strong and continually growing organisation such as JLT. Queensland is a dynamic business environment, with so many positives to be harnessed, and it’s these unique opportunities which will allow me to continue to build JLT’s strong local foot print in this area. I’m excited about the new opportunities ahead”.

Paul comes to JLT from Willis Towers Watson with extensive industry experience, particularly in corporate risk, having successfully managed the Willis Queensland business for the past 10 years.

“We are delighted to welcome Paul on board. He is a strong business leader with an established track record of delivering outstanding client success,” said Nick Harris, Deputy CEO, Australia & New Zealand.

“One of the great things about JLT is not only do we continue to attract the very best people in the industry, but we are also committed to acknowledging and promoting existing high calibre colleagues from within. It is this combination which supports JLT to continually strengthen our business, delight our clients and continue our journey to becoming the leading Global Specialty Risk Adviser and Broker.”

SSP appoints new CEO

SSP has appointed Steve Lathrope as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and SSP co-founder Laurence Walker, who has been leading the company since 2007, will resume the position of Executive Chairman.

Lathrope said:“This is an exciting time for SSP and I’m delighted to be moving into the CEO role. The whole SSP team is proud of the role we play in supporting the business operations of our 1,000+ customers worldwide. My focus as CEO will be to continue to raise the bar with regard to the service we provide day-to-day, and the contribution we make to our customers’ innovation and growth.

“The pace of change in the insurance industry continues to increase, and the role of technology is more significant than ever. The investment we have been making in SSP’s software products and services is now being realised through the unique solutions we’re providing to our new and existing customers — including our new SSP digital insurance platform and recently launched SSP Broking.”

Lathrope joined SSP in 2011 as Managing Director of the Insurer Division, with responsibility for more than 120 insurance company and MGA customers worldwide. Ahead of his appointment to the role of CEO, he was promoted to Chief Customer Officer and then latterly Group Managing Director. Before joining SSP, Steve spent 19 years with Accenture as a partner in the global Insurance practice, consulting with a wide range of insurance companies in the UK and globally and advising on business and technology change.

Laurence Walker said:“Steve’s recruitment to SSP was a key part of our succession plan. I’m delighted by the development and growth he has helped our team deliver on the Insurer side of the business, and the role he has played in the wider business as Chief Customer Officer and Group Managing Director. I look forward to working with him as our new CEO, and to realising the full potential of SSP.

“We are 100% focused on our mission to be the best insurance software provider in the market. Under Steve’s leadership we will continue to enhance our products and services, put customers at the heart of what we do, and deliver our overall strategic plan.”