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CII appoints Aston Lark CEO as president

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CII appoints Aston Lark CEO as president

The Chartered Insurance Institute has appointed Aston Lark’s chief executive officer Peter Blanc as president for 2022.

During the annual general meeting held yesterday (June 30), it was confirmed that Blanc would take over as president and chairman of the president’s forum on January 1, 2022.

Blanc currently leads insurance broker Aston Lark and oversees more than 1,500 staff across 53 locations in the UK and Ireland. 

He is non-executive chairman of Hastings Insurance Services, the broker arm of Hastings Direct, and up until recently served as chairman of the large brokers’ advisory board at the British Insurance Brokers Association.

In the coming months he will work closely with current CII president and CEO of Aon UK, Julie Page, on the transition.

Page was instrumental in establishing the CII president’s forum, which was created earlier this year to explore new and emerging risks and ways the insurance profession can address the needs of consumers.

Blanc said: “The pandemic has shone a light on how important it is to have insurance solutions that can keep businesses going, so I look forward to becoming president of the CII in 2022 and continuing the professional body’s amazing work to examine ways to close the gap between what consumers expect insurance services to entail and the reality.

“As a profession it is vital that we get to grips with the cause of the expectation gap and how to better educate consumers around coverage. Having cover in place is essential if our customers are to do and achieve more in the years to come.”

Also at the CII’s AGM, Russell Higginbotham was appointed to the role of deputy president.

Higginbotham was appointed as Swiss Re’s CEO of Reinsurance Asia and regional president on July 8, 2019.

Sian Fisher, CEO of the CII, said: “I would like to thank Julie for her excellent, continuing work as president during these challenging times and for her focus on establishing the president’s forum and ways our profession can address unmet needs.

 “I look forward to working closely with Peter as our new president in 2022 and look forward to working with him on how our profession can adapt, evolve and innovate our products and services in order to maintain the importance and relevance of insurance to the customers it serves.”

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