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MS Amlin appoints COO and chief people officer

May 24, 2018

MS Amlin has strengthened its senior leadership team with two new executive appointments.

Simon Smith will join the carrier as COO in July, having spent the last decade at Willis Towers Watson in a number of senior operations positions, most recently serving as CEO of its global solutions and delivery business. Prior to that, he was Asia Pacific COO for the broker and began his career at GE.

Meanwhile, Vivian Leinster has been named chief people officer and will be responsible for MS Amlin’s HR function. She moves over from Bupa UK where she served as people director since 2014. Before that, she spent 10 years in the HR division at BT.

The appointments come as MS Amlin CEO Simon Beale looks to reposition the business for the long term after taking the helm of the carrier in April following the retirement of Charles Philipps.

The carrier said that the two new hires will “support the momentum behind programme of change”.

Beale commented: “I am delighted to welcome Simon and Vivian to MS Amlin. The hires demonstrate our ability to attract leading industry talent and their wealth of experience and proven ability in successfully implementing change will be invaluable as we embark on an exciting new chapter in our history.

“I am confident they will both make a significant contribution to the programme of initiatives underway as we build a modern, relevant business with a sustainable and profitable long-term future. I look forward to working with them both as we move forward with our plans for MS Amlin."