January 07, 2020
UK Chartered Insurance broker Aston Lark announced the appointments of Robert Kennedy as chief executive officer Ireland (CEO) and Mark Nolan as chief financial officer Ireland (CFO) following the recent acquisition of Wright Insurance Brokers and Robertson Low, effective March 2020, subject to regulatory approval.
Kennedy joins from Aviva Ireland where he held the position of head of sales and distribution and led the development of Aviva’s broker business for the last six years. Prior to Aviva he held senior roles at both Aon and RSA.
Nolan joins Aston Lark from AA Ireland where he served as financial controller. He previously worked for Deloitte, Quotedevil ltd and Pembroke Insurance as financial controller and brings a strong background in audit specialising in insurance and banking.
Both Kennedy and Nolan will join the boards of Robertson Low and Wright Insurance Brokers.
Robertson Low’s current managing director, Andy Low will move into the role of executive chairman and the founders of Wright Insurance Brokers, Tony Wright and Breda Wright, will remain on the company’s board.
Peter Blanc, group CEO Aston Lark said: “I look forward to welcoming Robert and Mark to the team to help drive our ambition for growth. They will both bring their extensive leadership experience to bear as we look to fulfil our potential in Ireland. This is an important stage in Aston Lark’s development plans to create the leading quality independent insurance broking business in Ireland.”
Kennedy added: “I am delighted to be joining Aston Lark to build on the fantastic work of Andy Low, Tony Wright and Breda Wright. I am in the enviable position of having a great team already in place and I look forward to working with the team to realise Aston Lark’s ambition for Ireland through a combination of organic growth and acquiring like-minded brokers.”