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RSA Taps Swiss Re’s Buckle to Lead Global Risk Solutions; Gibbs Promoted to Head Commercial Risk Solutions

RSA’s UK & International business has appointed Tony Buckle and Rob Gibbs as managing directors of Global Risk Solutions (GRS) and Commercial Risk Solutions (CRS), respectively.

Tony Buckle will join RSA on Feb. 1, 2018 to head up GRS, which provides wholesale and specialty insurance solutions to large and multinational customers through RSA’s operations in the UK, Europe and Dubai International Financial Centre.

Buckle joins RSA from Swiss Re, where he led its Global Engineering business from 2006-2013 and its Europe, Middle East and Africa Corporate Solutions business until mid-2017. As CEO of EMEA at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, he drove profitable local development of the business across the region. He brings with him a strong understanding of specialty lines, notably engineering and construction, as well as marine, agriculture and weather.

Rob Gibbs has been appointed managing director of CRS, which develops insurance solutions for UK-based commercial customers and includes RSA’s partnership with Motability. (RSA has had a 22-year partnership with Motability Operations as the insurer of motor policies for Motability’s 600,000-plus disabled customers, who get government funding to lease cars, scooters or powered wheelchairs).

Gibbs joined RSA as a graduate in 1998, and has worked for two decades across underwriting, strategy, mid-market regions and emerging markets. From 2014 to December 2017, Gibbs led the Motability business, responsible for end-to-end insurance operations, and achieving world-class customer service standards and indemnity performance.

Buckle and Gibbs will both report to Steve Lewis, CEO RSA UK & International, and join the UK executive board. These appointments are subject to regulatory approval.

Buckle brings “a strong pedigree of leadership and managing specialist commercial relationships. We will benefit across our sector specialisms and branches from his expertise and track record in driving operating and distribution effectiveness, and profitable growth,” said Lewis.

“Rob has been an influential leader within RSA’s commercial operations, most recently as director of our Motability partnership, which has gone from strength to strength under his management,” Lewis added. “He has a fantastic track record for delivering growth and building strategic long-term partnerships, and brings a deep understanding of the UK commercial insurance market to this new role.”

Source: RSA Insurance