Covéa appoints new Managing Director for Personal Lines & Protection

6th October 2020

Covéa Insurance is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gearey to the position of Managing Director, Personal Lines & Protection. In his new role, James will be accountable for all the company’s consumer-focused products, including Motor, Home, Pet, Income Protection, Personal Accident and Life insurance.  In addition, he will continue to lead the expansion of the company’s distribution strategy, with a specific focus on building new partnerships in the FinTech and Affinity markets.  

James joined Covéa in April 2019 as Corporate Development & Strategy Director, prior to which he held senior positions with a variety of financial services organisations, most latterly as RSA’s Managing Director of Commercial Risk Solutions.

Speaking about the new appointment, James Reader, Chief Executive, said:

“James has already made a significant contribution to Covéa Insurance since joining the team last year.  I’m delighted that he’s now taking on this expanded role and excited to continue to work with him to drive our business forward.”

James Gearey comments:

"Covéa has set itself an exciting and progressive strategy; the remit of this new role enables us to deliver on that strategy, and is supported by the significant investment we are making in our digital transformation. I am delighted to be trusted with this responsibility and, with my team, look forward to playing our part in building our future success."




About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels.

Employing over 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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