Covéa Insurance appoints Chris Withers as Real Estate Leader

16th September 2014

Covéa Insurance has appointed Chris Withers as Real Estate Leader in a move designed to increase its impact and presence in the commercial property market. The intention is to use the strong foundations the company has built with its Property Owners product to expand into the real estate market and forms part of a wider business plan to grow the commercial portfolio.

Chris has a wealth of experience in this sector, having previously been Regional Director for RSA’s Property Investors Unit before joining Covéa Insurance. Using his previous experience and that of others within the team, Chris will operate across the UK and work with brokers to ensure that Covéa Insurance is recognised as a serious player in this market.

In addition Covéa Insurance has appointed Gareth Roberts as Senior Regional Underwriter (Real Estate) into their London office. Gareth joins from Axa and brings with him over ten years of Real Estate expertise to help Covéa Insurance target, win and retain portfolios of property owners business.

Simon Cooter, Commercial Lines Director commented:

"We’re serious about building on our existing capability in the Real Estate market. Both these appointments are designed to accelerate the growth of profitable business in this sector; Chris will drive activity through our regional offices as well as via delegated arrangements to ensure we trade the way brokers want. He will use his previous experience and that of others within our team to work with brokers to develop a proposition that will set us apart from our competitors. We are also delighted to have attracted Gareth to the team and his knowledge and expertise in this segment will mean he will make an immediate impact."

 

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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 17.4 billion Euros in premiums in 2019.  

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 were named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards.  They were also recipients of the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards, and the High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards.  They also received the Diversity Award at the British Insurance Awards.  They are currently shortlisted for 4 Insurance Times Awards.

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