RSA, announced that Derek Walsh, group general counsel, company secretary and global broker relationship director, has decided to leave RSA at the end of February after five and half years.
In response to Walsh’s departure, RSA said that Jon Hancock will be responsible for RSA’s relationship with key global insurance brokers in addition to his current role as managing director commercial (a position he has held since July 2011), Hancock has worked with RSA for over 25 years in a variety of roles in both commercial and personal lines across underwriting, claims, sales and leadership positions, in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.
In addition, Charlotte Heiss has been appointed chief legal officer and company secretary. She will join the group executive team and report to chief executive, Stephen Hester.
She is currently the head of group legal at RSA, leading a team of lawyers in RSA’s head office and across its emerging markets businesses. She joined RSA as legal counsel in 2010 from Linklaters LLP and was promoted to head of group legal in 2011.
Group chief risk officer, William McDonnell, will assume responsibility for the compliance function.
Stephen Hester, group chief executive said:
“Derek has helped steer RSA through challenging times and has been a terrific adviser to the board and the company during the last five and a half years. We are grateful to him for his support and service. He will be missed and we wish him every success in the future.”
Martin Scicluna, RSA chairman commented:
“On behalf of the board I would like to thank Derek for his contribution and guidance since 2010. He has provided wise counsel to me and my colleagues on the board and he leaves with our strong appreciation and gratitude.”
Heiss’ appointment is subject to regulatory approval.