Goji, an independent online insurance agency based in Boston, said it plans to add some 115 new employees during the next 12 months. The firm also announced the appointment of Erin Barriere as vice president of Human Resources to oversee the hiring effort.
Prior to joining Goji, Barriere spent five years serving in executive human resources and talent acquisition roles at insurance firms including USI Insurance Services and Marsh and McLennan Companies. Barriere also spent more than a decade for human resources efforts at Monster.com, serving as vice president, Global Talent Acquisition and Human Resources.
Goji had approximately 300 workers as recently as one year ago but the number of employees has since declined to some 235 because of natural attrition in the call center, the firm said. Steve Kezirian, who joined Goji as its new CEO this past June, says the firm plans to resume growth with new hiring initiatives and increase the number of employees to 350 over the next year. He said Goji plans to add employees in every focus area of the business including sales (licensed insurance agents), marketing, technology and product.
Goji is also moving its Westborough, Massachusetts-based call center to a new, larger facility in Hudson, Massachusetts, this month. The new Hudson office will be home to many of Goji’s licensed insurance agents, along with new additions to the technology and management teams.
Goji, which changed its name from Consumer United last year, was established in 2007. It offers property/casualty insurance products including auto and homeowners. It currently partners with 16 carriers including Progressive, Travelers, Safeco, Esurance, 21st Century and Plymouth Rock. Goji is backed by private equity firms Spark Capital, Thayer Street Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, and Five Elms Capital. The firm’s services are offered in 41 states and as of last October, it served 300,000 customers.
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