Evans to Succeed Thoresen as ABI Director General

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) announced that Huw Evans will succeed Otto Thoresen as Director General in February 2015, as Thoresen will assume the chairmanship of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

ABI chairman, Paul Evans, said: “On behalf of the ABI Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Otto for his dedication, resolve and for all that he has achieved for the ABI and its members over the last four years. His appointment by the Department of Work and Pensions to the chairmanship of NEST is a wonderful testament to Otto’s high standing across both industry and Government.

“The Board were unanimous in their support for Huw’s succession, noting the key role he has played in driving the policy agenda, but also in his determination to enhance further the efficiency and effectiveness of the ABI. Having worked closely with Huw over recent years, I am confident that his personal energy, his knowledge of this industry, and his strong focus on both member and customer outcomes, will provide for excellent stewardship for the ABI over the coming years.”

Evans pointed out that the “current environment of high levels of regulatory and legislative change across the insurance sector, the need for an effective trade body is greater than ever – there is huge value to be gained from collaborative efforts on key policy issues. My experience of working with ABI members on issues as varied as Flood Re, pension reform and the ageing society has shown me the power and potential of what we can achieve as an industry when we work together.”

Thoresen said: “It has been a privilege to lead the ABI during a critical point in its evolution. While it will be a personal wrench to leave the organization, the opportunity to Chair the trustee board of NEST at a key stage in the delivery of pension reform was an opportunity I couldn’t pass by. The role also gives me the scope to develop some of my other interests, in the third sector and elsewhere.”

Source: Association of British Insurers (ABI)