London-based RSA has appointed James Gearey as managing director for Commercial Risk Solutions (CRS) from June 5, 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.
Gearey has spent the past nine years at Siemens Financial Services, most recently as chief executive, Commercial Finance UK and Nordics, “where he led the integration of the UK and Nordic businesses, centralizing operations, harmonizing processes and introducing common systems,” RSA said in a statement.
Before that, he was managing director of Commercial Finance UK at Siemens after joining from Aviva UK where he was director of partnerships in the general insurance business. He also held various leadership roles at General Electric, between 2002 and 2006, including GE Money Partnership Services and GE Insurance Solutions. Between 2000 and 2001 he was senior consultant for Accenture. Prior to that, he was sales executive and manager for Nichimen Europe (1993 to 1999).
At RSA, Gearey will report to Steve Lewis, UK & International CEO. Gearey takes over his new role from Jim Reeve, who has held the position of interim managing director of CRS since November 2016, when a new structure for commercial lines operations in the UK & International was put in place. Reeve leaves RSA at the end of June to pursue new opportunities.
“James is joining our newly created CRS business with a remit to enhance our operating and distribution effectiveness,” said Lewis. “He brings strong leadership and an impressive track record in managing commercial relationships and developing distribution channels….”
He went on to thank Reeve for his work at RSA during the past two years and “in particular for his leadership of the CRS team since November. I wish him the very best for the future.”
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