Carl succeeds retiring UK MD Michael Whitfield who will remain with CPP Group, taking a strategic consultancy role to support the growth of the insurance business of the Group. Carl has most recently worked as Managing Director of Voyager Insurance Services, the wholesale and retail broker, which also has a number of direct to consumer and direct to business insurance brands within its portfolio.
He has almost 30 years’ marketing, development and senior executive leadership experience within the insurance, assistance and financial services sectors. This includes a strong background in product innovation and diversification, where he has worked closely with existing and new brands to deepen commercial relationships and expand product lines.
CPP Group UK has acted as a start-up since launching in 2018, leading its operations from its headquarters in Leeds. In September 2019, it entered the insurance broker market and is continuing to establish its reputation as the ‘go-to ancillary insurance products and services provider in the UK’.
Completing process of integrating in the UK
Jason Walsh, CPP Group Chief Executive, said: “We began integrating our legacy and ongoing operations in the UK last year and Carl will help to complete that process, along with driving commercial aspirations in our home market.
“Carl brings an extensive knowledge of, and connections within, the insurance and wider financial services sector to CPP as well as a huge amount of business development and marketing experience.”
Carl added: “I am delighted to be joining CPP at a pivotal moment in the development of the UK operation. We have some exciting plans to drive the business forward and provide real value to our partners and their customers.
“The re-entry into the UK domestic market for new business since 2018 has seen good progress being made and we have a strong portfolio of insurance products and services which we’re planning to build on. This includes the portfolio of Blink Parametric, part of the wider CPP Group, which provides great opportunities for delay and disruption assistance for travellers.”
Recently, CPP Group decided to bring insurtech Blink’s operations under central management to further leverage its expertise in distribution and drive growth in the parametric product set, including travel disruption and business interruption solution.