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Tony Buckle and Rob Gibbs to lead RSA UK & International commercial businesses

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RSA’s UK & International business has appointed Tony Buckle and Rob Gibbs as managing directors of Global Risk Solutions (GRS) and Commercial Risk Solutions (CRS), respectively...

Tony Buckle will join RSA on 1 February 2018 to head up GRS, which provides wholesale and specialty insurance solutions to large and multinational customers through RSA’s operations in the UK, Europe and Dubai International Financial Centre.


Buckle joins RSA from Swiss Re, where he led its Global Engineering business from 2006-2013 and its Europe, Middle East and Africa Corporate Solutions business until mid-2017. As CEO of EMEA at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, he drove profitable local development of the business across the region. He brings with him a strong understanding of specialty lines, notably engineering and construction, as well as marine, agriculture and weather.


Rob Gibbs has been appointed managing director of CRS, which develops insurance solutions for UK-based commercial customers and includes RSA’s successful partnership with Motability. Rob joined RSA as a graduate in 1998, and has built up two decades of experience working across underwriting, strategy, mid-market regions and emerging markets. From 2014 to December 2017, Rob led the Motability business, responsible for end-to-end insurance operations, and achieving world-class customer service standards and indemnity performance.


Tony and Rob will both report to Steve Lewis, CEO RSA UK & International, and join the UK executive board. These appointments are subject to regulatory approval.


Steve Lewis, CEO UK & International, RSA, said: “I am delighted to welcome Tony to the team. He joins us at a pivotal moment in our journey to best in class, and brings with him a strong pedigree of leadership and managing specialist commercial relationships. We will benefit across our sector specialisms and branches from his expertise and track record in driving operating and distribution effectiveness, and profitable growth.


“Rob has been an influential leader within RSA’s commercial operations, most recently as director of our Motability partnership, which has gone from strength to strength under his management. He has a fantastic track record for delivering growth and building strategic long-term partnerships, and brings a deep understanding of the UK commercial insurance market to this new role. I’m very pleased to welcome Rob to the UK & International executive team.


“These appointments add strength and depth of experience to our business and leadership as we support our customers to adapt and respond to a changing risk landscape.”


Tony Buckle said: "I am delighted to be joining RSA. In a challenging market, RSA has the experience, focus and expertise to deliver truly world class and unique solutions to its clients. I am thoroughly looking forward to contributing to the next phase of the RSA story."


Rob Gibbs said: “I am excited to be taking the helm at CRS and making sure our focus on developing strong long-term relationships with brokers, partners and customers continues to grow and evolve with the market. To ensure our fantastic team is equipped to deliver the best products and service out there, we’ll be continuing to invest in new technology, tools and refreshed propositions underpinned by a strong level of capability.”


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