New RSA commercial risk solutions head announced

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James Gearey to join RSA commercial risk solutions (CRS) as new managing director from Siemens Financial Services

RSA, one of the UK's largest commercial insurers, has appointed James Gearey as managing director of RSA CRS, effective 5 June 2017 and subject to regulatory approval.

James 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, centralising operations, harmonising processes and introducing common systems. 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.

James Gearey, head and shoulders. Copyright RSA
James Gearey (above) will take over permanently as managing director of RSA's commercial risk solutions business from 5 June 2017, subject to regulatory approval.

At RSA, James will report to Steve Lewis, UK & international CEO.

He takes over from Jim Reeve, who has held the position of interim MD of CRS since November 2016, when a new structure for commercial lines operations in RSA's UK & International was put in place. 

Steve Lewis said:

“James is joining our newly created CRS business with a remit to enhance our operating and distribution effectiveness. He brings strong leadership and an impressive track record in managing commercial relationships and developing distribution channels, and I’m pleased to welcome him to RSA.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Reeve for his tremendous work during the past two years at RSA and in particular for his leadership of the CRS team since November. I wish him the very best for the future.”

James said:

“I’m delighted to be joining CRS at this time, when it is early in its development having established a firm footing and with great teams in place. CRS is well-positioned to grow in a challenging market, with a strong underwriting proposition, and products and services that meet the needs of customers and brokers, and of course much scope to enhance and grow our offering.”

—ENDS—

Notes to editors

James Gearey biography

  • 2009–Present:  Chief executive, commercial finance UK and Nordics, Siemens Financial Services
  • 2008–2009:  Managing director, commercial finance UK, Siemens Financial Services
  • 2006–2008:  Director of partnerships, Aviva UK
  • 2002–2006:  Various leadership roles at General Electric including GE Money Partnership Services and GE Insurance Solutions,
  • 2000–2001:  Senior consultant, Accenture
  • 1993–1999:  Sales executive and manager, Nichimen Europe

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