Merging of CRS and GRS to create unified RSA commercial lines division

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RSA merges CRS and GRS to create unified commercial division 

RSA UK and International has merged its Commercial Risk Solutions (CRS) and Global Risk Solutions (GRS) businesses to create a single business unit focused on commercial lines.

Rob Gibbs, currently managing director of CRS, takes up the role of MD, RSA Commercial Lines with immediate effect. Tony Buckle, currently MD of GRS, will leave RSA after a handover period.

RSA’s UK and International commercial division currently operates as two separate businesses, CRS focusing on UK domestic risks and delegated market authorities and GRS handling multinational corporate clients, specialty business written via the London Market and RSA’s European branches.

Rob Gibbs (seated at a window, RSA London office)
Rob Gibbs takes up the role of MD of RSA's new merged commercial lines division with immediate effect.

The merger creates a unified division with oversight of all commercial risks written through the broker market or delegated authorities, simplifying processes for customers and brokers and reducing duplication.

Scott Egan, chief executive of RSA UK and International, said:

“We’ve made a number of changes to our UK business over the past 12 months. The creation of single commercial lines business reflects our intent to be a more customer focused, simpler organisation.”
Rob is an experienced leader with a fantastic track record of delivery and a deep understanding of the commercial insurance market. I’m delighted he will be taking on this role. Sincere thanks are due to Tony for the hard work he has put into both serving our customers and brokers and reshaping the GRS business since he joined us in 2018.”

Rob Gibbs added:

“RSA’s commercial insurance offer is well respected in the market for its customer focus and expertise. I am looking forward to building on those strong foundations to deliver even better customer and shareholder value.”

The merger of the commercial division comes after RSA significantly reduced its London Market and specialty risk portfolios. Gibbs’ appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

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Notes to editors

Rob Gibbs's career history (RSA)

  • Managing director, RSA Commercial Lines, Sep 2019—present
  • Managing director, Commercial Risk Solutions, Dec 2017—Sep 2019
  • Motability director, Aug 2014—Dec 2017
  • Director, Regions South, UK Commercial, Feb 2013—Aug 2014
  • Profitability and strategy director, UK Mid-market, Jul 2010—Feb 2013
  • Underwriting development manager, Emerging markets, Sep 2007—Jun 2010
  • New business manager, RSA Corporate, Apr 2004—Sep 2007.