Specialty insurer and reinsurer Canopius Group has announced the appointment of Neil Robertson as Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective May 4th, 2021.
In his new role, Robertson will report to Michael Watson, Group Chairman and CEO, who is expected to continue to serve as Chairman after a suitable transition period, with Robertson assuming the role of Group CEO.
He brings extensive industry experience to the firm with a background in underwriting and executive management, with a career in the London insurance industry spanning more than three decades.
Robertson joins Canopius from AXA XL, where he most recently served as CEO, Global Specialty. Previously, he served as CEO of Insurance Underwriting for XL Catlin and spent seven years as CEO of XL Group’s Lloyd’s Managing Agency.
Watson commented: “This is the right time for me to start planning for the next generation of leadership at Canopius. After all, I have led Canopius for 20 years. I believe Neil is a proven, motivational leader and a very capable builder of businesses and teams. I am confident he will help propel us to the next level and am delighted to welcome him to Canopius.
“Over the last 20 years, we have built a highly valued franchise and an excellent team. But there’s more we can do to expand our footprint and enhance our reputation and performance. Neil has the right experience to contribute to the development of Canopius at the most senior levels. I am greatly looking forward to working with Neil and the wider Canopius leadership team as we continue our upward trajectory.”
Robertson added: “I am thrilled to be offered the opportunity to join Canopius. With its deep pool of talent aligned to a strong capital base I’m excited to help lead the business through the next steps of its strategic development.”