Specialty MGA Optio Group has appointed Hywel Jones to lead Optio’s accident and health division (A&H) alongside Darren Delande, effective immediately.
He brings over 30 years of industry experience and joins Optio from AmTrust Europe where he held the role of general manager, A&H, since 2013.
While at AmTrust, he played a key role in the development of the business’s international A&H offering.
Prior to this he led the European life, accident & health division as the commercial director and interim CEO at CIGNA Insurance.
Jones will report to Optio Group CUO Paul Western.
Western said: “Optio has been strategically growing and investing in its specialty capability, and Hywel’s appointment perfectly aligns with our accelerated ambitions following Optio’s entrance into the A&H space in July of last year.
“Hywel’s extensive background in the global A&H market, technological capability, and ability to develop innovative products in keeping with the evolving A&H landscape makes him an excellent addition to the team. Together with Darren, Hywel will play an instrumental role in further strengthening Optio’s A&H offering and the development of top-tier solutions for our clients.”