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Pioneer names Simon Gaffney Group Chief Operating Officer

1st May 2018 - Author: Luke Gallin

Pioneer Underwriters has announced the appointment of Simon Gaffney as Group Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.

Pioneer Underwriters logoGaffney will be based in London and will report to Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dane Douetil.

He brings 20 years of insurance broking industry experience to the role, which includes serving as COO at Willis Global, and he was most recently Chief Data Officer at Willis Towers Watson.

Douetil, commented: “Our ability to attract an operational leader of the quality and experience of Simon Gaffney is testament to the dynamic business we are building at Pioneer. Our business has a focus on operational excellence and Simon’s leadership will be invaluable in further building our skills and expertise in this area.”

Gaffney, added: “I’m excited to be joining Pioneer at a time of momentous change in our industry, as new technology creates both challenges and huge opportunities. Pioneer has already built an impressive infrastructure and I look forward to building on this progress as we drive operational efficiencies across the business to deliver enhanced profitability.”


Gaffney had worked at broker Willis Towers Watson since 2000, working his way up through a number of operational roles and providing key input on strategic issues and through the merger between Willis Group and Towers Watson.

Before his time at Willis, Gaffney worked at risk and re/insurance focused internet start-up Worldwide Intellectual Resources Exchange Ltd. (WIRE).

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