Lloyd’s of London COO heading for the door

The executive will be leaving the insurance market in the first half of 2019

Lloyd’s of London COO heading for the door

Insurance News

By Alicja Grzadkowska

After nearly five years of holding the chief operating officer title at Lloyd’s of London, Shirine Khoury-Haq is leaving the insurance market, according to a Lloyd’s news release. The announcement comes at the end of a tumultuous year for the Lloyd’s C-suite. John Neal took over as CEO in September following Inga Beale’s exit, while CFO John Parry left in May.

Khoury-Haq helped to digitise the London reinsurance market, delivering real change to the way it does business, read a statement from Neal.

“Having created the vision for the TOM [Target Operating Model], she built the consensus and momentum needed to deliver on its promise so that market firms are now seeing genuine benefits,” he continued in his statement. “Shirine’s knowledge, tenacity and commitment have also made her an inspirational role model to women and the BAME community in both the market and Corporation. She can take great credit for the progress made. In my short time at Lloyd’s, I have very much enjoyed working with Shirine, and value the support she has given me.”

Khoury-Haq will continue in her current role until she departs in the first half of 2019.

“The last five years have been incredibly rewarding, working with colleagues in Lloyd’s and across the industry to deliver real digital change for the first time in decades. Solutions have been designed and built that are transforming the way insurance is conducted in London,” she commented.

“I'm delighted that the experiences I brought from effecting profitable and complex change in insurance and other industries have been helpful in delivering what we promised for London. I have also been very lucky to work with two great CEOs, Inga Beale and John Neal, who have backed me both professionally and personally. We have made considerable progress in Operations within Lloyd’s and the London Market TOM has been well adopted. So now, with Lloyd’s full support, this feels like the right time to look for the next challenge.”

In addition, London Market Group CEO Clare Lebecq weighed in on the departure, expressing her own sadness.

“Shirine has done a tremendous job in leading the modernisation workstream for the London Market Group and I would like to say thank you, on behalf of all our members, for her huge personal commitment to the challenge,” she said. “Making change happen is very tough and the fact that so many solutions are now coming on stream has much to do with her vision and tenacity in driving forward the work to make London an easier place to do business.”


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