Gore Mutual taps Aviva Canada veteran for new CIO

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Gore Mutual taps Aviva Canada veteran for new CIO

Gore Mutual Insurance Company has appointed James Warburton (pictured) as chief information officer.

Warburton, whose appointment took effect earlier this week, will join Gore Mutual’s executive team and report to CEO Andy Taylor. His responsibilities include leading the insurer’s technology team through the next phase in its transformation journey, dubbed “Next Horizon,” to become a “purpose-driven, digitally led, national insurer,” a release said.

Prior to joining Gore Mutual, Warburton was associated with Aviva Canada, where he held a number of senior leadership roles including as vice president of technology platforms and vice president of transformation distribution. In those roles, he managed the core applications of the company, including the full Guidewire suite, led tech transformation for the insurer’s commercial business, and drove the innovation of distribution and broker channels.

“As a successful business and technology leader, who brings strong advisory practice leadership, I’m confident that James will help our organization continue its unprecedented transformation journey,” said Taylor. "With his experience in technology transformation, building strong technical teams and deep expertise in the P&C industry, I look forward to working closely with James as we continue to enhance our technology capabilities for industry-leading broker and customer experiences.”

"I'm thrilled to join Gore Mutual and help the company execute its long-term vision, accelerate its growth and offer enhanced products and services for our broker partners and customers,” said Warburton, additionally commenting that Gore Mutual is a company that “operates with purpose and integrity, and truly cares about its employees, brokers and customers.”

In a previous statement to Insurance Business, Gore Mutual chief people officer Sonia Boyle said that in order to drive its Next Horizon strategy, the company is looking for “talent with functional expertise, technology expertise, and people who were experienced in transformations.”

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“We’re able to recruit people and say: ‘If you want to be part of a build, and really work on something from the ground up, this is your opportunity.’ People who were excited about that joined Gore very willingly, and they’ve been able to help us expedite our transformational journey,” Boyle said.