Cogent Hire brings in EV specialist to bolster claims strategy

Prior to his appointment, he founded his own firm to explore mobility solutions

Cogent Hire brings in EV specialist to bolster claims strategy

Motor & Fleet

By Kenneth Araullo

Cogent Hire, the specialist in credit hire and mobility, has appointed Luke LeSauteur to the newly established role of commercial director.

Joining the expanding handl-owned business based in Lancashire, LeSauteur is tasked with constructing and launching propositions for insurance clients, particularly in the burgeoning mobility sectors like electric vehicles (EVs).

He has previously held high-ranking positions in credit hire businesses like Enterprise and Auxilis. Before his tenure at Cogent Hire, he founded ChargedRV (CRV) to explore mobility solutions involving EVs in the motor claims sector.

LeSauteur commenced his new position at the start of October, reporting to Kirsty McKno, CEO of Cogent Hire.

“Bringing Luke on board puts us in a good position to take the initiative and move the motor claims needle, particularly with regard to EV,” McKno said. “He has great integrity in our sector and shares our Cogent Hire values of honesty, accountability, transparency, trust, and partnership. I am confident he will apply those values to our EV claims proposition, as we do with all other aspects of our business.”

LeSauteur said that the industry needs to better manage EV from the point of collision and recovery up to repair and total loss.

“Managing EV safely is also crucial, as this will give underwriters more confidence when they price these types of risk,” he said. “Cogent Hire has a genuine commitment to understanding customers' needs and improving processes in mobility, and this struck a chord with me right away. The team's passion for raising the bar, combined with its growth potential in the sector, made it a place I wanted to join and contribute to.”

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