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Aston Lark reveals new CEO in Ireland

Aston Lark reveals new CEO in Ireland | Insurance Business

Aston Lark reveals new CEO in Ireland

It’s all change at the top for UK chartered insurance broker Aston Lark in Ireland.

The company, now backed by Goldman Sachs, has this morning announced the creation of two new executive board positions following its swoops for Robertson Low and Wright Insurance Brokers.

Incoming is Robert Kennedy (pictured), who makes the switch from Aviva Ireland to take on the position of chief executive officer, Ireland. He will join in March 2020, subject to standard regulatory approval. Kennedy was previously the head of sales and distribution at Aviva Ireland and led the development of its broker business for six years, having previously enjoyed stints with RSA and Aon.

“I am in the enviable position of having a great team already in place and I look forward to working with the team to realise Aston Lark’s ambition for Ireland through a combination of organic growth and acquiring like-minded brokers,” he said.

Also incoming is Mark Nolan, making the switch from his role as financial controller at AA Ireland to take the chief financial officer role, also from March onwards. Nolan has spent time at the likes of Deloitte, Quotedevil Ltd and Pembroke Insurances.

Both Kennedy and Nolan will now join the boards at Robertson Low and Wright Insurance Brokers, with Robertson Low’s current MD Andy Low becoming executive chairman, while Wright Insurance Brokers’ founders Tony and Breda Wright will remain on that company’s board.

“I look forward to welcoming Robert and Mark to the team to help drive our ambition for growth,” said group CEO Peter Blanc. “They will both bring their extensive leadership experience to bear as we look to fulfil our potential in Ireland. This is an important stage in Aston Lark’s development plans to create the leading quality independent insurance broking business in Ireland.”