UMAL names next CEO

Outgoing chief to become chair

UMAL names next CEO

Insurance News

By Terry Gangcuangco

Risk management and insurance services provider U.M. Association Limited (UMAL), which serves the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) sector, has named Paul Cusition’s successor as chief executive.

On September 4, James Roberts (pictured) will take on the role of CEO designate at the mutual entity before officially assuming the top post when Cusition transitions to chair in 2024.

“I am very much looking forward to settling into the role, getting to know the team and our members,” Roberts, whose more than three decades of commercial insurance experience includes time spent at Zurich, said in an emailed release.

“The strategy of the board over recent years has resulted in sustained growth, and my aim will be to provide continuity and build on that success. I am excited to contribute to UMAL’s mission and deliver value to our members.”

His predecessor, who is credited for UMAL’s modernisation and growth, had nothing but nice words for the next boss.

“We are pleased to welcome James Roberts to UMAL as the incoming CEO,” Cusition commented. “His extensive experience in the commercial insurance arena and his commitment to client service make him the ideal candidate to lead UMAL into the future.

“I have full confidence in James’s ability to continue the successful development of UMAL and further enhance our services to the membership.”

Meanwhile chair Allan Guest, who will be retiring at the annual general meeting in December, thanked Cusition for his time as UMAL’s chief executive.

Guest stated: “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Paul for his exceptional leadership as CEO of UMAL over the past six years. Under Pau’s guidance, UMAL has undergone significant modernisation and achieved remarkable growth in membership.

“Paul’s transition to the role of chair in 2024 will further strengthen UMAL’s strategic direction and ensure continuity in driving our business forward.”

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