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Aston Lark appoints group chief risk officer

Ian Jacob was seconded to AXA PPP as head of compliance

Aston Lark, the Chartered insurance broker backed by Goldman Sachs, has appointed Ian Jacob to its executive leadership team in the newly created role of group chief risk officer (CRO).

Jacob joins from a 13-year career at Deloitte where he was a director in its Insurance Regulation and Strategy Team specialising in governance, regulatory strategy and compliance effectiveness.

After training in law and qualifying as a barrister in 2006, Jacob joined Deloitte as an audit graduate before transitioning to regulatory consulting.

He was recently seconded as head of compliance at AXA PPP healthcare and group compliance director at RSA.

Jacob also advised and supported Deloitte’s own board in overseeing four international mergers with other Deloitte member firms. He has experience in corporate governance and in mergers & acquisitions within the insurance sector, where he developed Deloitte’s regulatory due diligence methodology and assisted with numerous transactions, including the merger of Aston Scott Group and Lark Group in 2018.

Peter Blanc, group CEO of Aston Lark, said: “Our team found Ian to be hugely helpful and his guidance through the regulatory landscape will be invaluable as we continue to grow. Most brokers that we meet talk about the challenges of regulatory compliance and having Ian on board will give them comfort that we can be a partner that truly knows what good looks like.”

Jacob said: “Aston Lark is widely recognised for the momentum it has built since its merger, with integrity and customers at the core of its strategy. The recent investment by Goldman Sachs continues to drive growth and I look forward to working with Peter and the Aston Lark team to develop the risk and compliance functions to meet the needs of the evolving group.

“The regulatory landscape is still changing at an unprecedented rate and Aston Lark must continue to anticipate, adapt and evolve its operations, with a ceaseless focus on good customer outcomes.

“By maintaining a compliance culture that delivers the best for our customers, regulatory compliance will support sustainable growth rather than restrict it and Aston Lark will continue to be the broker of choice for customers, insurers, employees, affiliates and other brokers that might consider Aston Lark as the ideal home for their business when the time is right.”