The Board of Insurance Ireland today announced the appointment of Gerry Hassett as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Insurance Ireland, effective 1st November. As previously announced, Kevin Thompson will be leaving Insurance Ireland to take up a senior role within the industry.
The process for the appointment of Kevin’s permanent successor is ongoing and the Board believes that Gerry will help advance the organisation’s priorities during his time as Interim CEO. Gerry has extensive experience in the Financial Services industry. He spent 29 years with Irish Life where he was Managing Director of Irish Life Financial Services, before assuming a role in Canada to restructure and transform the Individual Customer Division of Great-West Life. He is a former President of Insurance Ireland and co-author of ‘A Universal Pension for Ireland’. Gerry currently advises, mentors and invests in Fintech and other technology firms.
Ann Kelleher, Insurance Ireland President, said: "On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to announce Gerry’s appointment as Interim CEO. Gerry has a stellar track record in Ireland and internationally. His experience, coupled with his knowledge of Insurance Ireland from being a director for seven years, makes him an ideal appointment. I am certain that he will provide strong leadership as we continue the appointment process for a permanent CEO."
Gerry Hassett, commented: "I’ve a high regard for the work of Insurance Ireland in helping inform policy discussions and deliver better outcomes for customers. I’m grateful to the Board for giving me the opportunity to serve during the succession process. My priority is to continue to deliver on Insurance Ireland’s strategy focused on areas including pensions policy, cost of claims reform, health policy and European advocacy. I look forward to working with the Board, the members and the team at Insurance Ireland as Interim CEO."