Guardian hires chief operating officer

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February 12, 2019

Protection challenger Guardian has promoted Katya MacLean from proposition director to chief operating officer, responsible for operations, corporate services, proposition and IT.

She will now sit alongside chief financial officer Richard Everett, distribution director Andy Peters and chief executive Simon Davis on the Guardian executive committee.

MacLean said: “It’s been a privilege to bring Guardian to market as Proposition Director and I’m delighted to take on this expanded role as we move into the next phase of the business.”

Davis added: “We’ve had a fantastic six months since launch and have ambitious plans.

“We’re moving from ‘new venture’ to ‘serious player’ and this structure will allow us to grow and meet our ambition. Katya’s skills, experience and evidenced success in bringing Guardian’s proposition to market, meant she was best placed to take on the expanded operations role.”

Since joining Guardian in October 2016, MacLean has been responsible for bringing its proposition to market.

Before Guardian, MacLean worked for Swiss Re’s ipitQ brand where she was chief marketing officer. Prior to that she was at Lloyds Banking Group where she headed up their protection proposition.

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