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July 6, 2018updated 05 Jul 2018 3:32pm

Acquis aims for growth in central Europe with appointments

Leasing insurance broker Acquis insurance aims for growth in German, Austrian and Polish markets with several senior management changes.

By Brian Cantwell

Leasing insurance broker Acquis aims for growth in German, Austrian and Polish markets with several senior management changes.

Dave Webb has been appointed as the head of IT and Nicol Van Heerden has been appointed customer service & claims manager. Both joined Acquis in early 2018 and report into Acquis’ head of operations, Jeremy Miles.

Tania Stafford-Mills has been appointed as financial controller, reporting into Acquis’ chief financial officer, Aine Phillips.

Mikael Thiele has been appointed to European business development manager to drive growth in central Europe.

Leader said: “Mika has a great track record of growing insurance businesses in Europe and he provides Acquis with a local understanding and presence in the Germanic markets. Mikael is based near Frankfurt and will provide local support for Acquis’ German client base as well as developing new relationships in Germany, Austria, and Poland.  Germany, in particular, is a very exciting market for us, and I’ve no doubt that Mika will be instrumental in continuing our success there”.

Asked about this additional recruitment, Leader said: “Momentum is something that can be hard to generate and easy to lose.  It’s important that Acquis keeps its current momentum but at the same time it is imperative that we maintain the high levels of service we provide to our clients and their customers”.

The business last re-organised its management in 2017 when Leader was made chief executive and Aine Phillips, previously head of finance, was promoted to chief financial officer with additional responsibility for corporate governance. Leader had been a director at the business since 2013.

Acquis’s founding directors Andy Hobby, John Chadwick and Nick Hunt will remain with the business but Nick Leader will assume day to day control and lead its international development strategy, which aims to deliver a 50% growth in revenues over the next 3 years.


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