Debra Williams to lead insurance group's internet growth

Debra Williams, the managing director of aggregator, is to join Highway Insurance Group. She will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and growth of Highway’s internet distribution.

Williams said: “Having helped to reach its current market-leading position has been a tremendous experience and learning curve for me. I have enjoyed my four years at immensely, but I do feel that now is the right time to move on and find a new challenge in a slightly different section of the industry.

“Highway has the potential to grow significantly over the next few years. To think that I will be so heavily involved in shaping a company, and influencing its future success, is an exciting prospect.”

She will report directly to Andrew Gibson, chief executive officer of Highway Insurance Group.

Gibson said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Debra on board. The nature of insurance distribution has shifted dramatically over the last few years to focus primarily on the internet and telesales. Debra’s wealth of knowledge and experience, both when it comes to the insurance industry and online propositions, is second to none; needless to say she will be an invaluable addition to the Highway senior team. We look forward to facing the shifts and challenges ahead with the steer and support of somebody as knowledgeable and respected as Debra. The future is certainly extremely exciting for Highway.”

Williams has been the managing director of for four years, during which time she has helped to grow the company from a small team of 20 people to a business employing more than 90. Last year, the company announced profits of £32million.