Stuart Vann stepped down as Esure chief executive in January, despite soaring profits and sizeable growth

Esure interim chief executive Darren Ogden has hinted that the insurer’s new chief executive could come from outside the insurance industry.

Former chief executive, Stuart Vann suddenly left Esure after six years in the role, and 17 years at the company, by “mutual consent” in January, despite the insurer’s profits soaring in 2017.

Now, Ogden has said that Esure is looking to replace Vann with someone with “broad” expertise, possibly from “outside the industry”.

Ogden revealed that the insurer wants a chief executive with strong digital experience, who is “data-driven”, to push its digital customer proposition and strategy.

Earlier this morning, chairman Peter Wood said Esure is looking for “new leadership, steeped in digital and data experience to take the business to the next level.” 

Wood added: “Our search for a successor has commenced and we are looking for a leader with significant expertise and experience in a broad spectrum of customer-facing businesses.”

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