Ian Cohen has background in media and financial services

Jardine Lloyd Thompson has appointed Ian Cohen as UK chief Information Officer (CIO) with immediate effect.

Cohen was most recently the chief information officer at Associated Newspapers, and previously held leadership roles at the Financial Times and Lloyds TSB .

Mike Methley, chief operations officer of JLT management services, says: "This new role demonstrates JLT's ongoing commitment to and focus on the importance of IT for driving our business forward and providing excellent client service.

"Ian has had an extensive career in technology leadership working both in financial services and the media industry and brings to JLT considerable experience of technology transformation and delivery."

Cohen added: "I am delighted to be working within an organisation that has such an excellent reputation. The insurance industry as a whole is increasingly looking to exploit technology to create innovative new solutions and deliver a more seamless client experience whilst also improving the efficiency of its overall operations."