Prudential hires Thiam

Prudential poached Aviva Europe group executive director Tidjane Thiam to be its finance director. First published, 21 September

NU launches academy

Norwich Union (NU)?launched an underwriting academy to boost employee skills and improve service levels for advisers and customers. The move builds on NU’s service and claims academies intro-duced earlier this year. First published, 21 September

Close Premium responds

Close Premium Finance said its finance facilities remained open, despite the global credit crunch currently impacting financial markets. First published, 21 September

Evolution leads product

Evolution Risk Services, part of the Evolution Underwriting Group, launched a bespoke lead generation product for brokers. First published, 24 September