Blanc is expected to start at specialist insurer ERS from 2 January

Insurance veteran Amanda Blanc is lining up her second non-executive role for 2020, with specialist motor insurer ERS.

Subject to regulatory approval, from 2020 Blanc will act as a non-executive director and chair designate of ERS SML, the managing agent of Syndicate 218 at Lloyd’s, which provides ERS’s products, as well as take on a non-executive director role for ERS DGB, the insurer’s holding company.

Blanc will replace Patrick O’Sullivan, who is the current chairman of ERS SML.

She said: “ERS has built a market-leading reputation in underwriting specialist motor insurance in the UK and its hundreds of thousands of policy holders benefit from the strength of the Lloyd’s A+ rating.

“This position, coupled with ERS’s operational expertise and technology platform, provides a great foundation for the company to grow. I am delighted to join such an ambitious team with a clear passion for the business and look forward to working with the Board and my new ERS colleagues.”

Career excellence

Earlier this week, Blanc, who has more than 30 years of industry experience and is a qualified chartered insurer, confirmed that she will also be starting at Aviva from January in a non-executive director position.

Blanc, who left her role as chair of the ABI in July, has held senior roles at Axa, Towergate, Groupama, and Commercial Union, and chaired the Insurance Fraud Bureau. Most recently, she headed up Zurich’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business – she resigned from this post in July.

Ian Parker, chief executive at ERS, said: “I am excited Amanda has agreed to join our team as we look to grow the business organically and through acquisitions.

“Her appointment underscores the significant opportunities that lie ahead and reflect the important investments we have made in our talented employees, infrastructure and technology. Our platform is profitable and growing, and with Amanda’s appointment, we will continue our positive momentum.”

ERS DGB is majority owned by private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners, based in London and New York.