The new managing director will report to group chief executive Tom O’Connor

CLS Risk Solutions, a managing general agent (MGA) for specialist transactional property risks, has appointed Rob Best as its new managing director for UK operations.

Best, who has 30 years of industry experience, will be responsible for leading the firm into its second growth phase in order to hit organisational targets by 2021.

Best will additional join CLS Risk Solution’s board and will report directly to group chief executive Tom O’Connor.

“The product set which CLSRS provides and the opportunities these offer for growth is very exciting,” Best said. “Tom’s appointment last year set a clear strategy to drive growth both for its broker partners and across the CLS group.

“I strongly believe 2020 will be a year of great change in the market. The challenge and opportunity which prevail in the current market climate make it a most exciting time to be working in insurance and CLS, along with its capacity and broker partners, are perfectly placed to take full advantage of the flight to quality which is now gaining momentum.”

Career history

Most recently, Best has been working as a consultant – he aided CLS Risk Solutions last year with a review of its environmental product.

Prior to that, he led the casualty and environmental businesses of big-name firms such as JLT, AJ Gallagher and Willis Towers Watson (WTW).

O’Connor added: “With a terrific insurance pedigree and enviable contacts across the broker market, Rob will be instrumental in leading the charge for closer collaboration with the broker market. We warmly welcome him on board.”