The latest insurance stories online

Traffic soared on the Insurance Times website when we revealed the biggest story of the past week. Online subscribers clicked like crazy when our exclusive breaking news email, ‘Giles MD exits in management shake-up’, landed in their inboxes.

Online visitors read about the departure of retail managing director Howard Pearson and the creation of three new roles filled by internal promotions. The full story was reported in last week’s print magazine; however, web visitors flocked to the site to read it first in the ‘Latest issue’ section.

Stories about management restructures at brokers and insurers are favourites of our online readers and appear regularly in the online top 10. One example – a story relating to a restructure at RSA (‘Brown restructures RSA senior management’) was a massive hit in 2008.

Back to the past week, and our story on the European Commission’s probe into the insurance industry’s ability to provide adequate cover against natural catastrophes got plenty of clicks.

Elsewhere on the web, there was another surge in stories on dog insurance. But this time, as the BBC website revealed, it was to report that the government had changed its mind – a week after its original proposal – and that not all dog owners will have to take out insurance.

Back at, check out the latest entry from mystery blogger Sid. We also have the latest contributions from Dan Cutts of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and Jonathan Davey looking back at his 20 years working in the sector.

Online top 10

Giles MD exits in management shake-up

European Commission announces insurance investigation

AXA appeals Air France ruling

Marsh hires UK real estate leader

Utley to buy stockbroker

NIG poaches regional underwriting bosses from rival insurers

Aon sues Marsh in Manhattan

Home underwriter Plum unveils growth plans

On the QT: Curse of Sid

Mutuals add warning over Solvency II