Davies announces senior appointments as it positions for additional organic growth and digital transformation

22nd March 2021

LONDON, UK – 22 March 2021 – Davies, the leading specialist professional services and technology business, serving insurance and highly regulated markets, today announces two senior appointments.  Darren Coombes will take up the role of Group Deputy Chairman and Dene Rowe is promoted to the new role of Group Chief Marketing Officer, as the business looks to drive organic growth, innovation and digital transformation.

Dene will join Davies’ Group Executive Committee and will take up his role in early April, reporting directly to Group CEO Dan Saulter.  Dene joined Davies as Innovation Director through the acquisition of Keoghs in 2020 and has held a series of senior executive roles across marketing, innovation, digital transformation and sales which has seen him develop new services and drive successful revenue generating opportunities across legal and claims solutions.

In his new role Dene will lead marketing, communications, innovation, pipeline management and tender activity, to support Davies’ organic business growth on a global basis.  In addition, Dene will sponsor Davies’ drive to implement automation and AI internally, working with Davies’ technology teams and business heads.

Senior executive Darren Coombes, who has held various leadership roles within the business over 20 years, latterly as Chief Growth Officer, will take up a new role as Group Deputy Chairman.  In his new role Darren will join Davies’ UK FCA regulated boards as Non-Executive Director and will join Davies’ divisional boards where he will provide challenge and focus on client service and growth.  In addition, Darren will play a global ambassadorial role, supporting client relationship management and focusing on strategic opportunities and new markets.

Early this month the firm announced new investment with international investor BC Partners taking a majority stake in the business earlier in this month, to support Davies’ next phase of international expansion and continued digital transformation and investment. Globally Davies 4,300+ colleagues operate across the UK, Ireland, Bermuda, the US and Canada.  The business delivers professional services and technology solutions across the risk and insurance value chain, including excellence in claims, underwriting, distribution, regulation, customer experience, human capital, digital transformation & change management

Dan Saulter, Group CEO commented: “I’m excited to announce these new roles for Dene and Darren as we continue to push for strong organic growth alongside digital transformation.  Davies has a fantastic track record of promoting from within and investing in our people to build strong leadership teams.  As we look to the future, the global insurance market must continue to innovate and transform.  We must ensure Davies remains at the centre of that change, including via our investment in technology and automation, alongside investment in our people and their career development.”

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