Lloyd’s syndicate Ki names Catherine Barton as Commercial Director

Ki, the fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd’s of London syndicate, has announced the appointment of Catherine Barton as its new Commercial Director.

Catherine BartonBarton’s addition to Ki’s Executive Management Committee will see her report directly to Mark Allan, the CEO of Ki.

In her role as Commercial Director, Barton will assume key responsibilities such as overseeing Ki’s financial performance, fostering strategic partnerships, and collaborating closely with the management team to execute Ki’s commercial strategy and growth initiatives.

Prior to joining Ki, Barton held the position of Chief Insurance Officer at Zego and served as the Chief Financial Officer at Talbot Underwriting Limited.

She has also held senior executive management roles at Bupa UK, and worked as a Partner at both EY and Deloitte. Barton is recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has previously served as a Non-Executive Director at Sabre Insurance Group from 2017 to 2021.

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“We’re excited to have someone of Catherine’s caliber join Ki. She brings impressive experience in both insurance and finance, having held leadership roles with a number of well-known and highly regarded businesses. With our digital and data-led model having achieved significant scale, our focus now shifts to the next phase of growth and development for Ki. Catherine’s addition to our management team will greatly contribute to expanding our underwriting footprint, optimizing our portfolio, and nurturing relationships with new and existing trading partners,” Mark Allan, CEO of Ki, commented on the appointment.

“Having observed the creation and early impressive growth of Ki from the outside, I’m delighted to be joining the business as it builds on the strong foundations it has established over the last couple of years. I have been impressed by the team at Ki and what has been delivered so far, which is bringing alive the potential of data-led, algorithmically-driven decision-making. I’m looking forward to being part of the management team and helping to shape the next phase of Ki’s development,” Barton commented.

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