Janice Deakin appointed Deputy CEO of the Ardonagh Group


The Ardonagh Group has announced the appointment of Janice Deakin as Deputy CEO, with immediate effect.

Janice will continue to lead Distribution as CEO of that segment, a role she has held since the creation of Ardonagh in June 2017.

During that time, she has overseen the acquisitions of Healthy Pets, Carole Nash and Mastercover, having played a central role in the refinancing and formation of the Group.

Commenting on the news today, CEO David Ross said:

“Janice’s appointment into the Deputy CEO role is a hugely significant day for us. That we are able to announce this change today not only reflects the quality of leadership joining our firm but it also highlights the progress we have made in our evolution as a business, moving from fixing to building. The entire Group is now poised to benefit from her extraordinary skillsets as a formidable dealmaker, an unshakeable inspirer of people and a really important part of the Ardonagh story.

“Janice has spent the last few months adding to a phenomenal team of leaders to build an unrivalled top table of talent. This week, Rob Worrell will join the existing team as CEO Insurance Broking* and hit the ground running as very much his own CEO, which is a testament to her inclusive and empowering style.

“I am absolutely delighted that she will now have the time to work more closely with me as we look to drive value and create opportunity across this Group, which continues to explore new boundaries and enjoy tremendous growth. There is no secret about the strength of our relationship and while no partnership is perfect, ours is pretty close. I can't wait to have her by my side as we enter this next phase of the Ardonagh evolution."

Janice Deakin added:

“Today is the culmination of a determination to make certain that I am working with great people running their own businesses. As I look out across a collection of amazing brands being managed by amazing teams, it feels like the perfect time to be observing Distribution from the sidelines as I focus more of my efforts on the Group.

“David and I are very much in agreement that the depth and breadth of our talent will not sit exclusively in executive layers. The clout will be where it needs to be; at the coal face. Today is not about building a centre. It is about continuing to focus on the importance and value of our individual brands and about ensuring that our partnership unlocks the potential in everything we touch.

“Looking back over the year, it’s unbelievable what we have collectively achieved. As we continue to grow, to seek targeted acquisitions and increase our prominence across various sectors and geographies, I am really excited to be supporting David; to be giving him the bandwidth he needs to continue the tremendous momentum we have created, seeing every opportunity, or indeed creating them."