CEGA Group appoints new Chief Executive to drive future growth plans

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CEGA Alistair HardieCEGA Group, the independent medical assistance and claims business, has appointed Alistair Hardie (pictured) as its new Group Chief Executive with effect from today (30th January), strengthening its management team and continuing its on-going investment in its core business.

Mr Hardie will focus on driving an ambitious growth agenda with both existing and new clients, building on international partnerships and developing further propositions for insurers and the increasingly active standalone corporate market.

He has 30 years’ experience delivering solutions to the insurance and corporate sectors with a particular focus on Travel, Health and Accident Insurance and outsourcing.  Most recently he was CEO Europe for Cigna’s Individual Health, Life and Accident business, having previously been part of the management team of FirstAssist Insurance Services when it was acquired by Cigna in 2011.

Out-going CEO, Graham Ponsford, who will become Group Chairman, commented: “CEGA has built a market-leading range of propositions from international assistance and medical transfers to claims management and pre-travel consultancy.  This further investment will help us drive these further into our chosen markets, both in the UK and internationally through our global partners.  As a result of Alistair’s appointment CEGA will strengthen its relationships with its blue-chip partners, and develop additional long-term revenue streams.”

Mr Hardie said: “CEGA’s reputation for excellence in patient care and exceptional customer service is a fantastic foundation on which we can build further success.  I look forward to working with the management team and all the committed staff across the business to create a full service, end-to-end range of solutions for insurers, corporates and public sector bodies who have customers or staff requiring medical advice or assistance when travelling, need help in planning or risk assessing their activities, or require cost-effective delivery of outsourced claims services.”