Global specialty and P&C (re)insurer Canopius has chosen Andy Haste to be its group chairman from July 1 2024.

Haste brings a wealth of executive and non-executive experience to the position and will chair the group board.

His former roles include group chief executive of RSA Insurance Group, and CEO at AxA Sun Life, as well as serving as senior independent director and Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s for nine years, between 2012 and 2021.

Andy Haste, incoming Canopius Group chairman, said: “I am honoured to join Canopius as its Group Chair and excited to work closely with Neil and his management team, as well as my fellow Board members on the next stage of Canopius’ journey. I would like to thank Michael for his service to Canopius over many years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Michael Watson, outgoing Canopius Group Chairman, added: “It’s been my privilege to develop Canopius since its foundation in 2003 alongside great colleagues and supportive shareholders. Canopius has never been in better shape, and I have great confidence in Andy Haste and Neil Robertson’s leadership team to propel the business to new heights in the coming years.”

Ben Langworthy, Canopius Shareholder Board Director and Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Europe at Centerbridge, Canopius Group’s majority shareholder, stated: “On behalf of the Canopius’s Shareholder Board, I am pleased to welcome Andy Haste. His seasoned industry expertise and stewardship will help Canopius in its next growth phase. We also wanted to thank Michael Watson for his dedication over the last 20 years at Canopius as Founder, CEO and most recently as non-executive Chairman making Canopius a leading global specialty player.“

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Neil Robertson, Canopius Group CEO, concluded: “Andy will bring independence, gravitas, and a breadth of experience to our Board that will help shape the next chapter of the Canopius journey. Throughout Andy’s career he has forged a reputation as a strong leader who acts with conviction, and who has a proven track record. All qualities that I believe will serve Canopius well. I believe that the appointment of an individual of Andy’s stature in the industry, demonstrates our ambition for Canopius in the coming years and we’re delighted to have him on board.

“We also express heartfelt thanks to Michael, who has been instrumental in building Canopius over the past two decades and has skilfully steered our Board for the last two years since I assumed the role of CEO. He will continue to work with Canopius as a trusted and valuable adviser to the Board as the business embarks on the next stage of its evolution.”

In May 2024, MPCH, a cryptographic storage solutions provider, entered a partnership with Canopius to offer digital asset custody insurance to its customers.  

This alliance aimed to provide an additional layer of security for digital assets protected by MPCH’s technologies.  

The insurance covers potential losses or damage to the physical security measures that could render the crypto assets irrecoverable.