The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has appointed Sian Fisher as its new CEO. She succeeds Dr Sandy Scott, who announced his retirement in March last year. Fisher will take up her new post on 1 February 2016.

The CII said Fisher has a rare breadth of experience in the business of insurance having held senior roles in a Lloyd’s Syndicate, a UK and European insurance company, a start-up intermediary, a market leading MGA, a major international broker and US corporate.

She was a founder and original board director of the Managing General Agents’ Association and has held senior positions with both the CII and the Insurance Institute of London. She is a graduate of Oxford University with an Exec MBA from Harvard and is ACII qualified.

CII president, Robert Fletcher said Fisher’s appointment will ensure that the CII "continues to play a pivotal role" in encouraging greater public confidence in the insurance and financial services sectors, both in the UK and overseas.

Commenting on her appointment, Sian, said; "The CII has flourished under Sandy. There has never been such a concerted effort from business, the regulators and society around conduct, ethics, talent development and social mobility.

"I am looking forward to getting out and meeting our members and corporate partners to discuss making the most of this opportunity. My immediate goal will be to maintain and broaden the momentum behind the professionalism agenda."

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ABI Director General, Huw Evans said the appointment of such an experienced professional from within the industry is welcome to fill Sandy’s very big shoes. Evans said: "The CII has a vital role to play in developing the professionalism of our sector and we look forward to working closely with Sian Fisher and the CII on our many shared objectives."