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LONDON—Alan Fleming, former chairman and chief executive of AIRMIC and most recently insurance commissioner at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, has been named interim chief executive of the association.
AIRMIC revealed Mr. Fleming's temporary appointment on June 5, just prior to the opening of this year's annual conference today in London.
The association's outgoing chairman, Geoff Taylor, said that the AIRMIC board had decided to offer Mr. Fleming the temporary role because it had not found the right candidate to fill the shoes of departing Chief Executive David Gamble since it started the search for a replacement in March.
AIRMIC said it had decided to opt for an interim solution rather than have a vacancy until a full-time successor is found. This is designed to enable Mr. Gamble to commence his new role as head of the association's new subsidiary, Risk Publishing Online, next month as planned.
"Since March, we have interviewed several very strong candidates for the position. Unfortunately, in each case we eventually decided either that they were not exactly what we were looking for or we were unable to reach agreement on terms," said Mr. Taylor in a statement.
"This is a very important appointment for AIRMIC and one we wish to get as right as we possibly can. We have, therefore, decided to re-advertise the post and invite applications from a broader spectrum of the market. In the meantime, I am delighted to say that Alan Fleming has agreed to take the post on an interim basis," he continued.
"He understands our industry and market inside out, and is the ideal person to carry on David's good work, albeit on an interim basis to free up David to concentrate on his RPO responsibilities," he added.
Mr. Fleming told Business Insurance Europe that he was looking forward to working with a "vibrant" association and a number of old friends. He said that he does not plan to take on the role in the longer run and would expect his tenure to last no more than six months. Mr. Gamble and Mr. Fleming will undertake the handover process until the changes come into effect on July 1.