Kingfisher UK Holdings (Kingfisher) has announced the appointment of Ajay Tailor as Chief Financial Officer. Ajay has joined Kingfisher from the Ardonagh Group where he was Finance Director for the MGA, Schemes and Programmes segment.
Ajay has over 15 years’ experience across insurance strategy, finance and M&A. His career started at Deloitte in the insurance Audit and Assurance team and he has since held a variety of roles leading organic and inorganic growth strategies. Whilst at Prudential Plc he sat in the Group CEO office focussing on strategy and corporate development. Ajay also led the finance implementation of Solvency II at Liberty Specialty Markets.
Ajay joins Kingfisher at a time when they are making significant investment into digital transformation, re-platforming their back-office solutions and redesigning their underlining business model into a centralised “customer first” approach. Ajay will be responsible for all aspects of Finance, Risk and Compliance across the Kingfisher group’s Broking and MGA businesses and be part of the new C Level Management structure.
Ajay commented: “I am hugely excited to join Kingfisher at such a pivotal point of the group’s evolution. I am impressed by Kingfisher’s digital transformation and their ambitious customer focussed growth strategy. The journey to date has highlighted their commitment to build from strong fundamentals to support customers and insurance partners. I want to focus on supporting the organic and inorganic growth opportunities through leveraging the passion, talent and digital infrastructure in the business.”
Commenting on the announcement, CEO Jacquie Boast said: “We’re delighted to have Ajay join Kingfisher’s experienced and talented leadership team. His appointment will support Kingfisher to scale our business by ensuring strength in our platforms, processes and reporting. In addition to Tony Sweeney, who joined Kingfisher recently as Chief Information Officer, the arrival of Ajay completes our senior leadership team and positions us ready to deliver our ambitious and exciting growth plans.”