Insurance firm Ageas has announced the recruitment of former Vitality CIO Mark Collins as its first CIO. Collins spent five years as technology leader with Bournemouth based Vitality, which is a pioneer at using wearable devices such as the Apple Watch as part of its policy.
At Ageas Collins is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the IT strategy, ensuring that the company’s approach to current and future technology evolves to meet the business challenges and customer preferences, the company said in a statement.
Ageas is a Belgian business, headquartered in Brussels and operates in 14 nations and was originally named Fortis Holdings. In the UK Ageas providers personal and commercial insurance.
“Collins has first-hand knowledge of the insurance industry…and brings with him a wealth of experience of strategic information technology change programmes and information technology operations acquired during his time at Vodafone,” Ageas said in a statement.
“With the evolving demands of technology, digital ecosystems, business model innovation and customer expectations, we’ve decided it appropriate to appoint a CIO to lead the development and delivery of our IT strategy,” Andy Watson, Ageas UK CEO said. “Collins has a proven track record for developing successful IT operations at high profile organisations and I’m confident that he will make a valued contribution as part of our executive team.”
During Collins’ tenure at Vitality the organisation integrated a new insurance administration platform as well as a new database strategy to deal with the rising data levels from the wearable technology it deployed with customers.
Collins joined Vitality from mobile telecoms giant Vodafone, which he had been with since 2006 and during his career there had a number of roles and worked with a number of CIO peers that have become major figures amongst the community including Albert Hitchcock, now at Pearson, Phil Jordan at Sainsbury’s from Telefonica and Mark Dearnley formerly of HMRC. Collins entered telecoms from a military career, which included a stint with NATO as Business Change manager.