Brit appoints Thompson interim group CEO

Martin Thompson is to step in as interim group CEO of Brit following Matthew Wilson’s decision to take indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons.

Mr Thompson has held a number of senior executive roles running commercial and specialty lines operations across the UK, Canada and Scandinavia. Prior to joining Fairfax as an executive officer in September 2021, he was president and CEO of RSA Canada. Mr Thompson was with RSA for over 20 years, having started his career there in 1997. He is chair of the Insurance Institute of Canada, an associate of the CII, and a graduate of the University of Glasgow.

Prem Watsa, Fairfax Financial Holdings chairman and CEO, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Matthew Wilson and his family as he begins a program to fully regain his health. He has our full support during this challenging time, and we look forward to his return. In the meantime, we are fortunate to have Martin Thompson available to step into the role of CEO of Brit. Martin brings ample senior executive experience, most recently having served as CEO of RSA Canada. His interim appointment will minimize disruption to Brit and its related operations during Matthew’s absence.”

The appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

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