1. A model example of diversity and inclusion

    Some time ago, the CEO of Hiscox, Bronek Masojada, promoted an article from the Hiscox website that showcased the career path of one of their reinsurance underwriters, Katy Sivyer. It is a very good piece of marketing and HR PR but it's also a great example of why Hiscox is generally regarded as one of the better insurance companies to work for.

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  2. Automation and insurance industry employment trends

    On the train home from BIBA 2017 I came across yet another article predicting job losses to automation, AI and machine learning. The piece was written following Warren Buffett's annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting, where he apparently stated his belief that AI will endanger some jobs. It's not the first one I've seen - in January, a study by PWC found that 30% of jobs are at risk by the 2030s and not wanting to be left behind, even the insurance industry is getting in on the act; earlier this year, Japanese life insurer Fukoku Mutual replaced 34 claims staff with the IBM "Watson" platform. Could the same happen to the insurance industry? Are we about to witness a rise of the machines? And could it be that it's been happening already?

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  3. Hanover Search Group continues to grow with key senior hires

    Following an extremely busy 2016 Hanover Search Group continues to grow as the Search firm of choice for Insurance, Asset and Wealth Management. With offices in Europe, South Africa, Asia and United States we strive to work closely with our clients and we exist to make a fundamental difference to your organisations. The London office has seen 4 new hires over the past month and all will be a fantastic addition to the group.

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  4. Executive Search Summary

    The total value of executive search assignments increased by 11.7% in the last 12 months.

    This has predominantly been driven by a focus on roles with guaranteed compensation packages over £200,000 (including Board & C-Suite) where there has been a 15.6% rise. Roles at this level accounted for 857 of the 1,241 Insurance & Financial Services assignments conducted in the last year. These statistics suggest that organisations are choosing to use executive search firms for their senior and strategic mandates rather than fulfilling them via in-house resourcing teams.

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  5. Budget 2017 Summary: Key Points

    Philip Hammond has delivered his first Budget as chancellor. These are the key points.

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  6. HSG further extends their global reach with acquisition of Opus Executive Search

    Hanover Search Group are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Opus Executive Search in Los Angeles, CA which will operate with Antony Pitt as the US MD.

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  7. Hanover Search Group continues to grow as the Search firm of choice for Insurance, Asset and Wealth Management

    Following an extremely busy first half of the financial year Hanover Search Group continues to grow as the Search firm of choice for Insurance, Asset and Wealth Management. With offices in Europe, South Africa, Asia and United States we strive to work closely with our clients and we exist to make a fundamental difference to your organisations.

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  8. I'm an actuary - should I be a data scientist?

    Data is everywhere these days and it's impossible to escape the constant stream of "data science" blog and articles - not just on Linkedin but the internet in general. Some time ago I came across a post on my Linkedin feed titled "I'm an actuary, can I be a data scientist?" and to me the premise of the article sounded a little premature. I couldn't help but think: are we asking the right question here?  

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  9. The DNA of a Chief Actuary

    Football fans around the world will have heard the phrase "Barcelona DNA" which was rumoured to have been said by Pep Guardiola (though I couldn't find any actual evidence of it). It's one of those idioms that requires little explanation and, following a conversation with a colleague a while back, I wondered what it is that makes "Chief Actuary DNA" (and yes, I do often mix football and actuarial in one conversation!)

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  10. HSG hires a new Associate Partner for their Wealth Management team

    Hanover Search Group appoints Paul Merlin as Associate Partner – Wealth Management

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  11. HSG extends reach into Asia with new partnership with ALS International

    What are the benefits to our clients / candidates of a partnership between Hanover Search Group and ALS International?

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  12. HSG hires a new Researcher for their Insurance team

    As part of their continuing expansion efforts, Hanover Search Group (HSG) has named Asma Khan as Researcher, reporting in to Managing Partner & Client Director James Ridd.

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  13. Hanover Search Group appoints Willis as Researcher – Wealth Management

    As part of their continuing expansion efforts, Hanover Search Group (HSG) has named Harry Willis as Researcher, reporting in to Client Director, Andrew Bayliss.

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  14. Hanover Search Group celebrating 20th anniversary

    Hanover Search Group (HSG) is pleased to announce that they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary on 21st April 2016. The Group has undergone a huge transformation over the last two decades into one of the leading search firms in Insurance, Asset and Wealth Management.

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  15. Hanover Search Group appoints two new hires for their Operations and Financial Planning teams.

    As part of their continuing expansion efforts, Hanover Search Group (HSG) has appointed two new hires. Tom Taylor who has joined as Senior Consultant will be the SME for the Operations space at HSG and Charlie Holden as Researcher to further expand the Financial Planning team. Both will be reporting into Group Director Stephen Phipps.

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  16. Hanover Search Group appoints Davis as Researcher – Asset Management

    LONDON -- As part of their continuing expansion efforts, London-based Hanover Search Group (HSG) has named George Davis as Researcher, reporting in to Group Director Paul Groarke.

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  17. Meet the CEO - James Emmett - Recruitment International

    The December issue of Recruitment International features our CEO, James Emmett. Read how James started his career, how HSG was founded and his thoughts on the recruitment industry over the years...

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  18. Hanover Search Group appoints Brimacombe as Senior Consultant – Finance & Accounting

    LONDON -- As part of their continuing expansion efforts, London-based Hanover Search Group (HSG) has named Harry Brimacombe Senior Consultant, reporting in to Managing Partner James Ridd.  HSG is a global executive search specialist founded in 1996. With offices worldwide, we bring a dedicated and discreet service to our clients in the Insurance, Asset and Wealth Management fields. We won the HITC ‘Best Search Firm’ award 2015. Only votes submitted by clients and candidates were counted. We have also consistently featured within the top ten global boutique search firms within the Financial Services sector in the Executive Grapevine market report.    

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  19. Growth Viability of the Brazilian Insurance and Reinsurance Market

    With growth slowing down in the traditional insurance markets, global insurance players are turning their focus to emerging and high growth markets to advance their development. This research investigates one of such high potential markets, Brazil. It has found an industry that is in the process to overcome its monopolistic past with its legacy creating major distortions to the market place. It is an industry in notable transition and at its peak to professionalization. The great potential for growth is imperiled by lack of talent.     

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  20. Financial Planning, hiring or acquiring?

    Colourful disclaimer -

    Having enjoyed a degree in Archaeology, I know that context is everything and bias is unavoidable so, hopefully this blog is enjoyable, maybe even useful but, ‘hiring or acquiring’, only one will result in a fee for me. I will however try to present an even debate that draws conclusions, I welcome constructive commentary.

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  21. The impact of mergers and acquisitions on human capital in the property and casualty insurance market

    The most notable element of the property and casualty insurance market during 2015 has been a constant drumbeat of news regarding mergers and acquisitions.  As the year got underway we witnessed the closing of the deal between XL group and Catlin insurance. More recently a rather shocking announcement about the merger of Chubb and Ace has caught everyone's attention. Looking at the brokerage and distribution side of the equation, the merger of Willis with Towers Watson promises to create something of a "big three" in that world.

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  22. How MiFID II could affect boutique asset managers

    In May 2015 an upgrade to the Markets in Financial Instrument Directive (MiFID) was adopted by the EU. It will be implemented in July 2016 and is due to come into effect in January 2017. Whilst some of the laws bring plenty of advantages to a majority of international businesses, boutique asset managers may have a different view.

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  23. The Future for Wealth Management Technology

    The wealth management sector has significantly evolved following the financial crisis where it has been recognised that the industry has suffered a loss of customer trust and is under a regulatory spotlight.

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  24. HSG wins 'Best Search Firm 2015'

    Hanover Search Group has won Here is the City’s 2015 Best Search Firm in the global financial markets, after a poll of the website's readers. Only votes submitted by clients and candidates were counted.

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  25. Third Party Software – Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    The wealth management sector is host to some of Britain’s most prestigious home grown brands. With many private client investment managers having been established for the best part of a century coupled with a reliable client base to leverage from, until recently the necessity to advance legacy systems from a technological perspective hasn’t noticeably impacted the success of the business. As such, wealth managers have responded slowly to the now unprecedented technological advancements we are experiencing across the financial services sector.

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  26. The Impact of an Ageing Financial Adviser Community

    Across the globe, the financial community needs to brace itself for the loss of a generation of financial advisers. Reports predict that in the next 10 years 32% of advisers will retire, while the US Bureau of Labor forecasts the demand for financial advice will increase 27% by 2022.

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  27. Marketing & IT in Asset & Wealth Management

    As with every other industry out there, the advancement of digital technology has inevitably affected wealth and asset management.

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  28. The Current Recruitment Landscape in Digital Marketing within Asset Management

    From a recruitment perspective, it has been fascinating watching how marketing has developed over the last decade but nothing has been more compelling than the evolution of digital.  Clients’ demands in the digital space are changing considerably. 

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  29. Suitable Suitability

    Suitability is still a hot topic at the Wealth Managers but it is not easy to get right it seems.

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  30. It's a New Year for HSG

    Following a great 2014 I hope that the New Year festivities was enjoyed by all. Everyone here at HSG would like to wish you all the best for the year ahead as we look forward to what we hope will be a landmark year for HSG in 2015.

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  31. Round Up of 2014 at Hanover

    The hard work and dedication of all involved at Hanover over the last 12 months have contributed to what has turned out to be a landmark year for the company and as yet, there are no signs of operations slowing down.

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  32. Our New Hanover Search Website

    We are delighted to unveil the new digital home for the Hanover Search Group.

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  33. Surging Ahead: UK Fund Assets Hit the Value Heights

    The UK fund management industry totalled more than £6.2 trillion pounds in Asset under Management at the end of 2013. This value is estimated to be more than 50% higher than the industry total before the global economic downturn.

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  34. Are Wealth Managers Playing Catch-Up In The Great Technology Race?

    Responding to customer demands is an ever-evolving challenge, regardless of the industry a business may serve. The advent of the digital age has seen a total sea change in how consumers perceive relationships with the services and goods they seek to procure.

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  35. Is Britain Putting the Worst Foot Forward When It Comes To Honesty And Taking Out Car Insurance?

    Recent industry figures have revealed some startling truths about how the UK approaches car insurance. Even more worrying is the sheer volume of deceit that this sector of the Insurance industry has to face up to.

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