Lloyd’s of London’s first female chief executive to leave in 2019

Inga Beale’s departure comes amid concerns about loss of ground to rival centres

Lloyd’s chief executive Inga Beale. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Lloyd’s chief executive Inga Beale. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters


Lloyd’s of London chief executive Inga Beale, the commercial insurance market’s first female chief executive, will leave next year, Lloyd’s said on Friday.

Ms Beale’s departure from the centuries-old insurance market comes amid concerns that, despite a modernisation drive, it is losing ground to rival centres such as Singapore and failing to stem losses.

The exact date of her departure has not yet been set but the search for her successor is already under way, Lloyd’s said in a statement, following an earlier report in the Insurance Insider.

“Leading Lloyd’s is an honour and I am proud to have played a part in ensuring that it remains relevant and fit for purpose for the future,” Ms Beale said in the statement.

Lloyd’s of London, which started life in Edward Lloyd’s coffee house in 1688, focuses on specialised insurance risks, from oil rigs to footballers’ legs.

Ms Beale was appointed chief executive in January 2014 and has led a push for a more diverse workforce in the market, which is made up of more than 80 insurance syndicates.

Lloyd’s is reviewing costs after a series of natural catastrophes drove it to a £2 billion (€2.25 billion) loss last year, and is asking syndicates to provide action plans for their least profitable areas of business. – Reuters