Chris Sime joins GRP Broking to head up business development
Global Risk Partners Ltd (GRP), the specialist investment vehicle for brokers and MGAs, has appointed Chris Sime Group Business Development Director. He will join GRP’s retail broking management team and will report to Mike Bruce, CEO Broking.
He will be responsible for managing relationships with GRP’s insurer partners as well as strategic sales planning and execution across the retail business. He will also look after product development, which Mike Bruce said fell naturally from his sales role.
“GRP has a reputation for building a highly successful family of businesses with a very ambitious growth trajectory, but Chris’ appointment underlines the equal emphasis we place on organic growth in our retail division and across the rest of the business.”
Previously, Chris Sime was head of sales and strategic accounts at Zurich, where he looked after PIB, Broker Network and Jelf, among others, and Bruce said his experience of strategic account management will be hugely valuable. “Chris is a heavy hitter and I’m delighted he has chosen to join GRP’s retail team to take the next step in his career. He will also build upon the excellent relationship between GRP and Zurich who are a key insurer partner.”
Chris Sime added: “Mike painted a compelling picture of the group’s ambition for the retail broking division, and having made the crossover from insurer to broking, I look forward to playing my part in delivering GRP’s long term strategic aims.”
Before joining Zurich in 2013, Chris Sime, an alumnus of INSEAD business school in France, also fulfilled a number of senior sales and market-facing roles at RSA, where he joined in 1987.