The Ardonagh Group has hired ex-Morrisons chair, Andy Higginson, to come on board as chairman of its growing retail business, the Ardonagh Retail Platform.
In his new position, Higginson – who was previously the chairman of Big 4 grocer Morrisons until earlier this year – will manage a number of brands, including Swinton Insurance, Carole Nash and Autonet.
His most recent appointment comes following Morrisons’s recent £7 billion takeover of Morrison by private equity firm Clayton Dublier & Rice in October.
Prior to Morrisons, Higginson was chairman of Poundland, up to and including its 2014 stock market floatation. He has also held a variety of senior roles at Tesco, and was ceo of its Retail Services division.
His retail career includes 15 years as an executive director of Tesco, with four as chief executive officer of its retail services division including Tesco.com, Tesco Bank and customer data science division Dunnhumby.
“I’m delighted to be joining a great leadership team and a strong business with proud roots in the North West and global momentum behind it,” Higginson said.
The Ardonagh Group chairman John Tiner added: “The Ardonagh Retail platform is a significant business with a strong track record, ambitious growth plans and a high calibre leadership team, which Andy is ideally suited to chair.
“His relevant experience in the strategic evolution of customer-centric businesses together with his background in chairing major retail groups brings valued additional knowledge.
“We welcome his appointment as part of the broader group, deepening our bench strength across our highly diversified range of insurance-related services in the UK, Ireland and broader international markets.”