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Arista : expansion continues with two Birmingham hires

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Commercial lines underwriting specialist Arista Insurance has appointed Paul Smith as Senior Fleet Underwriter and Amanda Jones as Fleet Underwriter to its Birmingham office.

The duo brings 27 years combined experience to their roles, which they start with immediate effect.

Paul will be responsible for handling all aspects of Arista’s fleet account in the Midlands. Bringing 20 years’ experience in fleet underwriting, Paul joins from Chartis, where he was a fleet development underwriter with responsibility for existing business and large case management. Prior to that Paul worked for Allianz, NIG and RSA.

With seven years’ fleet underwriting experience, Amanda will be responsible for new business, renewals and mid-term adjustments. Before joining Arista, Amanda was a commercial motor underwriter at Axa Insurance managing renewals, new business and MTAs. Before Axa Amanda was a fleet underwriter at Towergate Risk Solutions.

Both appointments strengthen Arista’s support for brokers in the Midlands; helping to improve service and providing easy access to experienced underwriters as Arista grows. Both Paul and Amanda will report to Branch Manager Scott Hallett.

Arista chief executive, Charles Earle, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Paul and Amanda to the Birmingham team. Providing excellent service and access to expert underwriters is a core part of Arista’s commitment to our brokers. These appointments demonstrate that as Arista continues to grow we remain dedicated to providing the service and support brokers need.”