New CEO for Westland Insurance, Canada’s largest independent insurance brokerage
October 17, 2022, Surrey, BC/Territories of the Coast Salish (Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen first nation) Territory – Westland Insurance announced today that Jamie Lyons will assume the role of President & Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2023. Current CEO Jason Wubs will transition to the newly created role of Vice Chair, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Initiatives.
Jamie Lyons was promoted to Westland’s President & Chief Operating Officer in 2019. He joined the Company in 2016 as Executive Vice President Insurance, having spent the previous thirteen years at Guy Carpenter & Company Ltd.
“Jamie has a deep knowledge of the industry landscape, strong business acumen and exciting strategic perspectives that will help him take Westland into this next chapter,” says Jason Wubs. “As leaders, we all have a responsibility to think about the future and it’s critical that we plan now to create an organization that can be at the forefront of our industry for decades to come.”
Jason Wubs has been in the role of co-CEO and CEO since 2009. In this time, he has led Westland as it’s grown from a regional company to one of Canada’s largest national brokers with over 2,300 employees and 200 offices coast-to-coast. In his new role, Wubs will focus on continuing to grow Westland through acquisitions, executing on organizational strategy, and cultural initiatives.
“Jason is an extraordinary leader and entrepreneur in the Canadian insurance industry. His track record of success, in combination with his authenticity and humility, define our Company’s culture. He’s one of the reasons I joined Westland, which is a sentiment shared by many at our organization,” says Jamie Lyons. “It’s a privilege to follow him as CEO, especially as Westland continues to write what I believe is one of the most special and unique narratives in Canadian business”.
“On behalf of Westland’s Board of Directors, I’m thrilled that Jamie will be Westland’s new CEO,” says Brenda Eaton, Westland’s Board Chair. “Jason’s tenure as CEO has led to a period of sustained growth for Westland and I’d like to thank him for his strong leadership. Jamie is a proven leader who has the energy and enthusiasm to lead us into the future. The Board and I look forward to working with both Jamie and Jason in their new roles moving forward.”
About Westland Insurance Group
Westland Insurance Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent insurance brokers in Canada. Trading over $2.5 billion of premium, Westland continues to expand coast to coast. Westland’s brokers provide expertise and advisory-based services across commercial, personal, employee benefits, farm, and specialty insurance segments. Since its founding in 1980, Westland has remained a family-owned company that is committed to supporting its clients, industry partners and local communities. For more information, please visit westlandinsurance.ca
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