Martin Thompson appointed President and CEO of RSA Canada

Toronto, ON (Oct. 3, 2016) – RSA Canada announced today that Martin Thompson has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Martin was appointed President and Acting CEO in July 2016, when the former President and CEO stepped down.

Prior to his appointment to President and CEO, Martin held the position of Senior Vice President, Commercial Insurance and Global Specialty Lines, with RSA Canada. He has been with the RSA Group since 1997, and has held numerous senior leadership roles globally, including Director, Underwriting and Risk for RSA’s Scandinavian operations. Martin is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK and a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He is also a Board Director of The Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC).

Martin Thompson appointed President and CEO of RSA Canada

Comments on the appointment:

  • “The Board of Directors believe that Martin Thompson has the vision and drive to lead RSA into the future,” says George Anderson, Chair, RSA Canada. “He is a well-known and respected presence in the Canadian insurance business and he possesses all the leadership characteristics which are so vital to success in this highly competitive market.”
  • “I am delighted to appoint Martin Thompson as President and CEO of RSA Canada,” says Stephen Hester, CEO, RSA Group. “Since announcing his interim appointment at the end of July, Martin has demonstrated that he has the energy and ambition to drive the Canadian business forward and I am very confident he has the skills and experience to succeed.”
  • “It’s an exciting and challenging time for our business and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead RSA Canada and continue to drive our transformation to be best in class,” says Martin Thompson, President and CEO, RSA Canada. “RSA Canada is a fantastic organization with dedicated and talented people who are focused on delivering results for the business, our customers and our brokers. I know our business very well and will provide confident and decisive leadership for our business moving forward.”

About RSA

With a 300 year heritage, RSA is a multinational quoted insurance group. Focusing on general insurance, RSA’s core markets are the UK & Ireland, Scandinavia and Canada, with the capability to write insurance business across the globe. RSA’s core businesses have around 13,500 employees with net written premiums of £5.7bn in 2015.

About RSA Canada

RSA Canada is one of the oldest insurance companies in the country with roots dating back to 1833. The RSA Canada group of companies includes Roins Financial Services Limited, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance Company, Johnson Inc., Unifund Assurance Company, Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd., Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company and RSA Travel Insurance Inc. (collectively, “RSA Canada”) and is part of RSA Insurance Group Plc.

Johnson Inc. is a proud member of the RSA Canada Group. The company is headquartered in St. John’s and employs more than 1400 people across the country. For more information, visit

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