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Thatcham Research appoints new chief executive

Jonathan Hewett Thatcham Research

Thatcham Research has appointed Jonathan Hewett as its new chief executive ahead of celebrations surrounding its 50th anniversary.

Hewett (pictured) will join the company on January 7 and brings his experience of senior management, international and strategic leadership skills from across the insurance, automotive, and financial sectors ahead of the “significant” milestone.

Hewett’s will lead and evolve Thatcham Research’s strategy in a period of exponential technological advancements in connectivity, future automated driving capabilities as well as complex vehicle materials and structures, it said in a statement.

He said: “We are amid once in a lifetime changes to our relationship with cars and mobility in general. The consequent impact on insurers and the automotive sector present enormous opportunities to improve consumer experience and efficiency for businesses.

“Over the last 50 years, Thatcham Research has provided crucial insight and data driven analysis for insurers and the automotive industry as a whole, and I am very much looking forward to working with the team in pursuit of our vision – safer cars and fewer crashes.”

Hewett joins from Octo Telematics where he was global chief marketing officer and drove business growth at board level.

Prior to this, he has held various senior leadership and international roles across the automotive, insurance and finance sectors, including AIG, Dealflo Ltd, Dixons PLC, Post Office Direct, Sainsbury’s Bank and Barclays Bank.

Thatcham Research’s chairman, Graham Gibson, said: “In a period when cars will change out of all recognition as we know them today, I am delighted that Jonathan has been appointed as Chief Executive. He brings considerable knowledge and experience, combined with great leadership skills.”

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