Hampshire and London-based online cat and dog pet insurance
provider Healthy Pets Insurance Limited is further strengthening its management team with the appointment of former Zurich FD Shriyesh Patel.
Shriyesh, 52, from Woking, who has spent virtually his whole working life in finance roles in insurance, joins as non-executive director of Healthy-Pets.
"This underlines our intent to maintain and continue the profitable growth were driving, and secure and advance our position as the leading independent pet insurance provider," said Mark Effenberg, Chief Executive of Healthy Pets Insurance.
Shriyesh, who was born in Nairobi but has lived in England for 39 years, was a member of the founding team of MORE TH>N, and held a number of senior, CFO and director positions at Zurich during his ten years with the insurer. He was also Finance Director for Personal Lines & non-executive director of Endsleigh. He currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Claims Solutions Group of the international law firm DAC Beachcroft.
Said Shriyesh: "Pet insurance is perhaps a sector which often drops under the radar, but it is a market worth 700 million, and one of the few insurance sectors which is growing as pet owners come to appreciate that veterinary treatment may well be getting more sophisticated by the day, but is also becoming more expensive.
"Healthy-Pets Insurance is in a strong position as the original web-based pet insurer - it started online in 1997 - and therefore does not have the legacy costs that many traditional insurers have, enabling us to offer highly-competitive premiums to our customers because our overheads are well-contained which helps achieve profitable growth."
Healthy Pets, an award winning online insurer, is the biggest independent pet insurance provider in the UK, focussing exclusively on cat insurance
and dog insurance
. It consistently offers the most
competitive prices, and has amongst the highest customer satisfaction ratings.