Deepak Jobaputra is moving to a newly-created chief sustainability officer role for the whole Vitality group with Justin Skinner stepping in as managing director of VitalityLife.
Jobanputra has been with VitalityLife, which was formerly PruProtect, since 2007 with his positions including actuarial and product director, deputy CEO and then managing director.
He previously held roles at Legal & General, Gen Re and Swiss Re before joining the insurer.
Vitality said Jobanputra had been instrumental in building the business with contributions across product design, reinsurance and underwriting.
“He will now drive the sustainability strategy from the top of the business, remaining part of Vitality’s group executive committee,” it added.
Skinner has been group chief risk officer at Vitality having joined the business four years ago.
His vacant position will be filled by Kirsty Leece, who has been deputy chief risk officer since joining earlier this year from Willis Towers Watson, where she specialised in risk management and led the UK Life risk proposition.
Skinner and Leece’s appointments are subject to regulatory approval.
‘Make a greater impact’
Vitality group chief executive officer Neville Koopowitz said: “Deepak’s deep understanding of our business combined with his credibility as a leader makes him the ideal candidate to help drive our sustainability strategy as we step up our ambition this year.
“We have been a purpose-driven organisation from the start with our business model built on creating a virtuous circle that delivers value to members, our business and wider society.
“We now want to make an even greater impact addressing some of society’s biggest challenges.”
Koopowitz also welcomed Skinner into his position leading VitalityLife, noting he was an accomplished actuary with extensive risk and capital experience.
“Justin’s appointment places VitalityLife in a strong position as it enters a new chapter of growth,” he said.
“Having served as Vitality’s group chief risk officer for the past four years, he brings a wealth of business knowledge and industry experience to the role.”
He continued: “Kirsty’s extensive risk expertise will help to further strengthen our risk and compliance capabilities across all of our businesses.
“Since joining Vitality a few months ago, she has immersed herself in the business and added a huge amount of value in a very short time.”