By Saviour Adugba
Cigna, the global health services provider has shown its commitment to the growth of the insurance industry in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region with the appointment of Jerome Droesch as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the region.
In his new capacity, Jerome’s remit has been expanded to cover all markets across the African sub-region.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of the MEA region, Jerome was the CEO of Cigna Corporation in the Middle East where he helped drive growth and attained stability in the region, also cementing Cigna’s position as an industry leader in the insurance industry.
In his new role, Jerome will be able to drive growth in the African region while strengthening the company’s position in the Middle East.
Jerome’s appointment is expected to help bring about growths in the Middle East and African markets and to create relationships that will allow Cigna offer tailored solutions that will be both accessible and convenient to the market.
Speaking on the development, Jason Sadler, the President, Cigna International Markets said, “Jerome is a seasoned leader with extensive experience driving business growth in the health insurance sector. I am excited to continue working closely with him to further strengthen our presence across the MEA region, through a dedicated consumer-centric approach.”
“Africa has always been a key growth market for Cigna and combining both markets makes sense operationally, since a large number of clients and brokers are unifying their MEA activities.”
“Over the next few years, we aim to strengthen our product portfolio and focus on delivering service excellence to people and businesses across the MEA region.”
Jerome has spent over 28 years in the insurance industry. Before he joined Cigna, he had served in various capacities for AXA. He served as a Regional CEO, CEO of the AXA Insurance Gulf, and rose to serve as CEO, AXA partners before exchanging AXA for Cigna in 2019.
Additionally, Jerome has also been appointed as Chairman of the Cigna Insurance Management Service (CIMS) board and as Senior Executive Officer in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He also retains his role as a Board Member of the company’s joint venture operations in India and Turkey.