Hiscox hires Erica Fletcher as global head of diversity and inclusion

Insurer Hiscox has appointed Erica Fletcher as its new global head of diversity and inclusion (D&I).

Fletcher will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, and will report to Laila Gillies, Hiscox’s US HR director. Her responsibilities will involve building on a formal D&I programme that the company has been running since 2017, which has the goal of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation.

Previously, Fletcher held a global D&I leadership role at Avanade, which is a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. In this role, she designed strategies that improved diversity across gender, race and other demographics, driving inclusion and equity across the organisation, and also oversaw business transformation and change programmes at Accenture in various global HR operations roles.

Commenting on Fletcher’s appointment, Kate Markham, chief executive for Hiscox London Market and executive sponsor of D&I at Hiscox, said: “Erica brings great experience and vision to help us build on our D&I foundations and allow everyone who works here to be comfortable being themselves and have the opportunity to thrive whatever their background, or how they choose to live their lives.”

Fletcher added: “Hiscox has committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and I’m looking forward to progressing the many initiatives already in place as well as introducing new ideas that can help the business meet its D&I aims. It’s an exciting brand to work for and it is evident that there is widespread support and recognition for what an effective D&I agenda can achieve in terms of talent retention and recruitment, but also in delivering products and services more reflective of a changing society.”