Instinctif Partners hires Aon change lead as COO

Instinctif Partners has appointed David Nichols to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

Instinctif Partner's new COO David Nichols.
Instinctif Partner's new COO David Nichols.

Nichols will be responsible for "driving operational efficiencies" across the whole group following a period in which the business has grown through M&A. 

He joins from Aon, where he was responsible for overseeing the insurance company’s change portfolio for the UK health and benefits business. He also shaped some of the larger change programmes for Aon across EMEA and globally.

Previously, Nichols held senior change and IT programme roles at Deutsche Bank and HSBC.

Instinctif Partners CEO Tim Linacre said: "I am delighted to welcome David to the Instinctif Partners team and his wealth of experience in transforming operations will help to shape and further enhance the business going forward."

The appointment follows a period of change at Instinctif, including new ownership and a restructured leadership team.

In September, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, LDC, replaced Vitruvian Partners as the PR agency's principle backer, which led to Linacre's role changed from group MD to CEO.

In July, Instinctif named Lucy Cronin as its new global public policy chief, while a month earlier the consultancy made two managing partner promotions in its UK business. 

Nick Woods, who leads the financial services team, became the company’s youngest managing partner, and Melanie Toyne-Sewell was promoted to managing partner within the firm’s life sciences team.

A year ago, former CEO Richard Nichols moved to deputy chairman after Linacre's promotion to group MD.

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