London-based insurance start-up Dinghy has announced the appointment of Dorian Zanker as CEO as part of its strategy to accelerate its growth in the UK and international freelancer business insurance market. Dorian has a background in successfully building online insurance distribution platforms and has worked for a number of years for Dinghy’s parent company, the Kingsbridge Group.
Dorian’s appointment is complemented by a number of other important hires, with Andrew Els joining in business development and Julian New and Ross Pounds strengthening the marketing team.
Dinghy has rapidly carved out a distinctive position in the UK insurance industry, thanks to its ground-breaking approach. Established in 2017, the business offers flexible Professional Indemnity insurance cover to freelancers and gig-workers through its ‘mobile-first’ platform, with customers able to flex their coverage depending on their needs. This allows them to save money and remain fully covered even when on holiday or between jobs.
Dinghy has already caused quite a stir in the industry, having been listed as one of the “Ten insurtech start-ups to watch in 2018” by The Insurance Post, as well as one of the “30 best small companies to watch” by The Silicon Review. In addition, Dinghy was recently identified as the most disruptive insurance business in the UK in the ‘Disruption50’ index.
Commenting on his appointment, Dorian said: “In a world increasingly demanding tailored solutions that meet people’s actual insurance requirements, Dinghy is ideally positioned to serve the needs of the UK’s ever-growing community of freelancers and self-employed professionals.
I am therefore delighted to join the team. The work co-founders Edward Woodcock, Robert Hartley and Ben Wilks have done in building Dinghy from the ground up has been outstanding. The potential for growth at Dinghy is huge, and I’m looking forward to working with the whole team on the journey ahead.”