A new role of UK chief executive has been created by global travel insurance provider Cover-More Group.

Ernesto Suarez assumes the position following his firm Halo Insurance Services – owner of iCarhireinsurance.com – being taken over by Cover-More and Zurich Insurance in 2017.

He will continue as chief executive of Halo alongside the new UK responsibilities.

The appointment comes as Cover-More, which sells through the trade, plans for growth across the travel insurance, rental car insurance and travel services businesses.

Suarez will be responsible for all aspects of the business and specifically on accelerating the growth of the Cover-More brand, launching new travel insurance and related services.

David White, Cover-More chief executive Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are thrilled to promote Ernesto into this new role. He is the ideal leader to grow our UK market presence further.

“Ernesto founded Halo Insurance in 2009 and his entrepreneurial expertise and in-depth knowledge of this market will be invaluable to support our ambitions of this key market.

“As a group, we have launched several market-leading innovations to travellers across Asia, Latin America and North America and Ernesto will be embedding these offerings and identifying new opportunities to deliver innovation and value to our customers and partners, as we look to 2020 and beyond.”

London-based Suarez added: “I’m delighted to be leading our exceptional UK team into their next phase of growth.

“As a business we have many exciting opportunities ahead of us, while internally we are developing more innovations to bring to market.”