Davies, a specialist professional services and technology company, has appointed Amber Wilkinson as group CFO. 

Wilkinson will join Davies from global law firm DLA Piper later this year, reporting directly to group CEO Dan Saulter, and join the firm’s group executive committee. 

She succeeds Davies’s senior executive, Tony Debiase, who will step down following 12 years in the CFO seat.

She has served as CFO at DLA Piper since 2021. She also spent more than a decade at AXA in senior leadership roles, including CFO of AXA Health, CFO of Bluefin Insurance, and head of mergers and acquisitions for AXA UK & Ireland. 

The appointment comes on the back of Davies announcing a £1.5 billion refinance of its senior debt facilities, reducing its annual interest bill and extending maturities to 2031 as well as securing a new credit line to support its M&A, technology and AI ambitions.

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“I am excited to be joining Davies as group CFO at what is a pivotal time, as the business seeks to further internationalise, and invest in technology and client service,” said Wilkinson.

“Davies has delivered impressive growth over the past decade, while also holding on to a great culture, supported by its employee ownership programmes. I look forward to working with Dan and the wider leadership team as we deliver for our clients and stakeholders.”

In the past 10 years Davies has grown its revenues 25-fold, and now boasts 8,500+ staff operating in 20+ countries, with large operational centres in the UK & US. 

The business delivers professional services and technology solutions across the insurance and financial services value chain, including excellence in claims, underwriting, distribution, regulation & risk, dispute resolution, customer experience, human capital, digital transformation & change management.

Saulter added: “I am thrilled that we have been able to attract someone of Amber’s calibre and ambition to Davies, and I am delighted to welcome her as our new group CFO. 

“Amber’s experience in international business, professional services, insurance, and M&A is a great fit for Davies as we seek to execute an ambitious future strategy. I am also very grateful to Tony for his long and distinguished service at Davies. We all wish him the best for the future.”

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