Direct Line Group appoints Simon Linares as HR Director

Direct Line Group today announces the appointment of Simon Linares as Human Resources Director.  Simon will be a member of the Executive team and report into the Chief Executive Officer, Paul Geddes.

Simon was previously Group HR Director for ITV, having joined from Telefonica where he was HRD for their digital businesses globally. Prior to that Simon was Group HRD of O2’s European businesses, having had previous success in senior HR roles with Diageo.

Paul Geddes, CEO, Direct Line Group says:
“I am delighted to welcome Simon to our team. He brings extensive experience from consumer and digital businesses which will be invaluable to Direct Line Group as we continue our transformation.”

Simon will start on 1 September 2014.


For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Thomas
Head of Financial Communications
Direct Line Group 
Tel: +44 (0) 1651 831686

Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Direct Line Group is headquartered in Bromley. The Group has operations in the UK, Italy and Germany. Through its number of well known brands the Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. The Group also provides insurance services for third party through its partnerships division, Brand Partners. In the commercial sector, the Group’s NIG and Direct Line for Business operations offer insurance products for businesses distributed through brokers or direct, respectively.