US based Assurant, which offers specialty insurance and insurance-related products and services, has appointed Jean-Paul L Montupet, chairman of Emerson's Industrial Automation business and president of Emerson Europe, to its Board of Directors.

Assurant’s Board chairman Elaine D Rosen said, "Jean-Paul’s leadership, business technology expertise and international experience add another set of skills as we support and encourage Assurant’s strategic plan for profitable growth."

Additionally, the Assurant Board also named Montupet to its nominating and corporate governance committee.

In 1981, Montupet joined Emerson Electric and has worked in various of senior executive roles at the global technology provider and was most recently named chair of its industrial automation business in July 2012.

Assurant offers specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide market. It has nearly $27bn in assets and $8bn in annual revenue.