Canopius Group, a privately-owned international insurance and reinsurance group, has appointed Inga Beale as CEO with effect from 3 January 2012.

In her role, Inga will assume ultimate responsibility for all of Canopius’s business operations in the UK and overseas.

Inga will lead the group’s efforts to further elevate the performance of Canopius’s underwriting and distribution businesses.

She will report to Michael Watson, currently chairman and CEO, who becomes executive chairman.

Watson said that they believe the scale and complexity of Canopius now require that they add an additional member to their most senior ranks to oversee the next stage of their development.

The company said Jim Giordano continues in his role as group chief underwriting officer.