Groupama Insurances, a UK-based general insurer, has appointed Darren Wills as corporate claims director to focus on the development of its claims strategy.

In his new role, Wills will be responsible for claims development, all technical claims teams, including large and complex loss, as well as the counter fraud team.

Wills will report to Groupama Insurances managing director Laurent Matras.

Wills joined Groupama Insurances in January 2007 as claims planning & performance manager, before moving in to the role of Head of Claims Development in January 2011.

Matras said this new role has been created to work hand in hand with the operational teams which remain the responsibility of the Personal and Commercial Lines Directors. It is a key part of their strategy to reposition their claims handling skills in line with their continuing move into specialist markets.