Milena Mondini de Focatiis to succeed David Stevens as CEO of Admiral Group

Milena Mondini de Focatiis to succeed David Stevens as CEO of Admiral Group

(PRESS RELEASE) CARDIFF, UK, 5-Mar-2020 — /EuropaWire/ — Admiral Group plc announces the retirement of its Chief Executive Officer. David Stevens has notified the Board of his intention to retire from his position as Group CEO and as a director in 12 months’ time.

In 1991, David co-founded Admiral and has been Group CEO since May 2016. After the transition period, David will continue to work for the Group in a part-time advisory capacity.

The Group’s current Head of UK and European Insurance, Milena Mondini de Focatiis, will succeed David following the completion of a thorough selection process and in line with the Board’s long-term succession plan. Milena will be promoted to Group CEO-Designate and will join the Board as an executive director in due course. She will assume the CEO role after the transition period.

Having joined Admiral in 2007, Milena has extensive experience of the Group’s operations. She has been a member of the leadership team throughout her time at Admiral and and actively contributed at Board meetings as an observer since 2011. Milena was also the CEO of Admiral’s Italian insurance business,, which she founded in 2008. Most recently, she was appointed Head of UK and European Insurance in July 2019.

Previously, Milena worked as a consultant for Bain & Co and Accenture before joining Admiral. She holds an MBA from INSEAD.

“It is hard to sum up the amazing contribution that David has made to the Group over the last 27 years. As one of the founders he has overseen the business grow from a standing start to become one of the UK’s largest motor insurers, employing over 10,000 people, serving seven million customers and with a market value today of over £6 billion.

“David isn’t going just yet and I don’t want to use up all my accolades until he actually steps down in 12 months’ time. David brings a unique combination of great brainpower, integrity, innovation, caring and humility. As an individual, his compassion for colleagues and customers alike encapsulates Admiral’s approach and ethos. Suffice to say, it continues to be a real pleasure to work with him.

“Having been through a comprehensive and robust succession process, the Board is confident that in Milena we have a natural successor and a leader for the next generation. We have a wealth of management talent at Admiral and bringing this through has always been a central pillar to Admiral’s management philosophy as the business evolves alongside its customers. Milena brings a deep appreciation of the special Admiral culture, entrepreneurial spirit, commercial track record and people development skills,” said Admiral Group Chair, Annette Court.

“Few managers are lucky enough to be part of as fulfilling a corporate story as Admiral. Alongside my sense of good fortune and gratitude to those who made it possible, notably, Admiral’s founder Henry, and my many talented colleagues over the years, I feel a responsibility to do what’s best for the long-term future of Admiral. That’s why I am looking to pass on stewardship of Admiral to a very talented next generation of Admiral management led by Milena Mondini. They are collectively more than capable, not just of sustaining, but also of improving Admiral’s competitive competence and potent culture.

“I am particularly glad that, in Milena, I have a successor who has the intelligence, the values, the track record and the clarity of vision to take on the role of Group CEO, and ensure that Admiral will continue to “go like a freight train” in the years to come,” said David Stevens.

“I am immensely proud and humbled to be given the opportunity to succeed David as CEO of a truly special company. During my 13 years with the Group I have worked closely with David, and previously Henry, and look forward to building on their legacy. Admiral has a unique culture with staff and customers at its core, which has underpinned its track-record of growth and success. The responsibility of ensuring this remains the case into the future is a challenge I am excited to take on.

“Thank you, David, for everything you’ve done for Admiral, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with you during the transition,” said Milena Mondini de Focatiis.


David will continue to receive his current annual salary of £416,048 (increasing to £426,449 with effect from 1 September 2020) plus pension contributions of around £4,000 per annum and modest benefits as outlined in the remuneration report for the twelve-month transition period.  No further payments in relation to his services as a director of Admiral will be made after his retirement.  This is consistent with the Group’s remuneration policy and the information is provided for the purposes of section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006

Information on Milena’s remuneration as CEO-Designate and CEO will be provided in due course.

Board composition

Following Milena’s appointment to the Board, its membership will comprise:

Non-executive Chair:
Annette Court

Executive Directors:
David Stevens (Group CEO)
Milena Mondini de Focatiis (Group CEO-Designate)
Geraint Jones (Chief Financial Officer)

Independent Non-Executive Directors:

Mike Brierley
Owen Clarke
Andy Crossley
Karen Green
Jean Park
Justine Roberts
Manning Rountree

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014.

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SOURCE: Admiral Group Plc

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