The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is to establish two specialist teams within its business development function, focusing on the financial services market and on the general insurance and international markets.

In particular the CII is placing an increasing emphasis on growing its presence in the life and pensions sector. Products and services aimed specifically at the banking and building society markets are being developed and a new faculty of life and pensions is shortly to be formally launched.

Steve Jenkins has joined the CII in the new position of business development director - financial services market to lead this team. He brings over 20 years experience to the role gained at AXA Sun Life, latterly as head of strategic partnerships, where he held a range of sales leadership roles, involving business to business and partnership projects in the adviser and the banking/building society sectors.

Paul Brierley has become business development director – general insurance and international markets and will continue to lead the CII's developments in the insurance and broking sectors. He will also oversee the launch of the CII's new faculty of underwriting and risk.

Both teams report to CII group marketing and sales director Lee Gladwell who said, “We have ambitious plans to build on the CII Group's success and are determined to deliver even greater value to our customers. To do this we need to have the right structure in place and I am delighted to have two market experts in Paul and Steve to drive our strategy forward.”