Ki appoints Chief Technology Officer

Ki appoints Chief Technology Officer

Ki, the first fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd’s syndicate, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Hodgson to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer. Richard will sit on the Ki Executive Committee.

Richard will be responsible for leading Ki’s technology strategy and execution, including its engineering function, helping the business in its mission to define the future of digital trading in the market.

Richard brings 18 years’ experience in technology, with significant expertise in building UX (user experience), working with complex data sets and developing algorithmic business models. Previously, Richard was CTO of Bricklane, an online residential property investment platform where he was a member of the founding team. Prior to this, he held technical architect and senior engineering roles at Conde Nast and the BBC.

Richard will begin his role 23 August, reporting into James Birch, Development Director.

Mark Allan, CEO, Ki said: “At Ki, we are taking a technology first approach to underwriting. We are therefore delighted that Richard joins Ki in the newly created role of CTO. Richard will bring an entrepreneurial approach and proven experience in scaling technology in a high-growth business as we look to continually explore new opportunities to provide a best-in-class and differentiated digital service to the market.”

James Birch, Development Director, Ki commented: “Bringing in a highly regarded CTO in Richard exemplifies our technology-enabled approach to underwriting. I look forward to working with Richard, who has the relevant experience to provide vision and leadership in implementing the technological development needed to support of Ki’s strategic vision.”

Richard Hodgson said: “Ki represents a unique opportunity to apply a technology driven mindset to a well-established market. What the Ki team have achieved to date is unique for the market and illustrates a case study for success in the UK start-up ecosystem. I'm excited to join Ki's talented team in further developing the platform and helping to grow the business.”