Ian Cohen, former CIO of Associated Newspapers, has been appointed as CIO for risk and insurance specialists Jardine Lloyd Thomson. Cohen's career has centred on financial services and the media and this is a return to the financial sector after his stints at the Financial Times and Associated.

Cohen starts as CIO at the London based company immediately. Mike Methley, COO of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Management Services said, "This new role demonstrates ongoing commitment to and focus on the importance of IT."
Cohen said of his new role in a statement: "The insurance industry as a whole is increasingly looking to exploit technology to create innovative new solutions and deliver a more seamless client experience, whilst also improving the efficiency of the its overall operation.

Cohen left Associated Newspapers in October 2008 following a restructuring which brought its national and local newspaper IT divisions into a single organisation named Associated Newspapers IT. The new division, headed by David Henderson is responsible for IT at the Daily Mail and General Trust national papers division, as well as the Northcliffe Media local newspaper publishers.

Cohen joined Associated Newspapers in 2005 after having been CIO of the Financial Times. He joined the FT from the banking sector where he had been delivering e-commerce to the Lloyds TSB group.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group is a specialist in risk and employee benefit consultation. It's a London Stock Exchange listed company that has a global presence in the risk and insurance market, employing 5,500 people in 120 different countries.