9 July 2024news

Davies appoints new group CFO

Davies has appointed Amber Wilkinson as group chief financial officer (CFO). Wilkinson will join Davies later this year, reporting directly to group chief executive Dan Saulter, as well as joining the firm’s group executive committee.  

She succeeds Davies’ senior executive, Tony Debiase, who will step down following 12 years in the CFO seat.

Wilkinson joins Davies from global law firm, DLA Piper, where she has served as CFO since 2021. Prior to DLA Piper, she spent more than a decade at AXA in senior leadership roles, including CFO of AXA Health, CFO of Bluefin Insurance, and head of mergers and acquisitions for AXA UK & Ireland.  A chartered accountant, Wilkinson trained at PwC in London spending time in the firm’s audit and corporate finance practices.

Davies’ CFO appointment comes on the back of the firm announcing a £1.5 billion refinance of its senior debt facilities, reducing its annual interest bill and extending maturities to 2031 as well as securing a new credit line to support its M&A, technology and AI ambitions.

Commenting on her new appointment, Wilkinson said: “I am excited to be joining Davies as Group CFO at what is a pivotal time, as the business seeks to further internationalise, and invest in technology and client service. Davies has delivered impressive growth over the past decade, while also holding on to a great culture, supported by its employee ownership programmes. I look forward to working with Dan and the wider leadership team as we deliver for our clients and stakeholders.”

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