23 April 2021

Sedgwick replaces its CEO in Ireland as 24-year veteran steps into international role

Ruth Leggett has been named as chief executive officer (CEO) of Sedgwick in Ireland, with Malcolm Hughes, who formerly held the role, becoming international executive director, while also remaining as executive chairman for Ireland.

Leggett was previously chief of staff and deputy CEO for Ireland and has considerable experience integrating teams, empowering colleagues, and advancing organisational development.

She steps into the role vacated by Hughes, who spent 24 years as CEO in Ireland. Mike Arbour, CEO of Sedgwick, praised his industry expertise, insisting his decades of experience will be invaluable in his broader global role.

Leggett joined Sedgwick, a global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, as a graduate trainee in the third-party administration division. She then transferred to colleague resources (CR) where she transformed the strategic capabilities of the department from a primarily administrative group to an integrated resource arm supporting operations nationwide. As head of CR for Ireland, Leggett drove retention, engagement, innovation and efficiency among more than 400 colleagues.

Hughes noted that Leggett has “spent her entire career supporting and empowering Sedgwick colleagues, and she’s made an especially powerful mark in spearheading female leadership development.”

Leggett said: “Throughout my tenure at Sedgwick, I’ve always believed that our people are our most important asset, and a strong and engaged team is vital to our success.”