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[January 15, 2013]

New Appointments Strengthen Innovation Group's Growing North America Software Business

FARMINGTON, CT, Jan 15, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Innovation Group plc (Innovation Group) today announced three new appointments for the North America Insurer Software business with Martyn Sutton named Chief Sales Officer, Tom Mann named Chief Operating Officer and Denise Garth promoted to EVP NA Strategic Marketing & Industry Relations and Head of Global Market Strategy.

"Strong market reviews for the re-launch of Innovation Insurer last year, coupled with our flexible, affordable pricing and modern delivery options, have created strong interest and demand for the solution across all tiers of insurers," said Euan King, CEO, Innovation Group's North American Software Group. "This demand has been further accelerated by the latest updates to Innovation Insurer which make it one of the most robust, end-to-end core insurance solutions for all lines of business. These appointments strengthen the North America team, and demonstrate our commitment to developing, marketing, selling and delivering a leading software platform for future-ready insurers that enables innovation, insight and performance." In his role as Chief Sales Officer, Sutton is now responsible for sales, pre-sales, business development and re-seller relationships in the North America market. He has extensive experience and a successful track record in insurance software, including roles as president of Rebus' operations in North America, prior to their acquisition by XChanging. Sutton spent six years as U.S. Country Manager and Global Head of Sales for XChanging Insurance Services, where he worked until 2010. Most recently, Sutton was Global Head of Sales for Exigen Insurance Solutions.

As Chief Operating Officer, Mann will be focused on developing our delivery capabilities to take advantage of our pipeline of opportunities. He will also be responsible for operational management, risk management, resource management and training. His successful background in program and project delivery of software for insurers will enhance Innovation Group's implementation and delivery capabilities for Innovation Insurer.

In her expanded role, Garth will continue to participate as a leading member of Innovation Group's North American Executive team driving strategic marketing and industry relations for the company's North America Business Services and Insurer Software businesses. Garth works closely with the NA Sales teams, participating in the product strategy group for Innovation Insurer and driving key partnerships for the technology business as well as heading up global market strategy as a key member of the Global Marketing and Communications team. Utilizing her 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and her work with the key influencers in the market, Innovation Group will rely on Garth for industry analyst relations, product marketing and marketing intelligence on a global basis.

About The Innovation Group plc: The Innovation Group plc (LSE: TIG.L) is a global provider of business process outsourcing and technology solutions to the insurance, fleet and automotive industries. Innovation Group provides contact centres, repair networks, process management, supply chain and technology operations and decision support analytics to support accident management, repair and estimation and claims management services. Innovation Group has over 800 global clients including AXA Insurance, RSA, Encompass, Esurance, Hertz, Main Street America Group, American Modern Insurance Group, LeasePlan, The Ford Motor Company, Aviva, Toyota and Zurich.

The Group processes more than 4 million claims per year with 20 per cent direct claims cost saving achieved. Innovation Group's 2,300 people are located in the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain and United States. Contact: Innovation Group Jennifer Overhulse St. Nick Media Services +1 859-803-6597 SOURCE: Innovation Group

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