Jayashankar is a B.com graduate with 31 years of experience in Finance/HR & Admin with last 26 years being in the Insurance Broking field.
He began his career way back in 1991 with Gibbs Gulf Insurance Consultants (HSBC Group) which subsequently became a full fledged Insurance Broking Operation called HSBC Insurance Brokers LLC. Within few years of joining the company, He was elevated to the position of Finance Manager looking after the entire finance /administration and IT functions.
In 2000 left HSBC and was involved in the establishment of Insure Direct (Brokers) LLC alongside Ken Maw, in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. In 2006 Insure Direct was sold to Istithmar World the Investment Arm of Dubai World. He was a key party in this M&A deal. During this period the M&A activity extended with the additions of business units in Bahrain, Qatar and Rotterdam in Netherlands, with staffing running over 120.
Apart from routine jobs Jay was actively involved in business development. Jay’s network connections has helped business grow exponentially.
In 2013 Insure Direct group of companies was sold 100% to JLT Group and Jayashankar continued to serve the business until he finally resigned in 2016, after which he was again involved in establishing Refpoint Group along with Ken.
In 2019, Refpoint transformed into a new Insurance Consultancy Practice that is now aiming to become a major game changer in the industry and a true trusted advocacy for commercial and retail consumers.