Assurant Solutions, a global provider of mobile protection products and services, today announced the appointment of Gilles Giacosa to the role of Senior Vice President of Strategy and Strategic Initiatives for its Connected Living division.

Gilles has an extensive background in the telecommunications industry. Before joining Assurant Solutions he served for 15 years with Madrid-based Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. While at Telefónica, Gilles focused on developing new businesses in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. He also managed Telefónica’s wireless network launch in Mexico, including the devices and commercial operations. Most recently, he was based in São Paulo, Brazil, serving as Vice President of Customer Service and Supply Chain for Telefónica’s Latin American markets, leading the transformation and optimization of the customer value chain.

“Gilles is a strategic and valuable addition to Assurant Solutions and our Connected Living business,” said Manny Becerra, president of Connected Living, Assurant Solutions. “His depth of experience in Europe and Latin America and deep knowledge of the mobile business will help us provide our clients with key insights into strengthening their competitive advantage, staying connected to current customers and reaching new prospects.”

Giacosa added, “Consumers across the globe are looking ahead to a highly-connected future where they will be increasingly dependent on the electronics they own. Assurant Solutions understands the importance of preparing clients and consumers for that future. I’m looking forward to sharing this vision with my new colleagues, drawing upon the strength of Assurant’s product development expertise and loyal client relationships to create unparalleled global partnerships.”

Giacosa graduated as a Telecom Engineer in Grande École Supélec in Paris, France.