It’s about time we did some more senior hires and appointments news for you, here goes;
Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy, and people, announced changes to its Executive Committee effective January 1, 2022.
John Doyle has been promoted to Group President and Chief Operating Officer of Marsh McLennan and will continue as Vice Chair of the Company. Mr. Doyle is currently President and CEO of Marsh, a position he assumed in 2017. In his new role, he will work closely with President and CEO Dan Glaser to realize the enterprise’s overall strategic business and operational objectives. The CEOs of Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman will report to Mr. Doyle. He will report to Mr. Glaser.
Martin South, President of Marsh US and Canada, will succeed Mr. Doyle as President and CEO of Marsh. He was also appointed Vice Chair of Marsh McLennan and will join Marsh McLennan’s Executive Committee. Mr. South has more than 30 years of global insurance experience, including serving as CEO for Marsh’s Asia-Pacific region, Marsh UK & Ireland and Marsh Europe.
Dean Klisura, President of Guy Carpenter, has been named President and CEO of Guy Carpenter, succeeding Peter Hearn. He was also appointed Vice Chair of Marsh McLennan and will succeed Mr. Hearn on Marsh McLennan’s Executive Committee. Mr. Klisura had been with Marsh for nearly 30 years, serving in executive leadership roles in Marsh’s Global Placement and Advisory Services and Global Specialties businesses before joining Guy Carpenter last year.
Peter Hearn, currently CEO of Guy Carpenter, will continue in his role as Vice Chair of Marsh McLennan, focusing on sales and colleague development initiatives. Mr. Hearn will continue to report to Mr. Glaser.
Dominic Burke, Vice Chair of Marsh McLennan, will retire in mid-January. Mr. Burke, former CEO of Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), joined Marsh McLennan following its acquisition of JLT in 2019.
Gallagher has appointed Adam Finch as Managing Director of landlord and property specialist Rentguard.
Rentguard, part of Gallagher’s SME and personal lines offering within its UK Retail division, was acquired by Gallagher in 2019 and provides property insurance products and services primarily to the residential and commercial lettings market. With a UK-wide customer base of over 120,000, Rentguard works with brokers, landlords, letting agents and independent financial advisors, as well as directly with homeowners.
Adam will be responsible for leading the 80-strong team based at Rentguard’s Brentford headquarters. He will report into Barry Duffin, Managing Director of Gallagher’s specialist SME and personal lines brands.
Adam will initially be focused on expanding his team, with a recruitment drive planned for the coming months, as well as implementing new digital solutions to enhance the customer journey and increase operational efficiency. Bringing over 30 years’ insurance experience, Adam was most recently Chairman of White Horse Insurance Ireland, part of the Thomas Cook Group. Prior to this, he held senior roles at AIG, HBOS, GE Capital and Cover-More Group, having started his career at General Accident Insurance Company.
Sompo International Holdings Ltd., a global Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announces the appointment of Mike Reid as Executive Vice President, Head of Casualty, International Insurance. He will be based in London and report to Richard Housley, Chief Underwriting Officer, International Insurance.
Julian James, Chief Executive Officer, International Insurance at Sompo International, said: “Mike is the perfect fit for Sompo International; he is experienced, ambitious and entrepreneurial and joins us at a pivotal moment on our growth journey. He will lead an established team that diversifies by product and distribution, including delegated authority solutions to SMEs and an open market book focused on larger clients. Mike will have responsibility for building out our international casualty business, working across our operations in the UK, Europe and around the world, to deliver solutions that meet the liability risks enterprises face today and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with our clients and brokers.”
Market leading insurtech, Concirrus, has further bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of Brian MacInnes as Chief Analytics Officer.
Brian is a well-recognised figure in the insurance industry having spent the last 12 years at Aon, most recently focused on building out Portfolio Solutions and analytics capabilities within the broker’s London Market wholesale insurance business. At Concirrus, he will own the role of analytics ambassador in the market, and drive an ambitious analytics strategy for the business, leveraging his experience across major global specialties.
Commenting on his new appointment, Brian says: “Currently, there is often a lack of alignment and subsequent barriers in the partnership that is required between technical data and analytics capabilities and the trading environment, to ensure the business-led development and use of analytics. This also limits the opportunity to maximise the impact from innovation and new technology to drive meaningful change at pace.
The Jensten Group has appointed Steve Folkard as Group Risk and Compliance Director, effective 1st December 2021.
Steve will be responsible for leading the risk and compliance team across the rapidly expanding Jensten Group portfolio. Under Steve’s direction the team will be focused on delivering best in class support to the Group’s franchised and non-franchised broking operations, as well as its wholesale broking and underwriting businesses. His appointment follows a period of rapid growth for the Jensten Group at a time of significant regulatory change across the insurance market.
Steve, who has over 34 years insurance and consultancy experience, joins from the BGL Group where he was Group Compliance Director. Prior to this he was a Director at PWC leading the conduct and compliance team across both wholesale and retail UK insurance markets.
Steve commented: “Jensten is expanding rapidly, and I am looking forward to ensuring the Risk and Compliance function continues to be a key component in ensuring the business can achieve its growth ambitions, provide great value products to its customers and best in class support to its partners.”
Stere, a digital ecosystem designed to tackle speed-to-market, capacity sourcing, and other challenges faced by managing general agents (MGAs), has announced the appointment of Abbey Gallegos as Director of Business Development. Gallegos will focus on onboarding MGAs, generating submissions, and will help implement capacity placement automation as Stere continues its rapid growth.
Gallegos comes to Stere from cyber security and insurance startup Zeguro where she was the first employee and served as Executive Vice President overseeing insurance offerings. Prior to her role at Zeguro, she served as Chief Placement Officer at Willis, overseeing placements of all lines of insurance business. Her experience spans leading specialty underwriting teams to complex and MGA placements. She is a past NAIW NY President, a founding member of PLUS, a frequent speaker on insurance, MGA and startup topics, and is a licensed insurance broker in all 50 states.
“We are thrilled to welcome Abbey to our growing team. With her experience across the entire insurance value chain, from her work with global retailers and carriers to VC-backed MGA startups, she knows what it takes to build a successful program,” said Wiseley, Head of Business Development of Stere. “Abbey will be instrumental in driving industry adoption of Stere’s digital matchmaking process across a wide cross section of the market.” added Kaleli, CEO of Stere.
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, recently announced the appointment of Hugo Wegbrans as Global Head of Broking and Broking Strategy within its Risk and Broking business segment. He will join the company in early 2022.
Hugo joins WTW from Aon, where he has most recently been Leader, Global Strategies, for its Commercial Risk Solutions business. Prior to that, he served as Global Chief Broking Officer. He has spent the majority of his 35-year career with Aon.
Adam Garrard, Global Head of Risk and Broking at Willis Towers Watson, said: “Hugo knows the global broking landscape better than most. He shares our passion for innovation, underpinned by great people and superior data and analytics. He’s a well-respected people leader who helps teams get to the heart of what clients need both now and in the future. We look forward to welcoming him to WTW in the new year.”
Europ Assistance Group (“EA”) appoints Tarik Ajami as General Counsel. Mr. Ajami will report directly to Antoine Parisi, CEO of Europ Assistance Group. Mr. Ajami joined Generali Global Assistance in January 2017 and since then, has transformed the legal and compliance functions for EA’s entities in the United States, resolving complex open regulatory issues and leading numerous strategic initiatives for the group’s US businesses.
According to Antoine Parisi, “We are very pleased to welcome Tarik in the top management team at Europ Assistance Group. He joins us from Generali Global Assistance in the United States where he played a key role in managing major deals in the travel assistance sector. Tarik brings deep and vast knowledge of the legal and compliance issues surrounding assistance. His role will be to not just oversee our legal function, but he will also serve as a key driver of business at the Group level in times of change and growth. This is a great example of career development within Europ Assistance Group.”
Sean Draycott has been appointed as the new Operations Director for Auto Windscreens. Sean, who has worked for the business for 16 years, started as a Technician in North London, moving up the ranks to his previous role as Regional Manager for the South in 2017.
Sean’s role will focus on managing operations for the company and on developing its increasing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibration capacity.
He said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as Operations Director. Auto Windscreens is always changing and growing, it’s an exciting place to work. ADAS is becoming an even bigger focus for us and our industry. I’ll be looking at how our training and development can lead us into the future.”
Managing Director, James MacBeth added: “Sean brings vast knowledge and experience from his previous roles at Auto Windscreens and is an asset in his position, making sure our operations run smoothly and our employees, suppliers and customers are looked after every step of the way.”
HIRE ASSOCIATION EUROPE
Leading trade body for the hire and events industries Hire Association Europe Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Bravery, Managing Director of SHC Hire Centres, as Chairman of the Main Board. Neil takes over the reins from Brian Sherlock of Brandon Hire Station, who stepped down as Chairman after three years in the role.
Neil brings with him extensive experience, having been part of the Tools, Plant & Equipment Board and the HireTrain Committee. He also helped lead the development of the Digger & Dumper Safety Working Group which aims to drive change across the industry and eliminate fatal accidents. As HAE EHA looks onwards and upwards to the future, this new appointment brings with it exciting times ahead as the sector is set for a strong bounce back after the events of the last 18 months.