Gallagher today announced it is launching energy and power risk services for clients in the Middle East. To lead this new practice, Gallagher has appointed Jack Wishart as Divisional Director & Head of Risk Engineering for the region. Currently Vice President, Risk Engineer, at Marsh in the UAE, he will join Gallagher in February 2023, and play a key role in expanding Gallagher’s energy and power offering.
Jack has extensive risk engineering experience in supporting energy clients at both construction and operational stages in refining, petrochemicals, oil terminals and gas processing. He has worked with businesses across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, North America and South East Asia. His experience includes undertaking underwriting surveys, benchmarking reports, loss prevention seminars and process safety assessments.
Before moving into insurance, Jack held a number of roles at ExxonMobil including as a Process Engineer, a Site Energy Coordinator and Crude Oil Scheduler at Fawley Oil Refinery in the UK.
The expansion of the team and the addition of risk engineering services in the Middle East builds on Gallagher’s existing global energy practice, which employs over 100 risk professionals and handles upstream, downstream, power and renewable energy risks for clients across the world.
Commenting on his appointment, Jack said: “I am thrilled to be joining Gallagher and to be building its energy and power risk engineering team in the Middle East & Africa. With Gallagher’s growing portfolio of energy customers in the region my experience will be highly relevant and I’m excited by this opportunity to develop and deliver enhanced technical expertise and value in this important area of risk management.”
Senior Executive Officer of Gallagher in the Middle East & Africa, Nadim Semaan added: “The appointment of Jack reinforces our strategy of investing in industry-leading individuals to provide our existing clients with unrivalled expertise. He brings with him an in-depth understanding of current and emerging risks faced by energy firms and the latest products, tools and techniques available to manage those risks. Energy is a large and growing industry in the Middle East and we plan to further build our team and services during 2023.”