Transitions: February 2014

Some major appointments in recent weeks have pointed to new focuses for some established firms.

Aon

Jennifer Richards, previously the Client Director of Aon M&A Solutions, has been promoted to head up Aon Risk Solutions’ new Financial Specialties segment. As Managing Director, Richards will head a team of 30 and report to new CEO Lambros Lambrou.

Richards will be responsible for shaping the strategy of the new segment, a conglomeration of the firm’s financial lines divisions.

“I am confident that Jennifer’s experience and strong leadership skills will ensure even greater success for our expanded segment and its clients,” Lambrou says. “It’s particularly pleasing to be able to assign leadership of this important segment from within our own Aon ranks. It’s a real endorsement of the unmatched capability of our people and our leadership position in the market.”

Gadens

Insurance specialist and former Moray & Agnew partner David Howarth has joined Gadens Sydney office as special counsel.

As well as experience acting on behalf of several major Australian insurers and a variety underwriters, brokers and claims managers, Howarth has specialist expertise in the areas of personal injury litigation (including complex medical issues), public authority litigation, and coronial inquests.

GSA

Insurance broker GSA has promoted four of its Divisional Managers to the Board of Directors.

Peter Hogan, James Telford, Scott Curley and Nicole Mellick will join Chairman Dr John Hewson and Owner and CEO Paul Hines in setting the organisation’s future path.

Hogan is the group’s Finance Director, Telford the Director of General Insurance and Workers Compensation, Curley the Director of Professional Risks and Trade Credit, while Mellick is the Business Development Director.

XL Group

The global insurance and reinsurance company has boosted its expertise in product recall cover with the appointment of Ian Davidsonas Crisis Management Underwriter.

Davidson previously spent more than five years as Aon’s Crisis Management Placement Director in Sydney.

In the new role he will head the product recall business across Asia Pacific, as well as political violence and kidnap and ransom.

XL Group Asia Pacific Regional Manager Craig Langham says Davidson’s appointment is a deliberate step to ensure the company’s crisis response capability matches the increasing risks the food, beverage and grocery manufacturing industry faces

“Today the industry is Australia’s largest manufacturing sector contributing almost 4% to GDP and further growth is expected,” he says.