Gallagher Re Taps Bowen of Aon as Scientific Director; Aon Names Jursa CEO of Commercial Risk, Czech Republic; Gridel joins Howden M&A to lead business development in Europe

This edition of International People Moves details appointments at Gallagher Re, Aon and Howden M&A.

A summary of these new recruits follows here.

Gallagher Re appoints Bowen d’Aon as Chief Scientific Officer

Gallagher Rethe global reinsurance broker, announced that it has appointed Steve Bowen to the newly created post of scientific director within Global Analytics & Advisory.

Based in Chicago and with a global role, Bowen will also work closely with Gallagher’s new research center – launched last week – Global Catastrophe Analytics, and the Climate and ESG teams and will join the company on October 3, 2022.

With a scientific background in meteorology and business analysis, Bowen began his career in television before transferring his skills to the insurance industry in 2007. He joins after 15 years at Aon, where he most recently served as Managing Director and Head of Catastrophe Insight. , for the broker’s Impact Forecasting team. A frequent contributor to government agencies, universities and industry groups, Bowen is highly respected and well known in the field of risk and insurance as an expert in his field and has co-authored several peer-reviewed journals. reading.

“Steve’s addition to our team of hands-on, solution-focused, data-driven specialists ensures Gallagher Re clients and the general public get objective, fact-based assessments of evolving risks arising from climate change. “, commented brian EnglishPresident of Global Analytics & Advisory, Gallagher Re.

Steve Bowen

“As the global risk horizon looks increasingly turbulent, Gallagher Re is fully provisioned to help our clients successfully navigate the future. We are delighted to welcome Steve on board.

“We live in a solution-oriented world. The growing and widespread impacts of climate change and natural hazards are becoming more evident by the day, and it is essential to innovate and communicate clearly on the evolution of risks. I am delighted to join the Gallagher Re family where there is a strong commitment to working collectively to help customers better understand their view of risk,” said Bowen.

“We will strive to help move the conversation on climate change forward by collaborating with various private and public sector entities to develop and provide actionable thought leadership. It’s an exciting time to be a scientist in the insurance industry,” he added.

The Global Analytics & Advisory Center of Excellence works with Gallagher Re thought leaders to develop and strengthen intellectual property to meet future customer needs, ensure they benefit from the best of the collective capabilities of the broker and share best practices among its regional businesses.


Aon appoints Jursa CEO of Commercial Risk Solutions, Czech Republic

Aon plca global leader in professional services, announced that it has appointed Michael Jursa CEO of Commercial Risk Solutions in the Czech Republic

Jursa has more than 20 years of experience in commercial and management positions in the field of corporate banking and financial services, where he held various positions in companies such as ING Bank NV, Komerční banka as and Wood & Co. Financial Services as Over the past 13 years, he has held various management positions at UniCredit. Most recently, Jursa was Executive Director and Managing Director of UniCredit Fleet Management, sro, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

“We are delighted to welcome Michal to Aon,” said vlad bobko, CEO of Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East for Aon’s Commercial Risk Solutions. “With over 13 years of leadership experience, he brings a strong focus on colleagues and clients and a successful business development background. Michal’s strategic expertise will be a great addition to our team as we continue to help our clients make better decisions in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Jursa holds an MBA in General Management from City University of Seattle.


Gridel joins Howden M&A to lead European business development

Mergers and Acquisitions Howdenthe international insurance broker M&A and structured solutions, announced the appointment of Charles-Henri Gridel as Associate Director, Business Development Europe. Gridel brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry, his appointment reflecting Howden M&A’s commitment to expanding its European platform.

Charles-Henri Gridel

Gridel will lead the business development function across continental Europe, building Howden M&A’s brand profile with investment funds, lawyers, M&A bankers, corporates and the financial services industry. He will also be responsible for the development of the client portfolio for M&A insurance solutions, including guarantee and indemnification, title and real estate risks, tax risks and structuring, environmental matters and contingent risks.

Gridel will join Howden M&A in September this year.

Gridel began his career in marketing at BNP Paribas before joining international law firm Gide as part of the Business Development team, holding positions in Paris and Shanghai during his tenure. Most recently, Gridel was Head of Business Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Herbert Smith Freehills and a member of the company’s EMEA Executive Committee.

A graduate of EM Lyon School of Management, Gridel holds a Master’s degree in Law from Panthéon Assas University.

The integration of Gridel marks a significant new senior hire for Howden in France, following the appointment of Nicholas Aubert as CEO of France earlier this year.

“The appointment of Charles-Henri reinforces our commitment to the French M&A market and our continued ambition to strengthen Howden’s position in Europe. We are delighted to have Charles-Henri by our side and welcome the local and on-the-ground support he will provide as part of our development strategy for the region,” commented Lucie Bocel, Co-Head, Howden M&A, France.

Drew Wardrope, Managing Director of Howden M&A, said: “Charles-Henri’s appointment reflects Howden M&A’s broader strategy of investing in talent and expertise. His proven track record and business development experience in the professional services industry will make him an invaluable addition to our growing M&A insurance team in Paris.

Howden M&A is part of HowdenCAP, the new capital, advisory and investment business that provides solutions for the convergence of the insurance and capital markets space to corporate clients, investors and all non- -(re)insurers in the financial services sector. They are all part of Howden Broking.

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