This edition of International People Moves details the appointments of brokers Ardonagh and QBE Europe.
A summary of these new hires follows here.
Ardonagh Group Announces Senior Management and Structural Shakeup
the Ardonagh Groupthe London-based independent insurance distribution platform, has announced a shake-up of senior management for 2024.
Conor Brennan will take on the new role of executive chairman of Ardonagh International, bringing the entities formerly part of Ardonagh Europe and Ardonagh Global Partners onto one platform supported by a leadership team. He was previously head of Ardonagh Europe and CEO of Arachas Corporate Brokers.
Conor will be with Des O’Connor, former CEO Ardonagh Global Partners, in the new role of chief investment officer international. They are supported by John McCarthy as CFO International, who transferred his responsibilities at Arachas CFO to Martin Mohan.
In Ireland, Joey Wynnewho is currently deputy CEO of Arachas, will step into the Arachas CEO role in accordance with a long-term succession plan (subject to regulatory approval).
Antony Erotocritou will play the role of group chief commercial officer, working with the Chief Executive David RossCFO Diane Cougill and CIO Aurelio Cusaro, in corporate and financial transactions.
Andrew Wallinformer head of M&A group, appointed CEO of Specialty Broking (subject to regulatory approval).
The Ardonagh Group describes itself as a collection of best-in-class entrepreneurial and specialist brands with a combined workforce of more than 10,000 associates and a network spanning 200-plus locations in over in 30 countries.
QBE promoted Purkis to the Continental Europe Distribution Team
Taught by QBE Europe James Purkis of market management executive to help drive the distribution strategy across Continental Europe.
Currently distribution manager for the London market, Purki will start his new role on January 1, 2024, supporting the head of Distribution for Continental Europe Fabian Desch.
Purkis has 35 years of experience in insurance, including 15 years in underwriting at Aviva and 12 years in corporate placement at Marsh. He joined the QBE Client team in 2015, before moving into Distribution where he led the teams in the South of England and most recently the London market.
Reporting to Desch, Purki will help create a distribution strategy that connects Continental European countries through strategic plans. He will also drive greater visibility for QBE in local markets through targeted broker and client engagement.
Purkis, who will start his new role from London, will be based in Madrid from April 2024.
“QBE has grown significantly in Europe recently, with new offices and new products, and we have further ambitions for 2024. I am very pleased to have James on board to help delivering consistent value and excellent service to our brokers and customers,” said Desch, QBE’s head of Distribution for Continental Europe.
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