London, 5 June 2016Arthur J. Gallagher strengthens and expands aviation industry expertise
Arthur J. Gallagher has underlined its commitment to the aviation arena with the appointment of industry stalwarts Mark Champion and Paul Rogers as Divisional Directors.
Bringing a combined market experience of nearly 70 years, the addition of Mark and Paul sees Gallagher continue to invest in the breadth and depth of its aviation expertise, both in terms of class and geographic jurisdiction, diversifying its portfolio to the benefit of clients and insurers alike.
Mark has joined Gallagher this week to begin the next phase of an already long and accomplished career in the London market, which spans more than 30 years. Most recently he served as Regional Director for Continental Europe for Willis Towers Watson. Here he held responsibility for a significant proportion of the aerospace division’s budget, was a member of its leadership team and led a team of 15 while continuing to manage a large portfolio of clients as a risk placement specialist to the airline industry, with a core focus on European Airlines.
Mark began his career at Leslie and Godwin in 1985, before moving to the general aviation division of Willis in 1994.
Paul will join Gallagher later in the summer, bringing nearly 40 years’ London market experience. After an initial stint on the underwriting side, Paul made the transition into broking with Cuthbert Heath where he made his mark as a senior broker specialising in business emanating from the US on a wholesale basis, reinsurance from South America and new business development in Mexico. Upon joining Willis Faber and Dumas in 1984, Paul developed a truly global footprint as a divisional director covering South and Central America, Continental Europe and the Middle East. Latterly he served as both Executive Director and Client Advocate at Willis, retaining accountability for a portfolio of clients within the aviation sector of the transportation practice.
Mark Walters, Executive Director of Aviation for Arthur J. Gallagher, said: “Today’s aviation market is arguably more challenging than ever, but we see that as every reason to grow, expand and develop new products — rather than a reason not to.
“To win out in such a tough market, you need to invest in the best. And there are few more experienced than Mark and Paul, or held in higher regard by clients. The longevity and strength of market relationships they have built and their continued focus on providing a personalised, innovative and responsive end-to-end client service make them ideally suited to join our team.
“I very much look forward to having them on board and ensuring our clients gain the benefit of their extensive expertise.”