Gallagher Re appoints Aon’s Bowen as Chief Science Officer; Aon appoints Jursa as CEO of Commercial Risk, Czech Republic; Gridel Joins Howden M&A to Lead Europe Biz Devel


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

An overview of these new employees follows here.

Gallagher Re Appoints Aon’s Bowen as Chief Science Officer

Gallagher Rethe global reinsurance broker, has announced that it Steve Bowen to the newly created position of chief science officer within Global Analytics & Advisory.

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

With a scientific background in meteorology and business analysis, Bowen began his career in broadcast television before transferring his skills in the insurance industry in 2007. After 15 years at Aon, most recently serving as General Manager and Head of Catastrophe Insight, for the broker’s Impact Forecasting team. A regular with government agencies, academia and industry groups, Bowen is highly respected and well known across the risk and insurance spectrum as an expert in his field and is a co-author of several peer-reviewed journals.

“Steve’s addition to our team of hands-on, solution-driven, data-driven specialists ensures Gallagher Re’s customers and the general public receive objective, evidence-based assessments of the evolving risks posed by climate change,” the commentary said. Brian Englishpresident of Global Analytics & Advisory, Gallagher Re.

Steve Bowen

“As the world’s risk horizon looks increasingly turbulent, Gallagher Re is fully equipped to help our customers navigate the future successfully. We are delighted to welcome Steve on board.”

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“We live in a solution-oriented world. The growing and far-reaching impacts of climate change and natural hazards are becoming clearer by the day, and there is a critical need to innovate and clearly communicate how risks are evolving. I am excited to join the Gallagher Re family, where there is a strong commitment to working collectively to help clients better understand their view of risk,” said Bowen.

“We will strive to advance the conversation on climate change by partnering with various private and public sector entities to develop and deliver 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 thought leaders in Gallagher Re to develop and strengthen intellectual property to meet clients’ future needs, ensure they experience the best of the broker’s collective capabilities and best share practices with its regional companies.


Aon Appoints Jursa as CEO of Commercial Risk Solutions, Czech Republic

Aon plca leading global professional services company, has announced that it has renamed Michael Jursa CEO of Commercial Risk Solutions in Czech Republic

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

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“We are delighted to welcome Michal to Aon,” said Vlad Bobko, CEO of Central & 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 customers and a successful track record in business development. Michal’s strategic expertise will be a great addition to our team as we continue to help 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 Biz development

Howden M&Athe international insurance brokerage firm for mergers and acquisitions and structured solutions, announced the appointment of: Charles Henri Gridel as associate director, Business Development Europe. Gridel brings more than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry, and his appointment reflects Howden M&A’s commitment to expanding its European platform.

Charles Henri Gridel

Gridel will lead the Business Development function across Continental Europe and build Howden M&A’s brand profile across investment funds, lawyers, M&A bankers, corporates and the financial services industry. He will also be responsible for developing the customer portfolio for M&A insurance solutions, including warranty and indemnity, property and real estate risks, tax risks and structuring, environmental and contingent risks.

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

Gridel started his career in marketing at BNP Paribas before joining the leading international law firm Gide as part of the Business Development team, where he held 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.

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Gridel is a graduate of the EM Lyon School of Management and holds a master’s degree in law from Pantheon Assas University.

Gridel’s onboarding marks another key hire for Howden in France, following the appointment of: Nicolas 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 on board and welcome the local, local support he will provide as part of our development strategy for the region,” said Lucie Bocel, co-head, Howden M&A, France.

Drew Wardrope, CEO of Howden M&A: “The appointment of Charles-Henri reflects Howden M&A’s broader strategy to invest in talent and expertise. His proven track record and experience in business development in the professional services sector 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 placement firm that offers corporate clients, investors and all non-(re)insurance clients in the financial services industry solutions on the convergence of the insurance and capital markets space. They are all part of Howden Broking.

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