Mitsui Sumitomo EU Appoints Rodden as Interim CEO, Renames MSIG UK;  Gallagher Re promotes Dowlen to Managing Director EMEA

Mitsui Sumitomo EU Appoints Rodden as Interim CEO, Renames MSIG UK; Gallagher Re promotes Dowlen to Managing Director EMEA

This edition of International People Moves details meetings at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (Europe) and Gallagher Re.

A summary of these new hires follows here.

Mitsui Sumitomo (Europe) appoints Rodden as interim CEO, rebrands as MSIG UK

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. (Europe) Ltd. (MSI EU)the UK arm of Japanese insurer Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI), has appointed Martyn Rodden as interim chief executive, effective immediately.

He succeeds Robin Adam who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. The appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

Martyn Rodden

In the same announcement, MSI EU confirmed that it is changing its trading name to MSIG UK. The change ensures alignment with many of MSI’s other companies in the global operator’s international network and comes as MSI recently celebrated its centenary in the UK insurance sector, the company said.

Rodden, previously director of Strategy and Transformation at sister company MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd. (MS AUL), will report to Hironori Morimoto, Managing Executive Officer of MSI UK,.

Rodden brings more than two decades of specialist experience in the London market to the role, including over ten years in executive leadership. As a member of the Executive Committee at MS AUL, he played a vital role in developing and implementing a shift in strategy that has seen the firm’s fortunes change over the past few years. This included leading the delivery of the successful To Close Reinsurance deal in 2023, one of the largest deals of its kind in Lloyd’s history.

Prior to his new role at MSI EU, Rodden spent eight years at MS Amlin in increasingly senior roles. With a career spanning many important London Market brands, he was previously Chief Risk Officer at Faraday Underwriting as well as Head of Risk at Chaucer’s syndicate business.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Martyn as Interim Chief Executive of the newly rebranded MSIG UK. Martyn has shown fantastic commitment and leadership at MS Amlin, helping to return the business to profitability and become a £2 billion syndicate once again,” commented Morimoto.

“Martyn’s appointment is part of a new phase for MSI in the UK, reshaping a business that has been primarily focused on supporting Japanese customers as part of MSI’s ambitious international growth plans. MSI’s network of companies provides Martyn and the team with significant opportunities to grow the business, including working with sister firms such as MS Amlin, to help develop and deliver new solutions to customers, as well as building on our existing portfolio in the UK United.

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Gallagher Re promotes Dowlen to Managing Director EMEA

Hamish Dowlen has been appointed managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Gallagher Re, effective June 1, 2024.

Hamish Dowlen

In the same time, Ditte Deschars will become the role of chairman for EMEA. This will be in addition to its leadership in the Nordic region.

For the past five years, Dowlen has led the DACH business (in Germany, Austria and Switzerland), recently adding CEE & Holland to his management responsibilities.

Ditte Deschar

“Not only is he an exceptional leader and manager of people, he also brings deep experience as a successful producer with an outstanding work ethic,” said the outgoing CEO, International. Tony Melia. “Ditte is a passionate regional leader, senior customer advocate and brings a wealth of experience with her work on the operator management side,” he added. “I wish them both every success in their new roles.”

These appointments follow the recent announcement of Gallagher Re se Dirk Spanner has been appointed to the role of CEO, International, at Gallagher Re, taking over from Tony Melia, who is retiring after a career spanning over 40 years. Spenner’s new role takes effect on June 1, 2024.

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