Specialist broker Alesco Risk Management Services (Alesco) has hired Bob Choppen, previously the Deputy Managing Director of Energy at insurance and reinsurance broker Willis Towers Watson, to join its growing energy broking division.
Choppen joins Alesco as an Executive Partner in October 2017, responsible for new business development in the energy broking division, focusing on UK and European independent oil and gas companies.
Choppen’s hire comes on the heels of Alesco hiring four senior energy brokers earlier this month.
He began his career with global oil and gas giant BP, working in risk management, before holding a series of director roles at brokerages Marsh, Heath Lambert Group and Aon.
Choppen then joined Willis in 2009, becoming Deputy Managing Director for the brokers energy insurance operations.
He has around 40 years’ of experience in the energy sector, in risk management and broking, and has advised independent oil and gas companies, from start-up businesses to billion dollar operations globally, on risk management and insurance placement strategies.
Jonathan Lyne, Chairman of Alesco’s energy division, commented; “Bob is a well-known industry figure that has been at the forefront of innovative product development in important areas such as employers’ liability, decommissioning security and, more recently, in fracking-related insurance solutions. He epitomises the client-first attitude we hold strong at Alesco and we are delighted that he has chosen to bring his many talents, creative thinking and wealth of sector-specific experience to the Alesco energy team.”
Choppen added; “Alesco has had an exceptional few years of growth and is fast-becoming the destination of choice for experienced brokers who want the freedom to develop innovative solutions that help clients reduce the specific risks and exposures they face on a daily basis. I am looking forward to joining the stellar line-up of specialists in the Alesco team and being part of the business’s continued growth story.”