Global insurance brokerage Gallagher has announced the appointment of John Thompson as Chief Executive Officer of its UK specialty London market and wholesale businesses.
Thompson, who for seven months held the CEO position on an interim basis, joined Gallagher in 2014 as managing partner for construction.
The division has since quadrupled in size and in 2017 he was offered an expanded role that saw him take responsibility for the 60-strong energy division.
“John is an outstanding broker, exceptional people leader and operates with absolute integrity at all times, all of which make him the perfect candidate for this role,” said Simon Matson, CEO of Gallagher’s UK broking and underwriting business.
“We have an enviable London Market specialty offering and under John’s leadership I know our teams will continue to grow and achieve even bigger and better things in the future.”
Thompson brings 38 years’ experience to the position and will oversee all London Market Specialty operations and work with the business’ divisional directors to help build out the company’s specialty offering and specialist broking teams.
He will assume UK Executive Committee-level responsibility for both the Gallagher London market specialist broking business and the separate Alesco wholesale business.
Commenting on his appointment, Thompson said, “There is no area of risk management that our specialist broking teams cannot advise on for any client, anywhere in the world and that is a fact I am incredibly proud of.”
“It is a real point of difference for our business and I look forward to working with our exceptional leaders and brokers as we continue to grow our capabilities and become the risk partner of choice for expert advice that will help our clients face their future with confidence.”