International insurance broker Howden has announced the appointment of David Long as Chairman of its Equine division.
Long will focus on growing Howden’s bloodstock client base, with a particular emphasis on the United Kingdom, the United States and Australasia. He will be based in London and will report to Duncan Fraser, Global Practice Leader, Sport & Entertainment.
Long holds four decades of experience in the bloodstock insurance market, having started his career in 1984 with Harrison Horncastle.
In 1999, he was a founder of Howard Global Ltd, a specialist bloodstock and equine broker, which grew to become the largest single bloodstock insurance broker in the London market, and which set up Galileo Underwriting Agency LLP, a specialist bloodstock MGA backed by Swiss Re and Scor.
Duncan Fraser commented on the appointment, stating, “David’s appointment reflects our continued strategy to attract and recruit talented individuals to enhance the scale and depth of our equestrian insurance offering.
“Howden has established ties to the equestrian world, and our Equine team has many years experience in designing products for equestrian businesses and horse owners around the world. We will continue to hire experienced individuals to provide more choice and a fresh alternative for Equine clients.”
Long himself added, “With its strong association with the equestrian world, commitment to client and insurer relationships, industry leading claims service, global footprint and data & analytics capability, Howden is a true differentiator in the Equine market, and was the only organization I wanted to come out of retirement to join.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team, building on the existing book of clients, and identifying further opportunities to grow.”
Howden’s Equine team is the only London-based broker that offers the whole suite of equine products to the market, including commercial liability and property products.
Additionally, Howden is an official partner of Ascot racecourse, and is an established insurance broker to the horse racing industry, arranging specialist equine insurance solutions for equestrian associations, racecourses, racehorse trainers, stud farms, riding schools and horse owners.