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Howden appoints new Chair ahead of RKH merger

17th July 2020 - Author: Matt Sheehan

Independent broker Howden Broking Group has announced the appointment of Barnaby Rugge-Price as its new Chair.

Howden logoThe move comes ahead of Howden’s planned merger with RKH, which was announced by Hyperion in September 2019 and is set for completion this coming October.

This consolidated platform and unified management team will be led by Howden CEO José Manuel González and supported by Rugge-Price as Chair.

Rugge-Price returns to the business after serving as CEO at Hyperion X, the Group’s data and analytics arm. He will retain his role as Executive Chair of Hyperion X.

At the same time, Hyperion X has appointed Paul Johnston as its new CEO.

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“This represents the ultimate affirmation of the rationale to bring together the RKH and Howden businesses into one group and now formally merge them into one company aligned behind one strong leadership team,” said Rugge-Price.

“I am excited to move back into the heart of the broking business with my Hyperion X experience, as we continue to re-evaluate ourselves to better service our clients,” he continued. “Howden’s entrepreneurial culture, which empowers employees to develop innovative and creative client solutions, along with our People First approach continues to attract the top talent in the market and will power our growth.”

“My role in supporting José Manuel underlines our joint commitment to building out a world-class platform and to embedding data and analytics into the business to deliver client solutions even more effectively.”

González also commented: “I am delighted to welcome Barnaby as Chair of Howden Broking Group. His experience and track record in building RKH and latterly Hyperion X is testament to his expertise, entrepreneurial mind set and leadership capability. These skills will strengthen our ability to take Howden Broking Group forward as we embark on the next phase of our ambitious growth plans.”

“As always, change is the only constant in Howden and the wider world, but we’re confidently in the right company, in the right industry, and at the right time. Together, Barnaby and I will make a formidable team!”

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