International insurance broker Howden has launched a new business in Italy following the acquisition of broker Andrea Scagliarini SpA (Scagliarini).
Establishing operations in Italy is seen as vital to enabling the firm to expand in Europe, enabling them to deliver service to both local and multinational clients.
The launch of Howden Italy comes just weeks after the announcement of Luigi Sturani and Enrico Nanni as CEO, Europe and CCO, Europe respectively.
It also reflects its ongoing strategy to set up ‘from-scratch’ operations, such as the recent launches in Belgium, Switzerland and Australia and empower local teams to find strategic, culturally aligned acquisitions.
“I joined Howden because I believed the market needed an alternative and that Howden is the company to deliver it,” Sturani said.
“Just a month in, I have the perfect example of how Howden is delivering on its ambitions; we’ve built an impressive team, who have chosen to join us as we grow a significant presence in the Italian market, and have now our first acquisition.
“Scagliarini is a broker that I have long admired for its culture, reputation and focus on client excellence – a real Rolls Royce in the industry. For us, it represents a fantastic strategic fit and the perfect way to truly launch ourselves in Italy as a credible alternative with a difference. We call out to anyone looking for a place to grow within a business that lets you bring your true and best self to work in our ‘People First’ world.”
Andrea Scagliarini, Founder and Chairman, added, “We have been approached to sell our business on numerous occasions over many years, but we have always declined. Why?
“Because we value independence and employee ownership and we would only sell to a firm culturally aligned with our own. Watching Howden’s CEO speak at a conference last year and hearing how he talked about the culture and his own personal values, we knew then that we have found the right partner.”
Matteo Scagliarini, CEO added, “As a Howden One partner since 2017, we have felt like part of the family for many years. But it also means we know, understand and respect each other and share the same values and objectives.
“We are sure that by joining Howden, our company will be able to deliver ever more sophisticated risk solutions to our clients, with the same professionalism, accuracy and client-focused approach we have always had. Moreover, we will be in a yet better position to attract new talent and provide our people with unparalleled career opportunities. We are excited to be joining officially now and look forward to growing our future together.”
Matteo Scagliarini will continue as CEO of the company and Andrea Scagliarini will remain as Chairman; both will join the Howden Italy board.