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Howden names Aon’s Luigi Sturani as CEO, Europe

16th June 2021 - Author: Luke Gallin

Howden has continued its expansion and investment in Europe with the appointments of Luigi Sturani as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Europe and Enrico Nanni as Chief Commercial Officer, Europe, effective June 2nd, 2021.

Howden logoIn his newly created role, Sturani will lead a diverse regional management team, supported by Louise Cable-Alexander, CEO, Northern Europe, and Danny Sever, CEO of Howden’s Mediterranean region.

The team is tasked with providing a credible alternative for clients and talent in the region, and will oversee more than 1,400 people across Europe, continuing to build by focusing on talent, the acquisition of culturally aligned businesses, and further investment in technology.

Previously, Sturani worked at re/insurance broker Aon for 15 years, where he held numerous roles including CEO Specialty, EMEA and Managing Director and Head of Global Property and Casualty, Crisis Management. Before Aon, he worked at Willis, where he served as a Managing Director.

Nanni also joins Howden in a newly created position, and also joins from Aon where he most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer, Specialty, EMEA. Having joined from Willis in 2006, Nanni held various other senior management roles with Aon during his tenure.

José Manuel González, CEO of Howden Broking Group, commented: “We are at a critical juncture in the European market. Clients want choice and we believe, as we always have, that to provide for clients you have to first build a home for talent.

“And as we enter this battle for talent, experienced leaders like Luigi and Enrico choosing Howden is further proof that 26 years of building a unique, entrepreneurial culture is paying off. I cannot think of a better team of people to deliver on our vision for what is very clearly our heartland.”

Sturani added: “Firstly, I love that Howden wants me to be an entrepreneur in a People First business. They’re not looking for passengers, they’re looking for people who want to build things and that’s honestly unique and incredibly attractive. Secondly, there is a real clarity of vision; we all want to go back to the basics of broking and distribution – a simple, high-quality service for clients and insurance partners – and we have the energy and agility to do it here.

“The blend of Howden’s European retail platform with its London specialty business is particularly distinctive. It’s a defining moment in the market and there’s no place I’d rather be.”

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