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Howden names Matt Bacon CEO of new Australian broking business

22nd June 2021 - Author: Charlie Wood

International insurance broker Howden has appointed Matt Bacon to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Howden Australia, a new entrant into the country’s broker market.

Howden logoBacon joins alongside Stuart McKellar, appointed Head of Commercial & Affinity, and Nick Chubb, who has been appointed Head of Financial Lines.

Bacon joins from Marsh, where he was the CEO of the Mercer Marsh Benefits business for the Pacific region.

Prior to this, Bacon was the CEO of JLT’s People Risk consulting business for Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on his appointment, Bacon remarked, “I am thrilled to have been afforded the opportunity to join such a forward-thinking, dynamic, entrepreneurial and frankly exciting business at a time when they are looking to expand their offering across the region.

“The team here in Australia have done a superb job in building a very solid foundation from a complete standing start at the beginning of the year. I am looking forward to working with such a talented group of people and rolling my sleeves up to help drive an accelerated but sustainable growth agenda.

“An agenda that encourages entrepreneurialism and empowers quick and agile decision making, whilst ensuring excellence on behalf of our clients, colleagues and insurer partners – the real ethos of what Howden is.”

José Manuel González, CEO of Howden Broking, “This is a fantastic evolution of the Howden story. Australia has long been a key geographical target for us, and with the current environment of consolidation, now is our time. We have a proven track record of launching successfully into targeted geographies around the world and growing rapidly.

“Our entrepreneurial ‘People First’ culture empowers our employees to deliver superior results and it is fantastic to see this already bearing fruit in Australia. We are very excited about the opportunities this market presents.”

David Howden, CEO, Howden Group Holdings, said: “Australia has been a key strategic market for the Group since we launched DUAL in 2004, and now the time is right for us to also enter the Australian market as a broker.”

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