Global insurance and reinsurance brokerage Aon has appointed Joshua Walker Chief Product Officer for the firm’s Intellectual Property Solutions division, based in San Francisco.
In his new role, Walker will lead the team as it continues to develop and evolve a comprehensive set of consulting, valuation and risk transfer offerings within the intellectual property asset class.
Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions is part of the broker’s New Ventures Group that was launched in 2018, and is focused on helping clients to manage their intangible assets while continuing to educate the broader marketplace.
Walker brings extensive experience to the role, having practiced intellectual property and big data law in Silicon Valley for over 16 years. This includes being Head of Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Transactions for Simpson Thacher. He also co-founded and led Lex Machina, Inc. and has assisted with the establishment of a number of law and computer science ventures at Stanford University.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aon’s Data & Analytics Services, John Bruno commented: “We know that data, and more importantly the understanding of it, is now a cornerstone of every organization. Joshua’s wide-ranging experience, from building a business from the ground up to the realities of data’s impact in the courtroom, will be pivotal as we continue to change the conversation around intangible assets.”
CEO of Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions, Lewis Lee said: “Joshua brings incredible insight to the team. We are thrilled to have him join Aon as we continue to innovate at scale, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate on solutions to identify and manage risks surrounding proprietary data and maximize value for our clients.”