SSL Endeavour, the specialist independent Lloyd’s broker and delegated authority expert, has announced the appointments, with immediate effect, of Jonathan Palmer-Brown and Hugh Crossland as group Non-Executive Chairman and group Chief Financial Officer respectively.
Jonathan Palmer-Brown joins with over 50 years’ experience, having first entered the London market in 1968 with brokers Stewart Smith.
He joined JLT in 2009, becoming a Member of the Group Executive and Chairman of their Specialty Business before becoming Senior Adviser to the Group Chief Executive Officer. He has also been Chairman of LIIBA and LIBC.
Crossland joins from JLT where since 2016 he held the role of CFO & Commercial Director for Latin America & Canada. Prior to that he spent five years as JLT’s Group Head of M&A.
“In August last year specialist Marine broker SSL Insurance Brokers merged with delegated authority specialist Endeavour Insurance Services in a deal backed by JC Flowers,” said SSL Endeavour Group CEO David Lawrence.
“Today, the appointment of Jonathan Palmer-Brown as Group Non-Executive Chairman and Hugh Crossland as Group CFO provides another significant boost to our platform at a time of unprecedented opportunity in our market, not least our expansion into North American and London market aviation business.”
Commenting on his appointment, Palmer-Brown said, “It is a privilege to Chair this group at such an opportune time and with the support and backing of JC Flowers.
“We have exciting plans for global expansion whilst we will also continue at pace to build in new business areas SSL Endeavour’s London operation. Going on the ground in various geographies and getting underway in the reinsurance sector are included in our priorities.”
Crossland added, “I am delighted to be joining SSL Endeavour at such an exciting time.”
“The team has big ambitions to build upon the platform of its existing, well-established businesses and I’m looking forward to working with Jonathan Palmer-Brown, David Lawrence and the rest of SSL Endeavour’s Executive team to drive the next phase of growth.”
Jonathan Cox, Vice President at JC Flowers said, “These appointments mark the next step in the development of the SSL Endeavour platform and come at a time in which we are seeing enormous opportunity to expand into new lines such as aviation.
“We look forward to working with Jonathan Palmer-Brown and Hugh Crossland during the next phase of development.”
SSL has also confirmed today that it is finalising the acquisition of Worldlink Holdings, a North American aviation brokerage and MGA, and that further announcements will follow upon conclusion of this significant transaction.