7 February 2023Insurance

Howden Tiger nabs reinsurance veterans from Aon/Guy Carpenter for casualty

The  newly merged broking powerhouse Howden Tiger, nestled under the wider  Howden Broking Group, has brought in two reinsurance veterans from rivals Guy Carpenter and Aon to bolster its specialist product lines for reinsurance buyers.

Garrick Smith (pictured right) and Jim Walsh (pictured left) join as senior brokers within its casualty division.

Smith will focus on the casualty and E&S casualty space, while Walsh will focus on casualty and Professional Lines. They will report to Josh Everdell. Smith will be based in North Carolina and Walsh in Stamford, Connecticut.

Smith comes from Guy Carpenter, where he has spent the past seven years, most recently holding the position of managing director, serving as US sales leader of the firm’s E&S segment, as well as branch manager of the firm’s Elon, North Carolina office. A reinsurance industry veteran, he has over 30 years’ experience. Prior to joining Guy Carpenter, Smith held positions at Willis Re and R/I.

Walsh joins from Aon Reinsurance Solutions where he has been for the past 23 years, most recently holding the position of executive managing director. He has extensive experience in D&O, E&O, and transactional liability lines. Prior to joining Aon, he served as vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Smith said: “I’m delighted to be joining Howden Tiger. The scale of opportunity is immense and will prove transformative for the market and for clients that have long been in need of an alternative reinsurance broker.”

Walsh added: “The combination of specialist expertise, with an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset is what encouraged me to join Howden Tiger, and I have no doubt this proposition will prove incredibly compelling for clients across the reinsurance space.”

Josh Everdell, head of global clients and global casualty, Howden Tiger, commented: “We’re excited to welcome Garrick and Jim to the newly formed Howden Tiger team. Our ability to attract individuals with unrivalled expertise and industry knowledge demonstrates the market leading position we have built by becoming one business. It’s this leading talent that will enable us to continue to grow our position as the pre-eminent risk, capital and strategic adviser for modern day clients.”

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