Simon Cooper & Ben Lockwood, AEGIS
15 March 2021Insurance

Promotions at AEGIS London reflect critical nature of data management

Two senior promotions at AEGIS London show that the company recognises the importance and value of managing data throughout the underwriting process.

Simon Cooper, previously head of specialty, has been promoted to the newly created role of head of underwriting insight to develop the application of internal and external data sources to portfolio management, innovation and new technologies.

Ben Lockwood steps up from deputy head of specialty to become the new head replacing Cooper.

Cooper said: “This is a fascinating time for the insurance market as we grapple with digital opportunities and threats. As an underwriter, I’m all too aware that our decisions are frequently based on imperfect knowledge but by deploying data we collect strategically we can radically improve that.”

Lockwood said: “Having had the privilege to be Simon’s deputy, I’m greatly looking forward to the challenge of leading our specialty team. This is an exciting market for specialty classes which AEGIS London is ideally positioned to benefit from.”

Alex Powell, chief underwriting officer, said: “AEGIS London is always proud to build out its team organically whenever possible. Simon’s role recognises our intent to keep developing our business by investing further in our underwriting knowledge. Ben has been close to the specialty teams for a few years and his promotion bears testament to us fulfilling our development plans.”

Cooper joined AEGIS London in 2012 after 30 years with Atrium Syndicate. He has held positions on a number of Lloyd's market committees including deputy chairman of the Joint Hull Committee.

Lockwood joined AEGIS London in 2013 following roles at Munich Re. In 2016/17, he was voted London's number one war and geopolitical risk underwriter by market peers.

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