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Aspen appoints new COO

Prior to his new role, Houghton was group COO of MS Amlin, and CEO of MS Amlin Business Services.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited has announced the appointment of Rob Houghton as group chief operating officer (COO), based in the company’s London office.

Houghton will take up the role on 3 January, succeeding Mike Cain ahead of his announced departure from Aspen in early 2022. 

In his new role, Houghton will oversee Aspen’s group operations and IT strategy, and he will work closely with the chief people and transformation officer and business line leaders to help deliver on Aspen’s group-wide transformation programme.

He joins the group executive committee from MS Amlin where he was group COO, and CEO of MS Amlin Business Services.

Houghton has over 20 years of operations, IT and transformation experience across a range of sectors, including strong insurance experience.

Mark Cloutier, executive chairman and group CEO, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Rob to succeed Mike as Group COO. In addition to strong expertise in managing operations and IT within the insurance sector, Rob has a proven track record in supporting and delivering change management projects.

“At the same time, we’re pleased Mike is continuing with us until February to ensure a smooth handover. Mike has made a significant contribution to our business and been an invaluable source of advice and counsel, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Houghton added: “Aspen is a highly regarded business undertaking an ambitious transformation and the opportunity to become part of their journey is a compelling one. I look forward to getting started and working closely with Mark and the team.”

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