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Howden names Luigi Sturani as European CEO

The team will oversee more than 1,400 people across Europe, and continue to build by focusing on talent, the acquisition of culturally aligned businesses, and further investment in technology

Howden, the international insurance broker, has announced that Luigi Sturani has been appointed CEO Europe along with Enrico Nanni who joins his team as chief commercial officer Europe, in two newly created roles for the company.

The firm said the appointments reflect the continued expansion and investment for the broking group in Europe, including a wave of more than 300 new joiners in the past 24 months. Both appointments are effective from 2 June, 2021.

Sturani will lead a “diverse” regional management team, supported by Louise Cable-Alexander, CEO, Northern Europe, and Danny Sever, CEO of Howden’s Mediterranean region, tasked with providing a “credible alternative” for clients and talent in the region.

The team will oversee more than 1,400 people across Europe, and continue to build by focusing on talent, the acquisition of culturally aligned businesses, and further investment in technology.

Sturani was previously at Aon in London for fifteen years, where he held the roles of CEO Specialty, EMEA and managing director and head of Global Property and Casualty, Crisis Management. Prior to that, he was with Willis, where he held the role of managing director.

Nanni was previously chief commercial officer, Specialty, EMEA at Aon, where he held various other senior management positions after joining from Willis in 2006.

Group CEO José Manuel González said: “We are at a critical juncture in the European market. Clients want choice and we believe, as we always have, that to provide for clients you have to first build a home for talent.

“And as we enter this battle for talent, experienced leaders like Luigi and Enrico choosing Howden is further proof that 26 years of building a unique, entrepreneurial culture is paying off. I cannot think of a better team of people to deliver on our vision for what is very clearly our heartland.”

Sturani added: “Firstly, I love that Howden wants me to be an entrepreneur in a People First business. They’re not looking for passengers, they’re looking for people who want to build things and that’s honestly unique and incredibly attractive.

“Secondly, there is a real clarity of vision; we all want to go back to the basics of broking and distribution – a simple, high-quality service for clients and insurance partners – and we have the energy and agility to do it here. The blend of Howden’s European retail platform with its London specialty business is particularly distinctive. It’s a defining moment in the market and there’s no place I’d rather be.”

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