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Marsh appoints Aviation Operational Risk Consulting leader

Rick Howell will advise Marsh Specialty’s aviation clients globally on best practice in operational risk management, safety audits, and governance

Marsh has announced the appointment of Rick Howell as its new Aviation Operational Risk Consulting leader, effective 2 January, 2022. 

In his new role, Howell will report to Garrett Hanrahan, global head of Aviation and Space, Marsh Specialty, and will advise Marsh Specialty’s aviation clients globally on best practice in operational risk management, safety audits, and governance, as well as in non-technical areas such as culture, people safety, and mental health.

He brings 43 years’ experience in the aviation industry to the business, and joins Marsh Specialty from Cathay Pacific Airways, where he is manager of Operational Safety and Risk Management. This role encompasses all aspects of aviation safety, security, quality, business resilience, human factors, occupational health and safety, and compliance. 

Prior to Cathay Pacific Airways, Howell held senior positions at the Hong Kong Government Flying Service and Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. 

In addition, he is a member of IATA’s Security Advisory Council and since 2005 has twice served as chair of IATA’s Safety Group. Howell entered the world of aviation through his 12-year service in the Royal Air Force.

Hanrahan said: “The aviation industry is experiencing a period of significant change in response to the evolving risk landscape, which is in turn creating a host of new challenges and opportunities for businesses. 

“I am confident that Rick’s knowledge and insight will be invaluable when helping our clients navigate this new world of risk, as they build their resilience and grow.”

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