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Chris McDowell named CEO of Willis Re Bermuda

Willis ReWillis Re, a reinsurance broker, announced the appointment of Chris McDowell as CEO of Willis Re Bermuda, effective January 1, 2017.

Mr. McDowell began his career in 1985 at E W Payne in London. He joined the Willis Group in 1990, originally working for Carter Wilkes & Fane where he rose to the position of executive director in the non-marine retro division.

In 2002 Mr. McDowell joined Guy Carpenter where he made the move to Bermuda in 2004 and held the position of managing director in the Global Re-Specialty division.

He most recently held the position of CEO of Global Re-Specialty in Bermuda for Aon Benfield, having joined the firm in 2013.

Mr. McDowell will succeed Michael Harden, CEO of Willis Re Bermuda since 2014, who is returning to the Asia Pacific region as president of Willis Re Asia Pacific.

Mr. Harden began his career at Willis Re in London in 1976, becoming a senior marine London market excess-of-loss broker before moving to Australia in 1985.

In 1991 Mr. Harden re-joined Willis Re as a director of Willis Re Australia, becoming the CEO in 2007 and chairman in 2013. Following his appointment as CEO of Bermuda in 2014, he remained non-executive chairman of Willis Re Australia.


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