A new chief executive and chief operating officer will form part of an ‘enlarged management structure’, says the broker

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JLT Asia will be under new leadership from 1 May amid a number of personnel changes to senior management across JLT Group.

Dominic-Samengo Turner will take over as chief executive of JLT Asia from 1 May. He will replace Duncan Howorth who has been selected to succeed Mark Wood as chief executive of JLT’s UK Employee Benefits business with effect from 1 June. Wood has announced his intention to retire and will leave the company at the end of May.

Incoming Samengo-Turner spent more than 20 years at Willis, where he was most recently co-chief executive of global specialities and a director of Willis Ltd.

Furthermore, JLT Asia chief operating officer Ian Robinson will leave his post to take on the equivalent role at the group’s UK-based underwriting and distribution company, Thistle Insurance Ltd, with effect from 1 July.

Robinson will be replaced by JLT Specialty regional risk practice and trading division chief executive Warren Downey with effect from 1 May. In addition to his responsibilities as chief operating officer at JLT Asia, Downey will support Samengo-Turner as deputy chief executive of the Asia business with effect from 1 July.

Each appointment is subject to the appropriate regulatory approvals where required.

Commenting on JLT Asia’s new senior management team, JLT Group chief executive Dominic Burke said: “Dominic Samengo-Turner is widely recognised across the industry for his deep specialty capabilities as well as his expertise and knowledge of placements, carrier relationships and the global insurance markets.

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of his reputation and calibre to lead our Asian business and further develop our specialty capabilities, working alongside Tony Langridge and David Lum, executive chairman and deputy chairman respectively of JLT Asia.

“During his 23 years at JLT, Warren Downey has fulfilled a number of senior roles within JLT Specialty, our largest business, including chief executive of Sweden, chief operating officer, head of strategy and chief executive of the regional risk practice. This varied experience and range of skills makes him ideally placed to work alongside Dominic Samengo-Turner as part of an enlarged management structure and provide the strategic and operational support necessary to lead our Asian business in its next phase of growth.’’