Willis Re appoints MD and COO

Willis Re, the reinsurance business of Willis Towers Watson, has appointed Donald Harrell as managing director & chief operating officer.

His remit includes expansion of Willis Re’s international specialty business, management of the firm’s day-to-day operations, systems, processes and controls as well as provision of executive-level leadership and support through the client retention and acquisition processes.

Harrell has more than 25 years’ broking and underwriting experience in the speciality insurance sector. He joins from Aspen having held the role of head of international Insurance and active underwriter of its Lloyd’s Syndicate 4711. Prior to that, he served as senior vice-president of Liberty International Underwriters in New York and he also worked 16 years with AIG and C.V. Starr. Harrell began his career in London as a marine and energy broker for Bain Hogg.

He will report to the chief executive officer of Willis Re Specialty, Graeme Moore.

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