Former A&A chief executive replaces Des O’Connor


Arthur J Gallagher has lined up former A&A chief executive Martin Oliver to lead its personal lines and affinity business, Insurance Times has learned.

Oliver will join as managing director of Gallagher Insurance Solutions next month and report to Adrian Brown, executive chairman of underwriting and distribution.

He will be responsible for the broker’s growing personal lines, corporate partnerships and private clients division.

He replaces Des O’Connor, who resigned in July to join Brightside’s private equity owner Anacap.

Oliver was most recently chief executive of niche personal lines broker A&A Group for two years, and resigned in May.

He was previously chief executive of Barbon Insurance Group and managing director of Kwik Fit Financial Services for seven years before that.

Brown said: “Bringing Martin into the Arthur J Gallagher family is a clear sign of our intent in the personal lines and distribution space.

“His market reputation, experience and leadership expertise really do precede him and we’ve made no secret of the huge potential for growth we see in this area. Martin is the ideal person to harness and develop that, enabling the management teams to deliver on our ambitions.

“Having known Martin for many years, I’m excited to have him as part of the team and look forward to working together to maximise the personal lines potential of Arthur J Gallagher.”

Oliver said: “I’ve always loved the fast-moving and competitive world of personal lines, so the opportunity to join Gallagher at such an exciting juncture in its development was too good to miss.

“Having built out its platform with strategic acquisitions of niche specialists since 2012, I’m relishing the challenge of taking the business to its next level and being part of an organisation with such a strong appetite for expansion.”