Former sales manager for affinities and director of small businesses will help Marsh crack the small companies market

Marsh has appointed Chris Wallace as head of its commercial client practice in the UK.

The practice, part of Marsh UK’s national business, provides risk and insurance services to small companies and organisations throughout the country.

Wallace joins Marsh from Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) where he has held several leadership positions since 1996, including most recently sales manager for affinities and director of small business.

Chris Lay, head of mid market and commercial, Marsh EMEA, said: “The small companies market in the UK has attractive growth opportunities and Marsh is developing ambitions plans to secure a leadership position within it.

"Chris’ proven track record and extensive experience in this market makes him the natural choice to lead our expansion and we are very pleased to have attracted an executive of his calibre to spearhead our drive.”

Wallace said: “Bringing to bear Marsh’s unrivalled resources and expertise on behalf of SME clients through a robust strategy which is fully endorsed by the board is a truly compelling proposition. I look forward to leading on the delivery of our ambitions and contributing to the firm’s success.”