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Arthur J Gallagher has hired long-serving Willis Towers Watson executives Mark Champion and Paul Rogers as divisional directors of its aviation unit.

Champion has joined Gallagher this week after serving as Regional Director for Continental Europe for Willis Towers Watson, where he was responsible for a significant proportion of the aerospace division’s budget.

He joined Willis’s general aviation division in 1994.

Rogers will join Gallagher later in the summer. He was a client advocate at Willis, responsible for portfolio of clients within the aviation sector of the transportation practice

He joined Willis, Faber and Dumas in 1984.

Gallagher aviation executive director Mark Walters said: “Today’s aviation market is arguably more challenging than ever, but we see that as every reason to grow, expand and develop new products — rather than a reason not to.

“To win out in such a tough market, you need to invest in the best. And there are few more experienced than Mark and Paul, or held in higher regard by clients.

“The longevity and strength of market relationships they have built and their continued focus on providing a personalised, innovative and responsive end-to-end client service make them ideally suited to join our team.”