Former Heath Lambert chief will assume non-executive role next May

Adrian Colosso

Former Heath Lambert chief executive Adrian Colosso has been named non-executive chairman of Howden Broking Group.

Colosso left Heath Lambert shortly after it was bought by rival broker Arthur J Gallagher in 2011. He has since been on gardening leave. Following the acquisition, he briefly assumed the role of UK retail chief executive of the combined entity, Gallagher Heath.

Colosso will take up the chairman’s role at Howden in May 2013, once he has fulfilled his obligations to Gallagher.

Howden Broking Group chief executive Tim Coles said: “Adrian is a great fit for us; his wealth of experience of international and direct broking distribution, along with his significant commercial experience and strong connections within the insurance market, will help guide the group through our next phase of evolution.

“With the considerable growth of Howden Broking Group over the past year in particular, including the acquisition of Windsor and our expansion into Asia and Latin America, the time is right for the Group to bring in an independent Chairman of the Board, and I can think of no better candidate than Adrian. I am very much looking forward to the challenge and contribution that I know Adrian will bring to the board.”

Colosso added: “Working with a company with the ambitions of Howden Broking Group is a new challenge that I’m keen to take on. I am looking forward to getting back into the market to help drive the group.”