Marsh recruits directors to head up regional drive

Marsh has boosted its drive in the regions by poaching 15 key staff from rival Aon. Of the 15, three directors from Aon's development and senior management team have joined Marsh. They include Aon's divisional managing director in Scotland, Mike Still, and head of its South East UK division, Peter Anscombe.Both men take on director-level positions at Marsh, with Still regional director of Scotland, while Anscombe becomes regional director of the South of England.The majority of the ex-Aon staff will be located in Marsh's Northern and Scottish regions in offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester and Glasgow. In addition, Tom Hayes has joined Marsh's risk management practice as Northern region sales leader and Kevin Nicol has taken on the role of leader of the Northern region claims team based in Edinburgh.Managing director of UK regional operations for Marsh's corporate client practice John Nicholson said negotiations had taken place with the new staff for a few months. "These new joiners reinforce our aggressive growth strategy for Marsh in the regions. I want to continue to look for strategic acquisitions, not just brokers, but people too."If skilled and talented people want to join us then there is always a place for them at Marsh, and the calibre of the people who have approached us from Aon has been exemplary."Last month, Marsh confirmed its acquisition of Manchester-based broker Rochester Kemp. Nicholson said he was looking for further opportunities.The 15 employees will join a number of operational divisions including its corporate client practice, private client services, trade credit and risk management practice.Aon Risk Services chairman and chief executive Philip Gore-Randall said: "As a result of recent restructuring for growth in our risk services business, a number of management positions were made redundant which resulted in certain senior individuals leaving the company."

Aon broking director moves to JLTAon national broking director Paul Maynard has quit the broker. It is understood he has moved to Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) to become a partner in its industry risks division.Aon Risk Services chairman and chief executive Philip Gore-Randall said: "With respect to Paul Maynard's departure, Paul has decided to leave after a long period of service at Aon and we wish him all the best for the future."JLT was unavailable for comment.