South appointed chief executive of Marsh Europe and will continue as UK & Ireland boss until successor appointed

Marsh UK chief executive Martin South will leave his role to become chief executive of Marsh Europe.

South will continue as chief executive of Marsh UK & Ireland until a replacement is found. South will continue to remain responsible for Turkey and India in his new role as head of Marsh Europe.

He will report to David Batchelor, president of Marsh’s International Division.

“Under Martin South’s leadership over the past five years, Marsh’s UK operations have shown substantial progress and growth,” Batchelor said. “I know he will bring the same client focus and dedication to our operations in Europe.”

South said: “In the current economic circumstances, companies across the continent face an unprecedented risk landscape. It is our task to work with our clients to develop the solutions that help them face and overcome these challenges.”

The announcement follows the appointment last year of David Batchelor, formerly chief executive of Marsh Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as president of Marsh’s International Division.

As part of a reorganisation of the region, Robert Makhoul, who remains chief executive of Marsh Middle East and North Africa and, Jurie Erwee, who was recently appointed chief executive of Marsh Africa will, with South, report to Batchelor.

“Marsh’s EMEA region has evolved substantially over the past few years,” said Batchelor. “In addition to strong organic growth, the 2010 acquisition of HSBC Insurance Brokers significantly enhanced our operations in the Middle East and our middle market and SME business in the UK.”

Batchelor said that Marsh’s acquisition of Alexander Forbes Risk Services had boosted the broker’s profile in Africa.