Departure for ‘fresh challenge’ after eight years

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Arthur J Gallagher chief underwriting officer Sian Fisher is leaving the company after eight years.

Gallagher said Fisher had “decided the time is right to leave the business and seek a fresh challenge”.

Her departure comes before Adrian Brown joins the company as executive chairman of underwriting and distribution on Monday.

Fisher will stay at Gallagher until mid-October and work with Brown on a handover and to recruit people to take over responsibility for technical underwriting, producing returns for insurers and maintaining governance within its transactional underwriting (MGA) and delegated authority (MGU) divisions.

The role of chief underwriting officer will not be replaced. MGU managing director Jason Anthony and MGA managing director Mark Armitage will report directly to Brown.

Fisher joined Gallagher as managing director of OIM Underwriting when the broker bought Oxygen, a managing general agency Fisher jointly set up in 2004. She was previously chief underwriting officer and managing director at Hiscox.

Gallagher said Fisher had been “instrumental” in building the company’s specialist underwriting business in the UK including setting a strategy for its MGU and MGA arms.

Gallagher international chief executive David Ross said: “Sian’s technical excellence, strong leadership and unwavering focus on the delivery of returns for insurer partners have enabled us to build a robust underwriting business which is now primed for further expansion.

“We are now one of the largest MGUs and MGAs in the UK.”