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Hank Watkins appointed as new President of Lloyd’s North America


Lloyd’s, the world’s leading specialist insurance market, announced today that Hank Watkins has been appointed as its new President, North America.

Hank will be responsible for all Lloyd’s operations in the US and Canada, including offices in New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Los Angeles, Virgin Islands, Montreal and Toronto.

He has held a range of positions in the United States and Europe at global insurers and brokers, including Chubb & Son; Barney & Barney; Johnson & Higgins; Hilb Rogal & Hobbs; and Marsh.

Hank will be based in New York and will take up his new role on 31 August, 2009.

Sue Langley, Director of Market Operations and North America, said:

“I am delighted that Hank is coming on board to lead our North American operations. He has over 28 years experience in the insurance industry, as both an underwriter and broker, and understands the opportunities and challenges that the industry faces in today’s global marketplace.

“His unique experience, fresh approach to the Lloyd’s market and mix of skills will be invaluable as we seek to develop our presence and brand in the US and Canada over the coming years.”

Hank Watkins, said:

“I’m excited to be joining an organisation with the rich history and global presence of Lloyd’s. The opportunity to work with experienced, enthusiastic teams on both sides of the Atlantic as we deliver the benefits of Lloyd’s Strategic Plan to our North American business partners is one I’m looking forward to.”

Hank has a degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married with three children and lives in Connecticut.

1. Biography

2008 – 2009 Preferred Concepts LLC
Senior Vice President, Business Development

2007 – 2008 Marsh USA
Managing Director, Middle Market Leader
New York Metro Partnership

2007 – 2007 Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH)
President, HRH of Connecticut
Vice President, Northeast Regional Director

1994 – 2002 Marsh & McLennan
Senior Vice President
Client Executive, Middle Market & Risk Management

1989 – 1994 Johnson & Higgins
Vice President, International Department

1988 – 1989 Barney & Barney
Commercial Lines Producer

1981 – 1988 Chubb & Son

2. All US business underwritten at Lloyd’s must be placed in accordance with US regulatory requirements. Coverage must comply with local law. New insurance enquiries from US residents should be directed to an insurance agent or broker licensed to conduct business in the relevant state. Details can be found on the NAPSLO website.

3. Underwriters at Lloyd’s are licensed only in Kentucky, Illinois and the US Virgin Islands, and are eligible surplus lines insurers in all US jurisdictions except Kentucky and the US Virgin Islands.

Lloyd’s underwriters are also accredited reinsurers in all states. Insurance policies issued by underwriters are not protected or guaranteed by state insurance guaranty associations or insolvency funds, except in states where licensed.


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