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Executive Profiles

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Lambros Lambrou
Chief Executive Officer - Aon Risk Solutions, Australia

Lambros has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years, with experience across Asia Pacific, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Lambros took the helm as CEO of Aon Australia in January 2014. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Aon's Global Broking Centre in London and the Chief Broking Officer of Aon Broking in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Prior to this, Lambros has held a number of global posts including Head of Strategy for Aon Broking, Head of Aon Analytics and Head of Carrier Management for Aon Risk Services in Chicago.

Lambros' appointment to the role of CEO of Aon Risk Solutions in Australia represents a return home, as he spent 16 years with Aon in Australia working in both the reinsurance and direct businesses.

Bill Hooper
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Pacific - Aon Risk Solutions

Bill joined Aon in 2002 as CFO for Aon Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong, where he oversaw Aon's businesses in 20 countries, including five Joint Ventures.

In 2009 Bill relocated to Australia and soon after moved into his current role as CFO/COO for the Pacific region. Bill is responsible for the financial management and operational efficiency of Aon's businesses across Australia and New Zealand with a focus on delivering financial targets and driving long-term business strategies.

Before joining Aon, Bill worked for Unilever in a variety of financial and general management roles in the UK and Asia. Bill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA with Honours in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University.

Jason Disborough
Chief Executive Officer, Multinational Clients - Aon Risk Solutions, Australia

After spending more than 23 years focussing on risk consulting and risk-financing activities, Jason is now both the Chief Executive Officer of Aon's Multinational Client Strategy as well as Managing Director of its Global & Corporate client segment in Australia.

Jason's role focuses on driving client engagement, industry specialisation, leadership, business development and branding & marketing strategy.

Prior to this Jason was Chief Commercial Officer of Aon Risk Solutions, Australia and was accountable for Aon Risk Solutions' growth strategy in Australia across its Global, Corporate, Commercial, Affinity, Risk Consulting and People Risk divisions. Jason maintains strategic responsibility for a number of Aon's major clients providing strategic advice and solutions for key accounts.

In addition to Jason's leadership role he is also recognised as one of the leading risk-financing experts in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a regular speaker at various professional association conferences regarding emerging risk trends, strategic risk management, risk financing and various general insurance issues. Jason also chairs the ANZIIF Risk Management Faculty Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Aon in 2001 Jason was the General Manager of IRMG's Australian operations. During this time IRMG were recognised as a market leader in the provision of risk-finance consulting and captive management services to large global organisations.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Insurance & Marketing) from Deakin University. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP), a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional Senior (CFTP Snr), a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Bruce Gordon
Managing Director, Global & Corporate - Aon Risk Solutions, Australia

Bruce first worked for Aon 1995-2000 and returned in November 2015 to take up the position of Managing Director of Global & Corporate.

His earlier career included working as an underwriter in the UK and Belgium and thereafter, as the risk and insurance manager for major Australian and multinational corporations operating in the chemicals and life science sectors.

Bruce holds an honours degree in law from the University of Exeter and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Ian McLellan
Managing Director, Commercial - Aon Risk Solutions

Ian joined Aon in 1988 and has worked across all our client segments, from Global to Affinity.

He was instrumental in establishing the product development capability in Australia and more recently establishing this specialist group in the UK. Ian has worked in and managed a number of our Australian regional branch offices and for 3 years from 2009 was based in London running Aon's UK Affinity business, during this period he was a member of the Global Affinity executive.

Ian has an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services, is A Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker and an Affiliate of the Australian Insurance Institute. He has also attended INSEAD business school in France.

Scott Willmot
Chairman, Affinity - Aon Risk Solutions

Scott has over 25 years' experience in the insurance industry. He joined Aon in 1996 and has had a variety of senior management roles including; National Manager - Sales & Services; National Manager - Professional & Consumer Services and most recently National General Manager - Retail.

Scott is a Member of Aon's Affinity Worldwide Executive and Australia's Risk Solutions Executive.

Jennifer Richards
Managing Director, Specialties - Aon Risk Solutions

Jennifer is responsible for the strategic growth of our specialty businesses in Australia, which include People Risk, Financial Specialties and Aon Global Risk Consulting.

Jennifer joined Aon in August 2011 as the Regional Director, Asia Pacific for M&A Solutions. In January 2014, she was appointed the Managing Director of Financial Specialties and in November of the same year she also became Managing Director of Aon Global Risk Consulting. In December 2015, Jennifer's role was expanded to include leadership of the People Risk business.

Prior to joining Aon, Jennifer held a variety of senior management roles at AIG and has over 15 years of private equity, M&A and insurance experience. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Jennifer practiced corporate/M&A and securities law at Sidley Austin LLP in New York City.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and attended King's College at the University of Cambridge where she completed a Master of Laws.

James Baum
Managing Director, Broking and Chief Broking Officer, Pacific - Aon Risk Solutions

James has been an insurance broker for more than 20 years, working with major international broking firms in Australia and London, providing strategic advice to clients and helping them to maximise their risk insurance financing outcomes. He joined Aon in 2005 and since then has worked in every facet of the placement business. He took up his current role in late May 2013 and his previous role was Chief Broking Officer, Australia.

James and his team of more than 40 dedicated risk broking professionals across the Pacific region are responsible for the design and placement of programs for Aon clients in both Australian and international insurance markets.

James is a member of the Aon Chief Broking Officer's Global Executive which includes members from the Americas, UK, EMEA and Asia.

David Cole
Managing Director - Affinity - Aon Risk Solutions

David has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years. He started his career at Royal Insurance (Vero) in 1985 as a graduate trainee. He worked at Sedgwick (Marsh) in a variety of roles servicing clients in the Mining, Construction, Energy and Retail industries. This included servicing major global placements. He also worked in London for nine months broking to the London and Lloyd's insurance markets.

He joined Aon in 2002 as the head of the Business Solutions team in Melbourne, progressing to the State Manager for the Corporate team in Victoria and onto the COO of the National Corporate business.

From January 2012 to December 2015, David was the Managing Director the newly created Client Service Support team – ensuring the delivery of high quality service to Aon's clients. He also retained a top level / strategic role on many of Aon's largest clients

In January 2016, David was appointed to the role of Managing Director of the Affinity team.

David has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker and an Affiliate of the Australian Insurance Institute. He has also attended Kellogg University business school in Chicago.

Aon Hewitt

Steven Gaffney
Chief Executive Officer - Aon Hewitt Pacific

Steven is responsible for the operations of Aon Hewitt in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He also sits on Aon Hewitt's Asia Pacific Executive Committee.

Steven was brought to Australia from England by Mercer in 1987 as a Superannuation Consultant.

He moved into his own business 'The Australian Superannuation Group' in the early 1990s in which he was the Managing Director and majority shareholder until it was acquired by Aon in 2000.

Steven's role developed within Aon over a 10 year period, resulting in a position where he was leading Australia's Employee Benefit Solutions division developing Superannuation, Rewards, International Benefits and Financial Planning services to corporate clients. Steven accepted the position as Aon Hewitt Chief Commercial Officer for Australia at the end of 2010 where he was responsible for ensuring that Aon Hewitt achieves its growth targets. Steven stepped into the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2014.

Aon Benfield

Robert De Souza
President - Aon Benfield Asia Pacific / Chief Executive Officer - Aon Benfield Australia & New Zealand

Robert has been with Aon Benfield (nee Benfield and Greig Fester) since 1988, joining after working as a Treaty and Facultative Underwriter with Copenhagen Re.

His broking career has been spent primarily on treaty production and marketing in Australian and New Zealand and mostly in respect of all property classes and structured transactions.

Robert was appointed CEO Australia & New Zealand and President APAC of Aon Benfield following the merger of Aon Re and Benfield Australia. He was appointed Managing Director of Benfield Australia in 2000 and Chairman in 2006. Robert is responsible for Aon Benfield's operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

John Carroll
Managing Director - Aon Benfield

John joined Aon Benfield in September, 2011 as Head of Treaty Broking for Aon Benfield's Australian Treaty business.

Prior to joining Aon Benfield, John was employed by Guy Carpenter for five years, where he held the role of Head of Broking responsible for Guy Carpenter's treaty operations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. From 1991 to 2006, John was employed by Swiss Re in Australia where he held the position of Head of Client Management for Swiss Re's Australian & New Zealand operations.

John has over 20 years experience within the reinsurance industry and provides a strong technical focus to Aon Benfield's Australian clients, encompassing general market business and regulatory environment oversight, reinsurance advice and analysis, negotiation and placement, and reinsurance market carrier management. John is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne where he majored in Mathematics and Statistics.

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