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Robin Hargreaves hangs up underwriting hat

Robin Hargreaves hangs up underwriting hat

Robin Hargreaves hangs up underwriting hat Allie Sanchez

Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) has today the retirement of Robin Hargreaves, who will take his leave at the end of the year after building a near-lifelong career with the insurance firm.

Hargreaves made his mark with the firm shortly after joining TMK upon completion of his graduate training. He began writing property full time in 1983. By 1984, he was head of the nascent property book, a position he held for 30 years, successfully growing the book value to hundreds of millions of pounds, before giving way to new blood in 2013.

Hargreaves was since named chairman of the TMK underwriting board, focusing on developing the book and delegating relationships he cultivated during his underwriting career. These now account for 40% of TMK’s total premium.

Charles Franks, group chief executive officer, said in a statement: “One of the remarkable aspects of a man, who has spent 36 years with the same company, is how restless he has been in pursuit of new adventures. This has been to our good fortune as Robin has been tireless in seeking out new business.

“Whilst he continued to be a formidable underwriter at the box, he also travelled widely, finding new opportunities for the company, particularly with delegated authorities. The board and staff and the whole TMK Group are immensely grateful to Robin for his remarkable career with us and wish him a wealth of new adventures in his retirement,” Franks added.