Airmic names new CEO

Association has today announced its new leader after former chief exec said he would stand down

Airmic names new CEO

Insurance News

By Lucy Hook

The Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (Airmic) has today announced the appointment of its new CEO, following current leader John Hurrell’s announcement in January that he would step down after nine years at the helm.

John Ludlow, who has been a director of Airmic since 2012, will take up the role of chief executive as of mid-June.

Ludlow, who was most recently SVP and head of global risk management at InterContinental Hotels Group, spent 15 years there in risk management leadership roles and had previously done a year’s stint as senior deputy chair of Airmic.

Airmic’s chairman, Clive Clarke, said the role of risk manager is “undergoing transformation,” adding that Ludlow was the right person to support and promote Airmic members in the current fast-changing landscape.

“John has a fantastic record as a risk professional and is extremely well-regarded within the risk management community,” Clarke commented in a release.

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“Having worked closely with Airmic for years, he not only understands the needs of our members, but also has the experience and vision to continue the excellent progress made under John Hurrell’s pioneering leadership.”

Ludlow said he was delighted to take on the new role, describing Airmic as playing a “vital and hugely influential leadership role in the risk management profession and wider insurance market.”

“As the business world continues to evolve, so must risk and insurance management and I'm looking forward to working with Airmic’s board and secretariat to champion the risk management profession with business leaders, while working with the insurance market to find new solutions for tomorrow’s challenges, and helping members develop the strategic and soft skills that will maximise their influence,” he said.

Prior to Ludlow’s decade and a half at InterContinental Hotels Group, he spent 15 years in senior operational leadership roles in hotels, restaurants and pubs. He is also Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, and a visiting fellow at Oxford Brookes University School of Hospitality Management.

Outgoing chief exec, Hurrell, called Ludlow an “outstanding professional who is passionate about risk management. Airmic will be in very good hands.”

The official transition will take place at Airmic’s annual general meeting on June 13 at the association’s annual conference in Birmingham.

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