Aon is bolstering its operations leadership team in the UK with the appointments of Katy Whelan and Charles Stewart as London chief operating officer, and head of strategy, planning, and implementation for Aon Business Services (ABS), respectively.
As chief operating officer, Whelan (pictured above) will focus on scaling the business’s operational infrastructure, supporting the delivery of Aon United across the company’s clients in London, a release said. She has over 15 years of leading operational improvement projects as COO of Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance division, and has also spent more than a decade in client-facing roles at KPMG and three investment banks.
Joining Aon in early April, Stewart (pictured immediately above) will support ABS to aid the development and implementation of Aon’s strategy. He joins from WTW, where he spent 25 years – most recently serving as Great Britain head of strategy and planning, as well as chief of staff for the GB CEO.
“As Aon continues to build innovative new solutions in 2022, I am delighted to welcome Katy and Charles to the team. Their depth of expertise and strong track record in their respective sectors will provide great value to our clients,” said Aon UK COO Nathan Shanaghy.
Shanaghy added that both Whelan and Stewart are highly respected and recognised leaders; their addition to Aon enhances the company’s operations, “helping [the organisation] to shape better decisions for [its] clients for years to come,” the chief operating officer commented.
Earlier this month, Aon named Pete Rutherford as its new enterprise client leader for financial institutions in the UK. He was previously the managing director, head of EMEA insurance, and UK bank coverage at HSBC.