Gallagher selects head of cyber for UK & Ireland retail division

Appointee will work closely with regional broking teams to support clients

Gallagher selects head of cyber for UK & Ireland retail division


By Mika Pangilinan

Gallagher has announced the appointment of Sam Cheshire (pictured) as head of cyber for its UK & Ireland retail division.

Cheshire joins Gallagher after six years at Clear Insurance Management, where he held various roles with a primary focus on cyber insurance. There he worked closely with commercial business clients to help them identify and mitigate their cyber risks. He also used his expertise to support account executives in deciphering complex cyber policy wordings.

In his new role, Cheshire will be collaborating closely with regional broking teams to provide clients with specialised support and help them identify the most suitable insurance programmes to address their specific needs. He will have access to Gallagher’s extensive cyber risk management and insurance placement expertise through teams based in London and across the world.

Cheshire will report to Andrew Marvin, client service director for Yorkshire, who previously led Gallagher’s retail division on advising clients regarding their cyber insurance requirements.

Commenting on the appointment, Marvin highlighted the value of Cheshire’s technical cyber knowledge and insight.

“Sam has a proven track record of supporting businesses with their cyber insurance needs and this will help enhance the specialist advice we provide to our clients,” said Marvin. "Cyberattacks are highly prevalent and with more people working remotely, plus business moving away from traditional IT environments to modern cloud infrastructure, cyber attackers have a larger surface area to target.

“As a result, it’s more important than ever that firms work with brokers that have specialist knowledge of the cyber risks they are facing and can ensure they have the appropriate protection in place.”

Cheshire also expressed his eagerness to contribute to Gallagher and help its clients better understand their cyber risks.

“The cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving and attackers continue to adapt their tactics and techniques to exploit new vulnerabilities and technologies,” said Cheshire. “Today’s cybercrime gangs operate like heavily funded professional organisations with vastly more resources than attacks of yesteryear; businesses need specialist advice to ensure they understand the fast-changing nature of cyber threats.”

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