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Willis Towers Watson boosts professional risks unit

Willis Towers Watson boosts professional risks unit | Insurance Business

Willis Towers Watson boosts professional risks unit

Elke Vagenende (pictured) has joined Willis Towers Watson as head of Western Europe for FINEX, the brokerage giant’s division specialising in financial, executive, and professional risks.

Based in London, the former head of market management for the UK at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty brings more than two decades of industry experience to the role. Vagenende also spent time at Liberty Mutual, BP, and Siemens.

“I am delighted to have someone with Elke’s expertise and experience join our global line of business in this important regional role,” said global FINEX head Jeremy Wall. “Her knowledge of local and international jurisdictions, together with her diverse experience, will help bring a client-centric approach to FINEX Western Europe.”

The major hire – who is fluent not only in English but also in Dutch, German, and French – will be working closely with global FINEX specialists and risk advisers in the individual countries across Western Europe. The goal is to develop opportunities and growth in line with the global FINEX strategy.

“Elke has a superb reputation in the European insurance sector and a wealth of experience from a range of roles across underwriting, product development, and risk management,” commented Alberto Gallego, head of corporate risk and broking, Western Europe, and head of Iberia.

“I am thrilled to have Elke on board to help us drive growth around our innovative FINEX solutions across a large and strategically important region.”