Marsh strengthens aviation practice with latest hire

The aviation industry veteran brings over four decades of experience to the firm

Marsh strengthens aviation practice with latest hire

Insurance News

By Duffie Osental

Global insurance broker Marsh has strengthened its global aviation practice with the appointment of Rick Howell (pictured) as its new aviation operational risk consulting leader, effective January 02, 2022.

In a statement, Marsh confirmed that Howell, who is based in Hong Kong, will report to Garrett Hanrahan, global head of aviation and space at Marsh Specialty. His responsibilities include advising Marsh Specialty’s aviation clients globally on best practices in operational risk management, safety audits, and governance, as well as in non-technical areas such as culture, people safety, and mental health.

Howell is an industry veteran who brings 43 years of experience in the aviation sector to Marsh. He joins the firm from Hong Kong flag carrier airline Cathay Pacific Airways, where he was manager of operational safety and risk management – a role that encompasses all aspects of aviation safety, security, quality, business resilience, human factors, occupational health and safety, and compliance.

Prior to Cathay Pacific Airways, Howell held senior positions at the Hong Kong Government Flying Service and Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. He is a member of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) security advisory council and since 2005 has twice served as chair of IATA’s safety group.

“The aviation industry is experiencing a period of significant change in response to the evolving risk landscape, which is in turn creating a host of new challenges and opportunities for businesses,” said Hanrahan. “I am confident that Rick’s knowledge and insight will be invaluable when helping our clients navigate this new world of risk, as they build their resilience and grow.”

Howell’s appointment follows the broker’s recent promotion of Michelle Sartain to lead Marsh’s specialty business in the US and Canada.

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