Chris McDowell will pick up from Michael Harden, who is moving to the Asia Pacific region

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Willis Re announced today the appointment of Chris McDowell as Willis Re Bermuda new chief executive. 

Effective from 1 January 2017, McDowell joins from joins from Aon Benfield – where he was Global re-specialty in Bermuda chief executive – and will succeed Michael Harden, who is returning to the Asia Pacific region as president of Willis Re Asia Pacific. McDowell and his team will report into Willis Re Specialty. 

Willis Re global chief executive John Cavanagh said: “Chris will be a huge asset to Willis Re. His knowledge and experience will bring considerable benefit to our clients. As a substantial producer he will no doubt continue the growth of our already strong presence in Bermuda, which is a major strategic reinsurance market for Willis Re and our clients.” 

He added: “Mike has developed a strong team and a solid foundation for continued growth, fully aligned to Willis Re’s global office network. His return to Asia Pacific to support our existing leadership team will likewise further our growth activities and the delivery of Willis Re’s global offering to clients as these markets continue to build momentum.”