He joins as chief executive from Aon SpA, where he was executive chairman

Howden has appointed Federico Casini as CEO, Howden Italy. He joins Howden from Aon SpA, where he has spent the past 17 years, most recently holding the position of executive chairman.

Casini has previously held senior roles at leading broking firms including Poseidon Insurance Brokers and Sanpaolo Imi Insurance Broker Spa. 

Casini said that Howden’s rapid expansion in Italy offered a substantial opportunity and that he was excited to take the company’s growth to the next phase, “strengthening our centres of expertise across Italy and adding further specialisms to our offering”.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez, CEO, Howden Broking Group commented: “The success of our European operations to date highlights that the market is crying out for European-focused alternatives. Specialist knowledge, relationships and insurance expertise continues to drive our growth across the continent. Attracting the best talent in Europe is therefore central to our growth strategy.”

Howden Italy, established in 2021, employs over 800 people having grown following a series of acquisitions. These  include Assiteca, one of Italy’s largest brokers, and most recently Assimovie, a market leader in TV and film insurance.