New specialty MD at Willis Re’s most recent role was to lead international insurance at Aspen and active underwriter of its Lloyd’s Syndicate 4711

Donald Harrell has been appointed managing director and chief operating officer of Willis Re Specialty.

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Harrell joins the reinsurance broker form Aspen Insurance, where he led international insurance at Aspen and was active underwriter of its Lloyd’s Syndicate 4711.

He previously worked at Liberty International Underwriters in New York and spent 16 years with AIG and CV. Starr. He began his career in London as a marine and energy broker for Bain Hogg.

At Willis Re he will be based in London and reports to Graeme Moore, CEO of Willis Re Specialty.

Moore said: “We are delighted to have attracted a market figure with the experience and credentials that Don brings to the table.

“His track record in management and business development is first class, and his knowledge of the marine and energy sector in particular will be of exceptional value to Willis Re at this time of market upheaval in that important class,” he said.

“Meanwhile his transatlantic experience during a career divided between London and New York, spanning both Lloyd’s and the company markets, will be a powerful asset for Willis Re and our clients,” Moore said.

Harrell added: “I am very excited to join Willis Re at a time when the business is growing and investing in client advocacy, analytics, and consulting.

“This new challenge also marks my return to the broking side of the specialty insurance business, where I started out. The global market is moving through a time of positive change, and I look forward to supporting Willis Re as it builds on its leadership role in the evolving international specialty risk sector.”