Willis Re Australia chief executive Harden to move over

Michael Harden

Willis Group has appointed current Willis Re Australia chief executive Michael Harden as the chief executive of Willis Re Bermuda.

Harden will take up his new role on January 1 2014. In a statement, Willis said Harden would use his experience in property, casualty and specialty reinsurance to expand Willis’s business in Bermuda.

Harden said: “This is a great opportunity. I look forward to beginning a new chapter in my career and embracing a new challenge. My focus will be to further enhance Willis Re’s profile on the island, and build upon the team’s current success.”

Willis Re global chief executive John Cavanagh said: “Given Bermuda’s special place within the global reinsurance network, it is crucial for Willis Re to constantly invest in enhancing our client offering there. Michael has been key in building our Australian operation into one of our most preeminent reinsurance franchises, and so will play a crucial role in driving the development of our Bermuda team.”

In addition to his new role, Harden will remain non-executive chairman of Willis Re Australia.