Hyperion-owned broker Howden has named José Manuel González as CEO of Howden Broking Group.
González will assume the role of deputy CEO with immediate effect and will take over as CEO from 1 October.
González joined Howden in 2006 where he established Howden Iberia and led Howden Iberoamerica.
Heis a member of the Hyperion Group executive committee and will continue to report to David Howden. González will retain his role as CEO of Howden Iberoamerica which has 700 employees in eight countries.
David Howden, CEO, Hyperion Insurance Group, said: “Following the investment by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in our business, we have entered a new chapter of growth. As the Group continues to evolve, it is time for me to focus more on our Group strategy and ambitious growth plans.
“José Manuel joined the group 11 years ago and has an impressive track record having established our Howden Iberia business, which under his leadership, is now the fourth largest broker in Spain, and also as CEO of Howden Iberoamerica, he has led one of the fastest growing regions in Howden.”
Howden added: “José Manuel has a real passion for our business and understands that it is the talent and the culture in the group that sets us apart and that our employee-ownership model ensures our focus is on delivering the best solutions for our clients as it is personal for us.”
José Manuel González said: “I feel both excited and privileged that David has asked me to take on this challenge. I know from personal experience that Howden has even greater potential than we have already achieved. I look forward to working closely with the management teams in each of our five regions to drive forward together our ambitious growth plans.”
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