Howden announces appointment of Philippe Lutgen as Chief Operations Officer for Europe


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London, 3 October 2022 – Howden, the international insurance broker, announces today the appointment of Philippe Lutgen as Chief Operations Officer for Europe, effective immediately.  Lutgen will report to Luigi Sturani, CEO, Howden Europe and will be based in London.

In the newly formed role, Philippe will lead on operations across the continent (excluding the UK), supporting on the development and execution of Howden’s ambitious growth strategy, while driving successful integration as it establishes and consolidates its European platform.

With over 30 years’ experience working across the global insurance and reinsurance industry, Philippe brings considerable expertise and a strong track record in creating and running large international operations. He joins from AXA XL where he spent the previous 20 years, most recently as Chief Operations Officer for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Philippe joins at a considerable time of growth for Howden Europe, following its recent acquisitions of Theoreme and C.R.F Conseils in France and, earlier this year, Assiteca in Italy, as the broker continues to expand its platform across the continent.  Howden Broking now employs more than 2,500 people and operates across 18 European jurisdictions.   

Phillipe Lutgen, comments: “I am excited to join Howden’s rapidly expanding platform across Europe and enable its People First and entrepreneurial culture. My experience of building strong operational capabilities combined with Howden’s ability to attract and retain the best talent will be critical to our success in delivering unrivalled and localised expertise and service to our clients.”

Luigi Sturani, Howden Europe CEO, comments: “Our strategy in Europe is focused on local specialism and expertise. With a track-record in leading large and multi-national operations, Phillippe will enable Howden to realise and embed its strategy for a strong continental platform, while ensuring each of our European markets maintain their deep local specialisms and entrepreneurial cultures.”