Howden Tiger bolsters expertise with hire of two reinsurance veterans


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London - 7 February 2023 – Howden Tiger, the reinsurance arm of international (re)insurance broker, Howden Broking Group, has today announced the appointment of Garrick Smith and Jim Walsh as Senior Brokers to its Casualty division. These appointments represent further investment in expertise as Howden Tiger adds talent to its specialist product lines for the benefit of reinsurance buyers.

In his new role, Smith will focus on the Casualty and E&S Casualty space, while Walsh will focus on Casualty and Professional Lines. They will report to Josh Everdell. Smith will be based in North Carolina and Walsh in Stamford, CT.

Smith joins from Guy Carpenter, where he has spent the past 7 years, most recently holding the position of Managing Director, serving as US sales leader of the firm’s E&S segment, as well as Branch Manager of the firm’s Elon, North Carolina office. A veteran of the reinsurance industry, he has over 30 years’ experience. Prior to joining Guy Carpenter, Smith held positions at Willis Re and R/I Inc.

Walsh joins from Aon Reinsurance Solutions where he has been for the past 23 years, most recently holding the position of Executive Managing Director. He has extensive experience in D&O, E&O, and Transactional Liability lines.  Prior to joining Aon, he served as Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald.

The recent completion of the Howden Tiger transaction on January 9th cements the firm’s position as a tier one global reinsurance broker, representing almost $400 million of combined reinsurance revenue, and serving as a strategic advisor for clients through its core specialisms of Facultative, MGA, Specialty, Treaty, Investment Banking and Analytics.

Garrick Smith, Senior Broker, Howden Tiger, comments: “I’m delighted to be joining Howden Tiger. The scale of opportunity is immense and will prove transformative for the market and for clients that have long been in need of an alternative reinsurance broker.”

Jim Walsh, Senior Broker, Howden Tiger, comments: “The combination of specialist expertise, with an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset is what encouraged me to join Howden Tiger, and I have no doubt this proposition will prove incredibly compelling for clients across the reinsurance space.”

Josh Everdell, Head of Global Clients and Global Casualty, Howden Tiger comments: “We’re excited to welcome Garrick and Jim to the newly formed Howden Tiger team. Our ability to attract individuals with unrivalled expertise and industry knowledge demonstrates the market leading position we have built by becoming one business. It’s this leading talent that will enable us to continue to grow our position as the pre-eminent risk, capital and strategic adviser for modern day clients.”