29 June 2023Analysis

Marsh appoints new cyber leader

Marsh has announced the appointment of Kelly Butler as UK cyber leader, effective October 2023.

She will be based in London and report to Beth Thurston, chief executive, UK financial & professional lines (FINPRO).

In this role, Butler will be responsible for the strategic development and delivery of Marsh UK cyber insurance and placement capabilities. She will also work closely with Marsh McLennan’s cyber risk experts to develop integrated risk and advisory services that support clients in managing rapidly-evolving cyber threats.

Butler is currently based in Melbourne and is chief client officer & cyber practice leader, Pacific. She joined Marsh in 2016 and has had a variety of senior cyber insurance roles, overseeing the firm’s client advisory and placement services for cyber risk throughout the Pacific region, and serving as a senior cyber advisor for Marsh’s largest clients.

“Cyber risks are an ever-present danger to our clients’ businesses and livelihoods,” said Thurston. “Kelly is an outstanding leader who has spearheaded numerous market-leading initiatives in the Pacific region. As UK Cyber Leader Kelly will play a pivotal role in creating the next-generation cyber solutions that Marsh’s clients need to mitigate rapidly-evolving cyber threats, while maximising the opportunities associated with new and emerging technologies.”

“While cyber risk and its associated threats are rightly a key boardroom concern, many organisations are still struggling to develop meaningful risk mitigation and insurance programmes that will protect their people and assets in the of a major cyber incident,” Butler said. “I look forward to working with the UK team and our Marsh McLennan colleagues globally to help clients develop their cyber defences.”