Aon appoints new ART and innovation MD
Aon has appointed Bleu Bettencourt as managing director for alternative risk transfer and innovation in its Strategic Solutions and Innovation (SSI) practice. Bettencourt has been with Aon since 2006 and was most recently US central region leader for Aon Global Client Network.
The SSI team, part of Commercial Risk Solutions in North America, “will work with clients, colleagues and markets to design and implement innovative solutions that enhance decision making, help navigate new forms of volatility, reduce the relevance gap created by unmet needs and effectively match capital to risk”, Aon said in a statement.
“Aon has always offered strategic risk solutions, but the emergence and acceleration of disruptive risks propelled us to bring together this team in a way that makes our specialists even more accessible to address unmet client needs and to deliver the breadth of our differentiated capabilities,” said Joe Peiser, Aon’s commercial risk solutions leader for North America.
Ward Ching, head of strategic solutions and innovation, and Michael Gruetzmacher, head of alternative risk transfer and innovation, will spearhead the practice.
“There couldn’t be two people more fit to lead this team other than Ward and Michael.,” said Maureen Toomey, Aon’s head of commercial risk solutions strategy and execution for North America. “Ward brings more than 40 years of risk finance and enterprise risk management experience to the table, and Michael has led the development of non-traditional insurance solutions and alternative risk transfer frameworks for clients.”
Ching added, “I am most excited to carry forward our approach to working with clients by building a team that will continue to bring them innovative solutions. We will utilise the great pool of talent that Aon nurtures and help them deliver the best insights so our clients are better informed. I am confident that this new structure will enable us to provide superior outcomes for all of our clients.”