16 December 2020Actuarial & underwriting

Marsh names Phil Hobson as affinity leader for the international division

Marsh has appointed Phil Hobson as affinity leader, international division.

Hobson joined Marsh in 1996 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as commercial and consumer leader for Asia. He has more than 34 years of industry experience and has led teams across the Pacific and Asia.

Marsh’s affinity business provides insurance solutions that are aligned to clients’ brands, cultures, and values and are tailored to customer, member, and/or franchisees' interests. In his new role Hobson will oversee the development of Marsh’s affinity business across the international division, comprising Africa, Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific, and the UK and Ireland.

He will work closely with Marsh’s global digital group in the development of new platform solutions, as well as the deployment of Bluestream, Marsh’s cloud-based digital broker platform for the affinity market.

Hobson takes up his post on January 1 2021 and will join the international executive committee. He will report to Flavio Piccolomini, president of Marsh's international division, and will relocate from Hong Kong to London.

Piccolomini said: “Our clients increasingly view insurance not only as a way to manage risk, but also as an opportunity to grow their top line, create value for their own clients, and engage their key stakeholders.”

Hobson added: “Affinity insurance solutions are increasingly a key differentiator in winning new business and sustaining long term customer loyalty for many organisations, especially those in the automotive, device, sharing economy, associations, sports and technology sectors.”