Willis Towers Watson exec to join BGC’s aviation broker

July 2 2019 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

BGC Partners has appointed Philip Smaje as chief executive of its new global aviation and space (re)insurance brokerage.

Smaje (pictured) joins president Marcel Chad will start in his new role on completion of his notice period.

Smaje has left Willis Towers Watson where he began his career in 1988 in the aviation division. He went on to hold several senior roles including as chief executive for Willis Towers Watson’s global aviation practice and was most recently global head of broking.

Andrew Wallin, chief commercial officer, BGC Insurance Group, said: “We have set out to create an entrepreneurial environment that will attract industry leading talent, aligned to innovative technology resulting in a truly differentiated client value proposition.”

Wallin added: “[Smaje’s] appointment reinforces our commitment to the aerospace sector and I am delighted that Philip is joining us to lead the team. Together [Smaje] and [Chad] will build a potent alternative global proposition for clients.”

Commenting on the appointment, Chad said: “[Smaje] and I worked together in our early careers and share common values and philosophies while offering diversity in our competencies, expertise and relationships. I very much look forward to working with him again in this exciting new venture.”

Chad joined last month from JLT Aerospace where he was a partner and had previously served as chief executive of Marsh aviation in the UK and as deputy global chairman.