Willis Names Bathurst CEO of Space Division

August 5, 2009

Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings has appointed Roger Bathurst as chief executive officer of its specialist space division, Willis Inspace.

Bill Lloyd, previously chairman and CEO of Willis Inspace, will retain the position of chairman and will support Bathurst on strategy.

Bathurst will have responsibility for the day-to-day running of Inspace’s global operations and both he and Lloyd will report to Philip Smaje, managing director, Willis Aerospace.

Bathurst was most recently CEO of International Space Brokers (ISB), the space arm of Aon Benfield. He began his 30-year career in the industry at Willis Faber Aviation in 1979. In 1982, Bathurst joined Leslie and Godwin (later acquired by Aon) where he rose to the position of executive director of Aon Aviation, with responsibility for the aerospace division until 1997. In 1998, he joined ISB which was subsequently acquired by Benfield. After three years in ISB’s Washington D.C. office, Bathurst returned to the UK in 2002 to become CEO of ISB and also to head up Benfield’s aviation team.

Bathurst and Lloyd will be supported by a global Inspace team that includes Mark Quinn, U.S. practice leader; Philippe Montpert, managing director, and Xavier Lacombe, deputy managing director of Willis Inspace Consulting, Paris; and Charles Barder, UK practice leader.

Willis Inspace provides insurance broking, consultancy and risk management services to the space industry.

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