Aon Hires 2 Former Co-Heads of JLT’s Insurance-Linked Securities Unit

Aon Securities, the insurance-linked securities unit of Aon, announced it has hired Michael Popkin and Rick Miller, the former co-heads of JLT Capital Markets.

Miller and Popkin start their new roles with immediate effect, reporting to Paul Schultz, chief executive officer of Aon Securities.

Popkin spent nearly eight years co-leading the capital markets businesses at JLT and Towers Watson, where he and Miller pioneered the development of private placement catastrophe bonds. Previously, Popkin worked in investment banking and energy. He also has buy-side experience as a portfolio manager in structured credit, as well as significant international experience, having worked in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Miller was co-head of the capital markets business at JLT and its predecessors, Towers Watson and Towers Perrin, for nearly 10 years. He launched and developed the capital markets desk, and, with Popkin developed the private placement technology for the insurance linked securities (ILS) markets. His experience within the ILS community originated at Swiss Re Capital Markets, where he played an instrumental role in facilitating secondary market liquidity in broken distressed catastrophe bond positions after the 2008 financial crisis.

“The insurance-linked securities sector continues to be an incredibly dynamic environment, characterized by continued growth in alternative capital and investors and sponsors that are willing to look at new ways to match risk and capital,” said Schultz. “We welcome Mike & Rick to the team as we work together to drive innovation across geographies and perils in the ILS space in order to ensure its continued growth.”

Source: Aon Securities