Willis Towers Watson’s Jones Named North America CEO by QBE, Replacing Johnston

QBE Insurance Group has appointed Todd Jones to the role of CEO North America, succeeding Russ Johnston who the company said has decided to seek opportunities outside of QBE.

Jones joins QBE from Willis Towers Watson where he was most recently head of Global Corporate Risk and Broking, and prior to that, CEO for Willis North America. Jones also previously held a number of senior roles at Aon in North America.

The insurer said Jones will commence in role on October 1, 2019, with Johnston providing transitional support.

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Jones will report to Group CEO Pat Regan as a member of the Group Executive Committee and will be based in the company’s New York office.

Willis Towers Watson said it has appointed Adam Garrard as leader for the Corporate Risk & Broking segment, replacing Jones. Garrard had been leader of the International business.

Group CEO Regan said Johnston had helped steer QBE’s North American operations “through a period of significant change, simplifying the business and operating model to better align with customer needs and the delivery of industry specialist capabilities.”

“I want to thank Russ for his valuable contribution to QBE over the last three years, and for having successfully repositioned North America as an integrated specialist insurer,” Regan said.

Johnston was named CEO of QBE North America in May of 2016, succeeding David Duclos, who retired from full employment after serving as CEO North America from 2013 to 2016. Johnston joined QBE from AIG, where he had most recently served as president of AIG’s $6 billion Casualty Americas operation from 2011 through 2015, with responsibility for all U.S., Canada, Bermuda and London-based U.S. casualty underwriters.