Assurex Global Hosts 2017 Global Conference in Sydney & Appoints Chair-Elect and Regional Chairmen

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management, and employee benefits brokerage group, recently held its 2017 Global Conference in Sydney, Australia.

The “Think Differently” themed conference brought together some of the world’s most respected and successful insurance brokers, representing 53 Partner firms from 33 countries, to share best practices and discuss future initiatives of Assurex Global.

The conference featured:

  • Keynote address by Major Matina Jewell
  • Sydney Harbor BridgeClimb, including a presentation by BridgeClimb founder, Paul Cave
  • Innovative Ideas from Partners
  • Dr. John Hewson on Global and Domestic Economic & Political Challenges
  • Carrier CEOs – Noel Condon, AIG; and Raj Nanra, Zurich
  • Thinking Differently About Business Development

In conjunction with the conference, a meeting of the Assurex Global Board of Directors was held. At the meeting, a chair-elect and two new regional chairmen were appointed by the board.

Andy Sloan, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based The Magnes Group, Inc., was appointed as Chair-Elect. Andy has been with The Magnes Group, Inc. since 1984. His astute business acumen allows him to distill complex challenges faced by his clients, while developing unique solutions in groundbreaking areas. With an economics degree from the University of Toronto to time spent at the University of Nice, his wide- ranging worldview provides his clients with an unmatched grasp of an ever-changing industry. Andy will assume the role of Assurex Global Chairman in 2018, succeeding current Chairman Matt Donnelly of Liverpool, United Kingdom-based Griffiths & Armour.

Björn Thorstrand, of Stockholm, Sweden-based Söderberg & Partners, now serves as Assurex Global’s Europe/Middle East/Africa Regional Chair. Björn has worked in the insurance industry since 1995. He started as a claims adjuster in marine for Trygg Hansa, part of RSA Insurance Group. Björn has also worked as an underwriter in both marine and casualty for Sweden’s largest insurance company, Länsförsäkringar. He also worked for Aon before joining Söderberg & Partners. Björn joined Söderberg & Partners in 2007 in its non-life business department. He is now a partner of the company and heads its largest broker team. Björn is a member of the Söderberg & Partners Board of Directors as well as the Norweigan Broker Board of Directors. He holds an LL.M law degree, with his masters in marine law.

Jim Bailey, of Atlanta, Georgia, USA-based Pritchard & Jerden, now serves as the North America Regional Chair. Since 2004, Jim has served as president of Pritchard & Jerden, leading strategy and developing a high-performing leadership team. Jim began his career as a CPA with Arthur Young & Company, moved into insurance in 1987 and joined P&J in 1997. He is a CPCU with experience across a broad set of risk and financial program areas. He serves on the board of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and as vice chair and founding member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

Gautam Boda of J.B. Boda & Company in India continues as the Asia/Pacific Regional Chair and Pablo Lorant of LorantMMS in Mexico continues as the Latin America/Caribbean Regional Chair.

More information on the Assurex Global Board of Directors can be found here.


About Assurex Global

Assurex Global is the world’s largest privately-held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. The company operates as an exclusive partnership, supported by more than 100 of the world’s most respected and successful insurance brokers.