Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, today announced the election of Matt Donnelly as chairman of its board of directors.
Donnelly is the managing director of Griffiths & Armour, an independent insurance broker headquartered in the United Kingdom. During his 30-year career in insurance, Donnelly has been extensively involved in international risk management and insurance services. A board member of Assurex Global for the past four years, he became regional chairman of the Assurex Global’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in 2015.
“We’re pleased to welcome Matt as our chairman and look forward to his leadership as we build on the exciting momentum we’ve achieved in all parts of the world during the past several years,” said Jim Hackbarth, president and CEO, Assurex Global. “Matt has done an excellent job of guiding our activities across EMEA for the past two years and has contributed significantly to our strategic direction worldwide.”
“I am very pleased and feel honored to be appointed as the chairman of Assurex Global. In the current business environment in which connectivity in all aspects is an essential feature, being able to work with 20,000 colleagues in more than 600 offices across the world reinforces the most powerful and essential component of our industry; our people,” said Donnelly. He added, “our Assurex Global Partner colleagues throughout the world and our corporate office in Columbus are an amazing team. Everyone counts! We work collectively with a simple and common goal; to provide our clients with the highest standards of service wherever they are in the world. I am very excited how we can now press our advantage as the largest privately owned broker partnership in the world and grow our influence.”
As the new chairman of Assurex Global, Donnelly succeeds Charlie Rosson of Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., who was elected to that post in 2015.
“We are extremely grateful to Charlie for his outstanding leadership of Assurex Global, both as our chairman in the past year and throughout his tenure on the board during the past five years,” said Hackbarth. “He is truly one of our industry’s visionary leaders and we have benefitted greatly from his insights on the many elements of our strategic planning, implementation and ongoing pursuit of excellence across our worldwide enterprise.”
Donnelly began his insurance career in 1987, serving with a multinational brokerage until 2000 when he joined the management team of Griffiths & Armour. In addition to leadership of the firm’s international business, he has been responsible for client management, business development, and insurance market relationships.
A graduate of Manchester University, Donnelly holds the Chartered Insurance Broker professional designation. He currently serves on the board of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Insurance Broking Facility, which promotes good practice, the highest standards of competence, expertise and professionalism.
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.