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Former Willis Towers Watson broking chief joins aviation startup

Posted On: Jul. 1, 2019 10:24 AM CST


Philip Smaje will join brokerage BGC Insurance Group as CEO of its recently launched aviation and space insurance and reinsurance unit, BGC Insurance announced Monday.

Mr. Smaje most recently was Willis Towers Watson PLC’s London-based global head of broking and had held various roles at the brokerage since joining in 1988.

He joins Marcel Chad, a former partner at JLT Aerospace, who is president of BGC’s aviation brokerage.

BGC Insurance is owned by New York- and London-based financial services firm BGC Partners Inc. Last year, it announced the purchase of London-based Ed Broking Group Ltd,. and in 2017 it acquired Besso Insurance Group Ltd.