Property/casualty insurance provider Zurich announced that its Global Energy unit appointed Iain Hawker as VP – Exploration & Production, and underwriting manager, London. Hawker replaces Len Messenger, who will take on a new role focused on Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

In his new role, Hawker will assume overall responsibility for managing business produced by brokers in the London market, as well as brokers in the European Union (FOS countries). He will continue to develop insurance solutions for major upstream and midstream oil and gas companies to help expand the Exploration & Production (E&P) book of business in this region.

“Iain brings a wealth of experience, and a global perspective, to this role,” says Rick Gibbons, president of Zurich Global Energy. “He understands the London market, and is committed to working closely with brokers and the E&P risk managers to develop risk management solutions that meet specific customer needs. I am confident that Iain's market knowledge, and customer centricity, will help ensure that Zurich Global Energy continues to provide superior service and solutions in today's challenging E&P market.”

Hawker joined Zurich in 2004 as an AVP – Exploration & Production, in the Houston office. His most recent role was VP & branch manager, Houston, for the E&P group. Prior to joining Zurich, he worked on both the brokerage and company side of the business in the U.K. and Canada.

Messenger will continue in his role as a senior underwriter – E&P, for the London market. In addition, he will focus on the Asia Pacific and Middle East growth strategies for the group. In this capacity, he will work closely with Zurich staff in these regions to identify and develop new Exploration & Production opportunities.

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