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Paire and Karhan boost capital and terrorism capabilities of Aon’s reinsurance business


LONDON, 7 March 2018 – Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), today announces two new high profile appointments to its Capital Advisory and Terrorism Specialty divisions.  


Reporting to Nick Frankland, UK CEO of Aon Benfield, Eric Paire will lead the firm’s newly formed Capital Advisory unit, which brings an holistic capital service to clients, including structured and alternative risk solutions, capital provision, business intelligence, financial modelling, and rating agency expertise, in conjunction with the resources of Aon Inpoint, Aon Securities and Aon’s Investment Solutions for Insurers.


Mr. Paire joins from global reinsurance intermediary Guy Carpenter, where he was Head of Strategic Advisory & EMEA Global Partners since 2007, developing and coordinating Guy Carpenter initiatives for Enterprise Risk Management and its large global clients. During his career, he has held several other senior positions at Guy Carpenter, as well as at reinsurers including AXA Re and SCOR. 


Meanwhile, Emma Karhan, also joining from Guy Carpenter, will assume the role of Aon Benfield’s Head of Terrorism Specialty and Reinsurer Relationships in London.  Reporting to Bob Bisset, CEO of Aon Benfield’s Global ReSpecialty division, Ms. Karhan will drive growth in the provision of effective terrorism coverage for clients, specifically in the pool and public entity space. In addition, she will be responsible for enhancing the firm’s relationships with the region’s leading reinsurers as part of Aon Benfield Broking Strategies, led globally by Jeremy Goodman. 


Ms. Karhan has more than 17 years’ experience in the reinsurance industry, having been most recently Managing Director within Guy Carpenter’s EMEA Practice, where she led its international terrorism placements and was a member of its Nordics business management team. She had previously held other positions at Guy Carpenter within its EMEA Property Solutions Group.


Commenting on the appointments, Nick Frankland, UK CEO of Aon Benfield, said: “We are excited to have Eric and Emma join our firm and help lead the development of new capabilities within our client offering. Our Capital Advisory unit has been created specifically to advise clients effectively on both their asset and liability strategies, in order to help optimise the use of capital across their operations. In addition, we are evolving our terror offering through enhanced modelling tools and coverage development, which will benefit hugely from Emma’s proven expertise and reinsurer relationships in the class. Both hires will significantly add to our client experience.”







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