Allied World Assurance appoints president of European platform

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, a provider of insurance and reinsurance, has named Julian James as president of Allied World's European platform effective March 4, 2013, pending certain regulatory approvals.

In his new role, Mr James will be responsible for the strategic direction and underwriting performance of Allied World's European insurance platform, and will work with executive management and the company's boards of directors to execute the platform's operating plans and initiatives. Mr James will be based in Allied World's London office.

Frank D'Orazio, Allied World's President of Bermuda & International Insurance, said: "Our European platform continues to serve as an important growth area for Allied World. Over the last few years, we've launched several new products and divisions as well as our Syndicate 2232, and we are extremely pleased to announce that Julian has joined our management team to further enhance these efforts. His extensive background in building and managing successful international businesses will greatly complement our current strategy to further advance our European operations."

Mr James said:"I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of Allied World's continuing global expansion and to join such a strong management and underwriting team. Allied World's European platform is recognized as a leader in the excess market, and I look forward to helping them further diversify and develop their business."

Mr James has over 30 years of industry experience. He most recently served as CEO of Lockton International since April 2008, primarily responsible for developing its global operations. Prior to that, Mr James held management positions at Lloyd's globally since 1997 as well as chaired and served on several Lloyd's boards.