Appointment of Matt Harlin to Board

December 2012

HW Wood Limited appoints Bluefin Regional MD Matt Harlin to lead its UK Corporate and Real Estate businesses.

Independent global broker HW Wood Limited today announces the appointment of Matt Harlin to its board. Matt will be responsible for leading and growing both the UK Corporate and Real Estate divisions. He will be based at the HW Wood Limited London office.

Matt brings impressive executive experience from some of the insurance market's most highly regarded companies having spent the past 11 years at SBJ and subsequently Bluefin where he was extensively involved in corporate business. He has a strong track record of developing partnerships across a variety of UK industries and with businesses of different sizes. He will be appointed to the board in April which is subject to FSA approval.

Established in 1982 HW Wood Limited is a leading global insurance broker with Lloyd’s representation and Group offices across Europe, Australia and Canada, as well as affiliates in the U.S.A. The business has developed a strong and profitable position both as a retail and wholesale broker across niche markets including marine, real estate, corporate and fine art.

Steve Rudduck, Director said, "Matt is a very significant appointment for HW Wood Limited as we continue to attract people with experience and credibility in the market. He has a strong track record of growing and developing teams who can target sophisticated insurance buyers. There is no doubt he will add value to our Board and UK Corporate and Real Estate teams which we are actively seeking to grow over the coming years."

Matt Harlin said, "This is an exciting challenge with a highly respected broker which is well positioned and committed to grow across the UK and Europe. HW Wood already boasts a depth of talent and expertise across the business and I am looking forward to working with and growing the team to develop our capabilities and position further."