Chief executive David Howden, 54, formed this London insurance broking and underwriting group in 1994 when he led a buyout from Lloyd’s broker SBJ. It now has offices across 38 countries and employs more than 4,000 people. Acquisitions in Oman and Singapore, and the launch of a subsidiary in Abu Dhabi in 2017 helped boost sales by 25% to £541.7m. Last December, Canadian pension fund CDPQ agreed to acquire a minority stake in the business, investing £311m to finance further acquisitions.
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