Chief executive David Howden, 55, formed this London insurance broking and underwriting group when he led a buyout from Lloyd’s broker SBJ. It now has offices across 36 territories, employing 5,000 people and recently celebrated 25 years of trading. In 2017, Canadian pension fund CDPQ acquired a minority stake in the business, investing £311m. This helped fund £145m of acquisitions and investments in 2018, boosting profit to £108m, topping £100m for the first time.
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