Chief executive David Howden, 56, formed this London insurance broking and underwriting group when he led a buyout from broker SBJ in 1994. It now employs 5,000 people in offices across 40 territories on six continents. It plans to merge its international broking businesses Howden and RKH as Howden from October. Acquisitions in Turkey, Mexico and Italy helped boost profits to £107.7m in 2018. As we went to press, it reported profits of £138m for 2019. It supports the Alzheimer Society’s emergency appeal and is matching any Covid-19 charitable donations by staff.
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