Willis Group holdings has appointed Nicolas Aubert as CEO designate of Willis UK Insurance, which includes its UK retail and global speciality businesses.
Aubert will report to the current CEO Steve Hearn in 2015, following a transition period and regulatory approvals he will take up his position to expand Willis' UK insurance business.
Hearn will continue as the group deputy CEO for Willis.
Aubert is currently the chief operating officer of American International Group and was formerly their managing director in the UK.
Dominic Casserley, CEO of Willis Group said: "Nicolas's wealth of specialty and retail experience in the UK and abroad, combined with his strong technical knowledge of the market and the evolving needs of complex clients, make him the ideal candidate to drive forward the continued growth of Willis's business in the UK. I look forward to working with him closely in the months and years ahead."
Aubert added: "Willis's business in the UK is built around an incredible pool of talent. I am eager to get to work drawing on all of this experience and knowledge to help Willis's clients with innovative and custom-built risk management solutions.
"I am excited by the Group's strategic approach of focusing on the unique needs of clients while providing them access to the full range of insurance products and risk management services that define Willis as the connected, analytical broker."