Ed, the global reinsurance, wholesale and specialty broker, today announced the appointment of Andrew Draycott as CEO-designate of Ed Broking in London. His appointment is subject to regulatory approvals and he will take up his role once the acquisition of Ed Broking Group by BGC Partners, Inc has completed. On completion of the acquisition, Ed will become part of BGC’s new insurance division. Steve Hearn, currently Group CEO of Ed Broking, will become head of BGC’s insurance division.
Draycott brings nearly three decades of industry experience to the role and has been an integral member of the executive team since Ed’s launch in 2016. He is currently Global Head of Sales and Retention and prior to this was the CEO of Ed’s Energy, Marine and Construction Division. Draycott began his career in 1990 as an energy broker before becoming the Managing Director of Newman Martin and Buchan’s Energy Division.
Commenting on his appointment, Draycott said, “The insurance landscape is developing from a number of perspectives. It is an excellent time to be a high quality independent broker with the financial backing to power growth and technological development. Ed has come a long way in just over two years, the strength and relevance of our disruptive approach has never been greater and I am proud to be leading our London business at a time of such historic opportunity.”
Group CEO of Ed Broking Group, Steve Hearn said, “At the time we announced Ed’s acquisition it was clear that my role would change and that I’d take responsibility for leading BGC’s wider insurance industry efforts. I am therefore delighted that Andrew has agreed to take on the leadership of Ed Broking’s London operations and have every confidence that the business, to which I have an obvious and passionate connection, is in great hands and has a bright future.”