HX, the data, digital and analytics division of Howden Group Holdings, announced it has established HX Asia, which enables it to deploy its data, analytics and technology capabilities directly to clients and carriers in the Asian market.
HX Asia will be based at the group’s regional headquarters in Singapore.
HX comprises four areas of expertise: HX Data, HX Markets, HX Analytics and xTrade Digital Marketplace.
Edward Howland Jackson has been recruited from Marsh as managing director to lead HX Markets, Asia. Hamish Barcroft and Rahul Patil also are joining the team.
HX Markets, Asia, will work with Howden Group’s businesses in the region to enhance carrier relationships through advice-led, data-driven solutions.
“Our businesses across Asia have experienced tremendous growth over recent years. We have reached a scale where it is vital to have a market-leading engagement and distribution strategy,” said Goh Chye Huat, CEO of Howden Asia.
Paul O’Neill, CEO Howden Specialty, Asia Pacific, commented: “The arrival of Ed and his team is very timely as Howden cements its position as the challenger broker in the Asia-Pacific region, offering clients specialist local service with international reach and access to deep global specialty expertise. The capabilities of HX, combined with the strategic intent of Howden Specialty, will provide our clients with optimal solutions to respond to the current challenging environment.”
HX was formed in 2019 with the aim of digitally transforming and accelerating the growth of Howden, using data, analytics and technology to respond to client and market needs. In just two years, HX has expanded its headcount to more than 150 employees in the group’s London headquarters.
The appointment of a team in Asia marks a significant step in bringing the HX offering closer to its clients and partners across the globe, said the company in a statement.