RFIB Group Limited, the international Lloyd’s insurance and reinsurance broker, is pleased to announce Martin Pyrke has been appointed Senior Executive Officer of RFIB Middle East. Based in Dubai, he takes up his role with immediate effect tasked with maintaining and accelerating the growth of RFIB’s business in the region.
Martin, who joined RFIB in 2009 to develop its Middle East Reinsurance Treaty business, brings nearly four decades’ insurance experience to his new role. Prior to his appointment at RFIB he spent six years developing Benfield’s Middle East account. In total, Martin spent nearly 25 years at Greig Fester (subsequently Benfield) where he held various senior roles including serving as MD of Greig Fester New Zealand.
Martin takes over from Anthony Harris, who has managed RFIB’s Middle East operations for nearly 10 years. Anthony has been appointed Deputy Chairman of RFIB Middle East Group and will also stay on in Dubai in a non-executive role, with responsibility for assisting business development in the wider region, taking advantage of Dubai’s position as the main commercial hub in the Middle East.
Jonathan Turnbull, Chief Executive Officer of RFIB said: “We have built our leading reputation in the Middle East by offering clients products that reflect their needs and evolve with their businesses. In recent years, we have continued to strengthen our team by recruiting specialists who share our service ethos while also diversifying RFIB’s offering and are now ideally positioned to accelerate growth in the region. With his managerial experience, regional understanding and recognised broking skills Martin is the ideal candidate to leverage our strengths to achieve this expansion.”
Adrian Spooner, Chairman of the Middle East Group said: “I am delighted that Anthony Harris will continue with the Group as Deputy Chairman. He has been instrumental to our development and his strategic counsel will be invaluable as we consolidate our leading position in the region.”