Howden India Appoints Abhijit Sethi as Chief Operating Officer

Abhijit Sethi,Mumbai, 29 August 2023: Howden, the global insurance intermediary, announces today the appointment of Abhijit Sethi as Chief Operating Officer of India operations. In his new role, Mr. Sethi will be responsible for strategic leadership in overseeing pan-India placements, optimising business operations, refining processes, and nurturing insurer relationships to drive sustained growth and innovation.

Abhijit is renowned for his dynamic leadership and strategic insight, boasting a distinguished career spanning nearly two decades. Prior to joining Howden India, he played an instrumental role in developing go-to-market strategies and structuring complex placement programs in his tenures at well-established firms such as Aon, Marsh Insurance Brokers, and Prudent Insurance Brokers.

Amit Agarwal, CEO, of Howden India, added: “Abhijit’s extensive experience in optimising operational efficiency and fostering meaningful industry relationships makes him an invaluable asset to Howden India’s executive team. Howden India continues to attract top-tier talent, and Mr. Sethi’s background underscores the company’s commitment to building a pool of the best professionals and accelerating growth. His expertise in forging strong insurer relationships will further reinforce Howden India’s commitment to excellence and position as a trusted partner in the insurance industry.”

Abhijit Sethi commented: “I am excited to join the remarkable team at Howden India and contribute to our mission of providing top-notch insurance broking services. Together, we will build on the firm’s legacy, enhance insurer relationships, and empower clients with comprehensive and customised insurance solutions.”

Howden India received its trading license in 2004 and now employs over 300 people operating across offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad. As the sixth largest broker in the country, it has built a strong reputation as a specialist commercial insurance broker in key product lines including Liability & Specialty, Agriculture, Health & Benefits, Aviation, Property & Construction, and Reinsurance. In 2022, Howden announced it had obtained the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) approval to increase to 100% its stake in Howden India, reflecting the company’s commitment to build a leading broking business in the country that fosters long-term partnerships with clients and focuses on investing in people and data and technology.