People Moves: Gallagher Hires Eaton From Howden for US Cargo Role; Hartford Names Fish Head of Group Benefits, Bassett Global CUO and Head of Reinsurance

July 10, 2024

Gallagher Names Eaton Exec Director to Support US Cargo

Gallagher appointed of Jonathan Eaton to executive director, responsible for overseeing wholesale to other non-specialist brokers and working with Gallagher offices in the U.S. to support cargo client retention and new business growth. He will join Gallagher in September.

Eaton joins Gallagher from Howden with more than 30 years of experience. At Howden, Eaton was managing director of cargo since 2020. He has also worked for broker RKH Specialty and insurers XL Catlin, Aviva, and AIG.

Fish to Head Group Benefits, Bassett Global CUO at The Hartford

The Hartford, headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, appointed Michael Fish as head of group benefits, succeeding Jonathan Bennett, who will retire at the end of 2024 after 25 years with the company.

Currently chief operating officer for group benefits, Fish joined The Hartford in 2004 and previously served as head of group benefits product and strategy. He also led the Group Benefits underwriting organization. Before joining The Hartford, Fish worked in various leadership positions for Unum Group.

The Hartford also named H. Clay Bassett Jr. as global chief underwriting officer and head of reinsurance. Bassett currently serves as deputy global chief underwriting officer and head of Navigators Reinsurance, a brand of The Hartford. He joined the company in 2019 with the acquisition of The Navigators Group, Inc., where he was the chief underwriting officer. Before that, Bassett served as chief underwriting officer for Folksamerica Reinsurance Company and held various underwriting management positions with Swiss Re, AIG and National Reinsurance Corporation.

Bassett succeeds M. Ross Fisher, who will retire at the end of 2024 after more than two decades with the company.

Fish and Bassett will transition to their new roles by Oct. 1.