09 January 2018

Aon appoints ex-managing partner as head of legal and technical

Aon has appointed a new head of legal and technical

Edward Smerdon joins the insurance company in its financial and professional services divison.

Aon has appointed Edward Smerdon as head of legal and technical within the financial and professional services division of its London-based Global Broking Centre (GBC). Mr Smerdon was previously a partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and more recently the managing partner of Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold in London. He held leadership roles within both law firms. He is a specialist in complex coverage, with a particular emphasis on financial lines insurance including directors & officers, financial institutions, and professional and employment practice liabilities. Mr Smerdon has worked on  complex claim negotiations and has led product development for many industry verticals. He is a regular on industry panels, addressing key issues facing the sector.

Technical capabilities

Commenting on Smerdon’s appointment, Tracy-Lee Kus, Head of Financial and Professional Services within the GBC said: 'Ed’s appointment reflects our ongoing investment in high-quality professionals whose technical capabilities and insights are enabling us to deliver differentiated capabilities to our global clients. We are excited to have him on board.' Mr Smerdon added: 'After 27 years in private legal practice, with a focus on insurance, I am delighted to make the transition to a dynamic and forward-thinking player like Aon. I look forward to the challenges of the market.'