Press release

Marsh Appoints Phil Hobson as Affinity Leader, International Division

15 December 2020

Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, today announced the appointment of Phil Hobson as Affinity Leader, International Division. Effective January 1 2021, Mr. Hobson will join the International Executive Committee and report to Flavio Piccolomini, President of Marsh's International Division. He will relocate from Hong Kong to London next year. 

Marsh’s affinity business provides insurance solutions that are aligned to clients’ brands, cultures, and values and are tailored to customer, member, and/or franchisees' interests. These solutions are designed for clients to enhance relationships, create additional value, and foster greater loyalty. 

In this newly created role, Mr. Hobson will oversee the development of Marsh’s affinity business across the International Division, comprising Africa, Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Pacific, and the UK & Ireland. He will also work closely with Marsh’s global digital group in the development of new platform solutions, as well as the deployment of Bluestream™, Marsh’s cloud-based digital broker platform for the affinity market. 

Mr. Hobson joined Marsh in 1996 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Commercial & Consumer Leader for Asia. He brings more than 34 years of industry expertise to the role and has extensive experience in leading teams across the Pacific and Asia. 

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Piccolomini said: “Our clients increasingly view insurance not only as a way to manage risk, but also as an opportunity to grow their top line, create value for their own clients, and engage their key stakeholders. Phil has an enviable track record in creating tangible value for affinity clients across multiple geographies, from unlocking additional revenue streams to driving greater engagement among affinity group members.” 

Mr. Hobson added: “Affinity insurance solutions are increasingly a key differentiator in winning new business and sustaining long term customer loyalty for many organisations, especially those in the automotive, device, sharing economy, associations, sports and technology sectors. I look forward to developing Marsh’s market-leading proposition across the International Division, and assisting our clients in creating new affinity experiences that align to their brand, culture, and values.”

About Marsh

Marsh is the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. With around 40,000 colleagues operating in more than 130 countries, Marsh serves commercial and individual clients with data-driven risk solutions and advisory services. Marsh is a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue over $18 billion, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading businesses: MarshGuy CarpenterMercer and Oliver Wyman. For more information, visit, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe to BRINK.

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Angeline Ong

Head of Marketing and Communications, Marsh

+65 6922 8094