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New area director and Crisis Management for Aon

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Craig Preston appointed area director for Aon Corporate’s Reading and Southampton offices

John Harris appointed Global CCO of Aon’s Crisis Management (ACM) business

Aon Risk Solutions, the world’s leading global risk and insurance firm has appointed Craig Preston, currently chief commercial officer (CCO) of Aon’s Crisis Management business, as area director responsible for Aon Corporate’s Reading and Southampton offices. John Harris, currently executive director with regional responsibilities for ACM UK and Ireland, will be taking over as Global CCO of Crisis Management. Both appointments take effect from 1 September, 2010.

Craig joined Aon’s Crisis Management team in 2007 as head of crisis consulting and has been CCO since January of this year. Before joining Aon, he worked as a consultant specialising in leadership and team development. Prior to this, Craig worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises as a senior manager in sales and operational appointments. This followed an 18 year career as a British Army Officer, having graduated from The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

John has 24 years of risk management and insurance experience, 17 of which has been with Aon in various senior sales and leadership roles. As CCO he will be responsible for driving growth and ensuring the further consolidation of Aon’s leading position in the terrorism, kidnap and ransom, political risk, product recall and crisis consulting arenas across the globe.

Jim Herbert, managing director of Aon Corporate commented: “I am delighted that Craig is joining us, and that we have been able to fill this key position from within Aon’s existing talent. Craig’s diverse experience in developing and leading high performing teams will be invaluable as we focus on continuing to delight our clients and grow the business.”

Paul Bassett, global CEO of Aon’s Crisis Management division comments: “Having worked right across Aon over a long period of time, and with the crisis management team since July 2009, John brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the way our clients like to work, and the market we operate in. It is this experience I know he will utlilise to develop even stronger relationships across our firm, driving growth in sales, adding to the success of Aon’s Crisis Management team.”

Source : AON Press Release