José Manuel González has been appointed CEO of Howden Broking Group.
Effective immediately, González will become deputy CEO of the business as part of the transition, taking on the full CEO title from 1 October 2018.
He will take the reins from David Howden who has been the driving force behind the broker since it was founded in 1994. The reshuffle will see Howden remain as CEO of Hyperion, the group’s parent company.
González is currently CEO of Howden Iberoamerica, overseeing 700 employees across eight countries, a position he will retain alongside his new leadership role. He is also a member of the Hyperion Group executive committee.
He joined the firm 11 years ago, and since then has established the Howden Iberia business, which under his leadership, is now the fourth largest broker in Spain.
González will continue to report to Howden in his new role.
Commenting on the appointment, Howden said: “Following the investment by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in our business, we have entered a new chapter of growth. As the group continues to evolve, it is time for me to focus more on our group strategy and ambitious growth plans.”
“José Manuel has a real passion for our business and understands that it is the talent and the culture in the group that sets us apart and that our employee-ownership model ensures our focus is on delivering the best solutions for our clients as it is personal for us,” he added.
González said: “I feel both excited and privileged that David has asked me to take on this challenge. I know from personal experience that Howden has even greater potential than we have already achieved. I look forward to working closely with the management teams in each of our five regions to drive forward together our ambitious growth plans.”