TT Club Strengthens Middle East Presence
Specialist freight transport insurance provider TT Club said it is reinforcing its presence in Dubai with a move which aims to support the Club’s existing claims team in the UAE and underlines the insurer’s commitment to what is a dynamic region and provides an additional service level to both Members and brokers in the Middle East.
Julien Horn, having already been TT’s underwriter dedicated to the Middle East for some six years now, will relocate to Dubai on secondment to Through Transport Mutual Services (Gulf), the Club’s long established joint venture Network Partner. Horn will be supporting the local claims team headed by Brian Reckerman.
The Middle East has long been a strong market for TT Club. The region has enjoyed substantial trade growth and it has a significant role as a key transport and logistics hub for global trade. US$7.5 billion was spent in the region on logistics services in 2011, and international economic consultancy Frost & Sullivan forecasts put this total at over $10 billion annually by 2015*. With this sort of growth, freight transport and logistics service providers in the Middle East represent a significant opportunity. This move reemphasizes the Club’s established position in providing insurance solutions and unparalleled support for its membership and regional insurance brokers.
Falling within the EMEA region headquartered in London, Regional Director Andrew Kemp is responsible for the move. “Julien’s increased presence and time spent on the ground will enable the Club to strengthen support of its membership. He will work closely with both London and local brokers as the Club looks to grow in the Middle East, reinforcing its desire to provide comprehensive cover and service at competitive pricing levels. In particular, Julien will aim to drive forward a number of local initiatives the Club has to promote transport insurance and risk management,” emphasized Kemp.
Horn has worked for the Thomas Miller Group (managers of TT Club) in London since 2003, focusing in recent years on the Middle East and surrounding areas. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and Member of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners. He has travelled extensively in the region and now relishes the opportunity to be based at its heart in Dubai. “In addition to serving the Club’s current membership, I am keen to show regional brokers how they also can benefit from TT’s experience. The Club’s expertise in the management of liability risk and its understanding of transport operators’ possible levels of exposure, coupled with its established international network of correspondents, which like TTMS (Gulf)in Dubai handles claims ‘on the ground’, is unique,” claimed Horn.