ACE UK has appointed Jon Houghton to the role of regional manager corporate risks for southern region. His appointment completes the company’s senior team in the corporate segment, established as part of its new operating structure announced in September 2009.

ACE has said that the regional management structure will focus on providing each of its five UK and Ireland regions with local leadership and direct accountability aligned to the needs of brokers and their clients.

Mr Houghton will be responsible for the overall performance of the region which covers London and the South East of England. His role encompasses both underwriting and business development across all of the company’s property and casualty and accident & health lines of business in the corporate segment. He will report to Pat Drinan, director of corporate risk, ACE UK & Ireland.

Mr Houghton joins ACE from QBE where he was head of strategic development, property division.

Mr Drinan said: “Jon’s appointment not only completes our senior regional team but also affirms our commitment to brokers who handle large to mid corporate clients. His expertise and experience will play an important role in driving the corporate segment forward.

“The alignment of our products and services with the need of brokers and their large to mid clients reflects our deep understanding of the particular business operations and risk exposures those clients face.”