Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon Corporation, has appointed Jing Ping Zhang as new head of Facultative for the firm's China operations.

Zhang will be responsible for building the facultative team, driving strategy and business production, and expanding Aon Benfield’s facultative footprint within the China market.

Aon said he has spent the past two years as an integral part of the production and placement team of Aon Benfield Fac, the facultative division of Aon Benfield, based in Aon’s Singapore Broking Centre.

Prior to that, he spent six years working for Aon Re and Aon Specialty in London, joining the company in 2002 as part of the graduate training program.

He will initially relocate to Hong Kong from 1 January 2011 with a view to ultimately moving to Beijing.

Zhang will have a functional reporting line into Stuart Beatty, executive managing director, Aon Benfield APAC Facultative, and will report into Henry To, CEO, Aon Benfield China and Hong Kong, on day to day operational issues.

Aon Benfield APAC CEO Malcolm Steingold said Jing Ping joins the China team with considerable facultative experience which will prove to be invaluable to the growing client base.