Aon Risk Solutions, a global risk and insurance firm, has appointed Craig Preston 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 chief commercial officer (CCO) of crisis management. Both appointments are effective from 1 September 2010.

Preston joined Aon’s crisis management team in 2007 as head of crisis consulting and has been CCO since January 2010. Before joining Aon, he worked as a consultant specializing in leadership and team development. He has 18 years career as a British Army Officer.

As CCO, Harris 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.

Harris has 24 years of risk management and insurance experience, 17 of which has been with Aon in various senior sales and leadership roles.

Aon Corporate managing director Jim Herbert said that Craig’s diverse experience in developing and leading high performing teams will be invaluable as the company focuses on continuing to delight clients and grow the business.