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John Ludlow is to step down as chief executive of Airmic, the UK-based risk management association. Mr. Ludlow has been CEO for nearly four years and will remain in his post until his successor is appointed in early 2021.

Tracey Skinner, Airmic chair, said: “Airmic has grown enormously under John’s leadership and I would like to thank him for his tireless contribution to the development of the risk profession. During his time, Airmic membership and partner numbers have increased and diversified, the secretariat team has grown and professionalised, our educational offering transformed and he has begun the important digitisation journey. We wish John all the best.”

The timing allows for a transition period and handover to take place in the first quarter of 2021. The succession process of appointing a new CEO is underway, with a recruiter appointed to the task.

The handover process follows a period of hiring in 2020, during which Airmic recruited several new senior appointments, aimed at increasing the strength of the secretariat and the programme it delivers, and to allow for a smooth transition at the top.

Under Mr Ludlow’s leadership, Airmic has expanded into the enterprise risk management space and transformed its educational offering.

Before joining Airmic, Mr Ludlow was senior vice president and global head of risk management at IHG Group. He has previously served as Airmic deputy chairman, chairman of the technical committee responsible for the production of Roads to Resilience, a member of the board for 8 years, and an Airmic member for 14 years.

Once he steps down he plans to focus on his charitable non-executive director roles, and to spend more time on his other interests and with his family in the West Country.

John Ludlow said: “I am extremely proud of what Airmic has achieved in the past four years, none of which would have been possible without the fantastic support of our team, board, partners and – most importantly – our members.

“My priority has been to position Airmic for the future by improving the quality and richness of our membership offering and developing the partnership structure.

“Airmic’s digitisation journey is fully underway and the spectacular success of Airmic Fest is just the beginning. Airmic now has an expanded, highly motivated and competent team and I feel that someone with more time to give must continue this exciting journey!”

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