Howard Potter moves to Astaara from London-based RSA Group, where he was global product director for marine. Before that, he spent 17 years working at CNA Maritime, both in London and Canada.
“Howard is a fantastic addition to the team at Astaara. He has a wealth of industry experience both in the UK and overseas,” said Robert Dorey, CEO of Guernsey-based marine insurance and risk assessment specialists, Astaara.
Mr Potter, who is keenly engaged in international marine market committees, said he was thrilled to be joining such an innovative company at its inception.
“This is the perfect time to be joining Astaara when risk is increasing exponentially, and solutions are needed. The company’s approach to cyber solutions is refreshing and has an offering not seen elsewhere,” he said.
Mr Potter began his career in the insurance industry as a graduate trainee in the Institute of London Underwriters trading room, after leaving the University of Oxford with a degree in History and Modern Languages.
After gaining experience working in marine claims in Manchester, he moved to Birmingham as regional marine underwriter, gaining experience in all marine classes. In 2000, Mr Potter moved to CNA Maritime in 2000 as branch manager in Birmingham, and then to Canada in 2004 as head of marine for CNA Canada.
After three and a half years there he moved back to London, remaining with CNA and progressing through the ranks. After 17 years at the CNA Group, Mr Potter took up a position as global product director for marine at RSA.
In his spare time, Mr Potter enjoys spending time with his two young sons, getting away to the mountains to ski or to walk whenever he can. He also enjoys music both as a performer and a listener.