Howden, part of Hyperion Insurance Group (“Hyperion”), today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire leading UK Employee Benefits health and protection consultancy, Punter Southall Health and Protection Holdings Ltd (“PSHPH”) and its trading subsidiaries: Punter Southall Health and Protection, Red Arc Assured Ltd and Risk Policy Administration Ltd. The transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approval, adds significant scale to Howden’s existing UK business and further enhances its international Employee Benefits offering, which aims to provide innovative solutions and advice to employers.
David Howden, CEO, Hyperion said: “Howden and Punter Southall Health and Protection’s specialities are highly complementary with entrepreneurial cultures. We both believe in the importance of putting our employees first, which enables us to best serve our clients, and in the importance of technology and data, which underpins our strategies.”
Hyperion recently launched its fourth business Hyperion X, which will develop the Group’s efforts on data, digital delivery, and insurtech investments and incubation. PSHPH provides digital and data analytics services to clients and insurers under the Psyon brand.
As part of the transaction, Paul Johnston will join the Howden UK executive committee as Chief Information Officer, Howden UK, reporting to Chris Evans, CEO, Howden UK.
Paul Johnston, CEO of PSHPH said: “Joining the Howden family marks an exciting chapter for us and provides greater opportunities for our staff. It also represents a significant step in our desire to develop market-leading digital solutions for our clients. Working with Hyperion X, we will be able to build technology to transform the world of employee benefits for the better.’’
Howden has ambitious growth plans for its Employee Benefits division having appointed Glenn Thomas as Managing Director and Global Practice Leader in Employee Benefits earlier this year. In 2017, Howden acquired Sterling Knight, a leading Employee Benefit specialist broker headquartered in Singapore, followed by the acquisition of the Employee Benefits broker ACP in Turkey.
Glenn Thomas added: “I have known Paul and the Punter Southall team for many years and hold them in very high regard. I’m very much looking forward to welcoming them into Howden and delighted that they will play pivotal roles in the next exciting stage of Howden’s Employee Benefits growth in the UK and internationally.”