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In this episode, Lord Powell discusses the impact of Brexit on the future of trade with Europe, the trend toward increasing nationalism following the pandemic, the role of Britain on the world stage, and his work with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in developing the Special Relationship with the United States.
Charles Powell was born in Sussex, U.K. in 1941 and was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School, King's School, Canterbury and New College, Oxford.
He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1963 and served successively in Finland, the U.S., Germany and at the European Union in Brussels, as well as in the Foreign Office in London. He became Private Secretary and advisor on foreign affairs and defense to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher in 1983; he held the same position in the early part of John Major’s time as Prime Minister. Since 2000 he has been an independent non-party member of the House of Lords.
Since leaving No 10 Downing Street in 1992, Lord Powell has been an international businessman, serving as a Board member of several major international companies, including LVMH (and is their Chairman in the U.K.), amongst other companies.
Lord Powell is Chairman of the Trustees of the Oxford Business School, Chairman of the British Museum Trust, Trustee of the Aspen Institute and Chairman of Atlantic Partnership. He is an honorary Fellow of King’s College London, of Somerville College Oxford and of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
David Furby is Chubb’s Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Furby has overall responsibility for the general management and business results for all Chubb operations in the region. He is also responsible for Chubb Global Markets, the company’s international wholesale business headquartered in London.
Mr. Furby has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. He was previously Vice President, Chubb Group and Division President, Commercial Property and Casualty, Overseas General Insurance. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Mr. Furby was Division President, Commercial Property & Casualty, ACE Overseas General. He was appointed Vice President, ACE Group, in March 2014.
Previously, Mr. Furby was Division President of ACE Tempest Re Group, where he oversaw ACE’s worldwide reinsurance operations. Mr. Furby joined ACE Group in 1996.