Robert Salmon

Managing Director

U.S. Fine Art, Jewelry & Specie (FAJS) Division

(Metro D.C. Office)

 Years of Experience: 32

Years with Willis Towers Watson: 13

Years of Fine Art Insurance Experience: 31

Robert Salmon is a specialist in museum risk management and fine arts insurance with over 30 years experience. As Managing Director of Willis Fine Art, Jewelry and Specie (U.S.) he serves as a leader of the fine art unit’s administrative operations nationwide (3 offices) servicing some 500 Museum and University collections, more than 300 private collectors and over 250 commercial galleries as well as looking after his own clients.

Robert is an expert in all facets of fine art and collections insurance products and services for such clients. He also has extensive experience insuring major traveling exhibitions, many requiring federal indemnity, including Van Gogh & Gauguin: The Studio of the South for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam during the turbulent events of September 11, 2001. More recent exhibitions handled are Agnes Martin for the Guggenheim, William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master for the Phillips Collection, Matisse/Diebenkorn for SFMOMA and Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado for the Clark.

Robert served as Vice President for Allen Insurance Associates in Los Angeles (7 years) and was President of Fine Arts Risk Management, Near North (nearly 10 years) where he founded the “museum division” and developed it into a leading museum collections insurance brokerage, insuring some 300 museums nationwide.

Prior to that, he was a Lloyd’s broker for Minet, in London where he gained valuable insight into the placement of fine arts and collection insurance in the London market.


Robert was educated in England, attending Bradfield College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and International Banking from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute by examination (ACII). Robert speaks frequently at national and regional museum conferences.