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Apollo adds four to bolster casualty offering

21st February 2020 - Author: Luke Gallin

Independent specialist insurer and reinsurer, Apollo Syndicate Management, has announced four senior appointments to its Syndicate 1969 at Lloyd’s of London, as it continues to bolster its casualty offering.

ApolloColm Lyons has been named Head of Casualty at Apollo Syndicate 1969, and will report to Matt Newman, Apollo Group Head of Casualty.

In this role, Lyons will be tasked with leading both the international and US casualty teams and focus on developing bespoke solutions for clients. Prior to Apollo, he served as CEO and CUO of Fidelis Insurance in Dublin. Before Fidelis, he worked at XL Catlin for more than a decade as chief excess casualty officer.

Lee Ackerman brings 18 years of experience to Apollo Syndicate 1969 and joins as senior US casualty underwriter. Most recently, he worked for more than 16 years as assistant vice president and senior underwriter at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

The next addition to the team is James Perrott, who brings 15 years of insurance industry experience to the firm. He has worked at Liberty Specialty Markets as excess casualty underwriting manager since 2015. Prior to this, he served as an assistant vice president at Swiss Re between 2013 and 2015.

The company has also announced the appointment of Tom Graham as US casualty underwriter. Graham began his career in the industry in 2012 at insurance and reinsurance broker Aon, and has since held roles in its US casualty and healthcare divisions.

The appointments of both Lyons and Ackerman are effective immediately, while Perrott and Graham will join upon the completion of their contractual obligations. In their new roles, Ackerman, Perrott and Graham will all report to Lyons.

Newman commented: “Our team writes a global, specialist casualty book that has grown in size and profitability over recent years. We are resolutely committed to investing in talent and growing our portfolio as market conditions improve. We are therefore very pleased to welcome Colm, Lee, James, and Tom to the team.”

Lyons said: “Apollo has a market leading book with an exceptional team and outstanding clients. I look forward to working with Matt and our colleagues to lead the team forward in an increasingly favourable market.”

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