Ascent Underwriting, the cyber and specialty lines MGA and a founding partner of Optio, has announced the appointment of cyber underwriters Kieran Shiret and Henry Rydon.
Shiret and Rydon previously held underwriting roles at Beazley and Equinox, respectively.
They are expected to bring additional cyber expertise and experience to Optio, particularly in its core market of North America.
Both appointments are effective immediately, and both Shiret and Rydon will report to Caspar Stops, Head of Cyber at Ascent.
“I am extremely pleased to announce the appointments of Kieran and Henry; two extremely talented underwriters with considerable drive, composure and technical ability,” said Stops.
“Their appointments reflect the strong demand for cyber products in North America and our ongoing efforts to keep pace with that demand,” he continued.
“I am delighted to welcome them to Optio and look forward to working with them to further leverage the strengths of our organisation and set new standards for our clients.”
As of September, Ascent is a group company of Optio, which together with Cove Programs forms one of the largest independently-owned specialty MGA groups.