Specialist re/insurer Beazley has appointed Francisco Alcaide and Alexander van Nierop as financial lines underwriters at the company’s hub for continental Europe in Barcelona.
Alcaide joins Beazley from Hiscox, where he has spent the previous eight years as a senior underwriter in the insurer’s professional risks team in Spain, with responsibility for managing several broker networks.
He began his career at AIG Spain, where he spent four years as a financial lines underwriter.
In his new role, Alcaide will be responsible for launching Beazley’s e-trading platform for speciality products in Spain and for developing the SME book in the region.
Meanwhile, van Nierop arrives from Aon in the Netherlands, where he most recently served as broker director and cyber broking solutions leader, having previously worked as a broking director for both international property and financial institutions for Benelux.
Prior to Aon, van Nierop held various broking roles at Marsh, before which he worked in Fortis Bank’s corporate finance and capital markets divisions.
At Beazley, he will be tasked with developing the company’s specialty book of business in Benelux, working closely with local brokers and producers from his network.
The appointments of Alcaide and van Nierop form part of Beazley’s expansion of its European financial lines team over the past 12 months, which has seen a number of underwriters and specialist lines claims managers join the insurer’s offices in Munich, Paris and Barcelona.
“Our growth strategy in Europe continues to gather pace and we are very pleased to welcome Francisco and Alexander to the team,” said Lorena Segovia, Beazley’s financial lines regional manager for continental Europe.
“At Beazley we’ve been expanding our specialist product offering and bringing on board experienced individuals whose product, territory and segment knowledge and strong market relationships will support our ambitions,” he added.