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Fidelis names Dublin CUO & CEO as Colm Lyons departs

7th August 2019 - Author: Luke Gallin

Fidelis Insurance Ireland DAC (FIID), Fidelis Insurance’s Dublin hub, has appointed Robert Kelly as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Simon Crone as Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO), positions previously held by the departing Colm Lyons.

fidelis-insurance-logoKelly joined the firm in 2018 from PartnerRe as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of FIID, and will maintain these responsibilities as well as taking on the CEO position.

At the same time, FIID has named Crone, who joined the firm from AmTrust in 2019 as a senior underwriter, as CUO. While at AmTrust, Crone was the CUO for the Mortgage & Credit division. He brings more than two decades of insurance and reinsurance industry experience to the role.

Kelly and Crone replace departing CEO and CUO of Fidelis’ Dublin office, Colm Lyons, who played a vital role in the establishment of the firm’s post-Brexit hub in Ireland.

Commenting on Crone’s appointment, Kelly said: “I am pleased to have Simon join me on the Board and look forward to working together to grow our continental business.”

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Richard Coulson, UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke & Specialty Insurance, said: “Simon has proven himself to be a talented and innovative underwriter. I congratulate him on his appointment to this role and look forward to working with him to build out our European book of bespoke and specialty business.”

Richard Brindle, Chairman and Group CEO & CUO of Fidelis, added: “Both Simon and Rob have proven their business acumen and expertise since joining Fidelis, and I am pleased to confirm their appointments to these roles.

“I’d also like to thank Colm Lyons, departing Chief Executive Officer & Chief Underwriting Officer of FIID, for the successful establishment of our Dublin office, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

“Fidelis’ Dublin office provides certainty to our clients and brokers that we will continue to operate in the EEA irrespective of Brexit, and that there will be continuity of service on our agreements. This is an important part of our business strategy, ensuring that we can continue to grow our Continental book, particularly in specialty and bespoke insurance.”

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