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Hippo adds Munich Re’s Laura Hoensch to Spinnaker leadership

14th April 2021 - Author: Matt Sheehan

California-headquartered, homeowners focused-insurtech Hippo has recruited Laura Hoensch as the new General Counsel for Spinnaker Insurance Company, which was acquired by Hippo last year.

Hoensch most recently served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Digital Partners, a Munich Re company.

At the same time, Hippo has made several other key leadership hires, including the appointments of Susan Linder as Deputy General Counsel of Growth, Moya McKenna as Insurance Compliance Counsel, and Anna Berces as Assistant General Counsel.

Linder is an experienced legal executive who was most recently the Assistant General Counsel for Warranty & Alternative Risks at CNA Insurance, and prior to that General Counsel for Toyota’s Insurance Management Solutions.

McKenna specializes in state insurance regulation and state regulatory compliance and joins the company from the law firm of Duane Morris LLP and previously the Texas Department of Insurance, where she was Assistant Director, Office of Financial Counsel.

And Berces joins from Postmates Inc., where she served as Senior Counsel, focusing on a variety of litigation, product compliance, and public company compliance and readiness matters. Prior to Postmates, she was with Latham & Watkins LLP where she handled SEC related matters and litigation.

All four of these appointments will report to General Counsel and VP of Compliance, Tracy Bowden, who oversees Hippo’s legal and compliance team.

“Like our regulators, our focus at Hippo is to be proactively engaged in finding solutions that are in the interest of our customers,” said Bowden.

“Susan, Laura, Moya, and Anna were the perfect fit for Hippo in their belief in working in partnership with our regulators to focus on our customers interests. Each brings a unique set of skills, relationships, and expertise to Hippo that will allow us to move more efficiently and act with even greater care, to serve our growing list of customers.”

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