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Michael Davern joins Fidelis Underwriting as a Senior Underwriter

2nd March 2020 - Author: Luke Gallin

Bermuda domiciled insurance and reinsurance firm, Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited, has announced the appointment of Michael Davern as a Senior Underwriter for Fidelis Underwriting Limited.

In his new role, Davern will lead the growth of the company’s direct and facultative writings based in the London office, while at the same time working closely with the Bermuda team.

He joins the firm from AXA XL where he worked for more than ten years, most recently as an Underwriting Manager writing open market and delegated authority business.

UK Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) & Executive Head of Bespoke & Specialty at Fidelis, Richard Coulson, said: “I am delighted to welcome Michael as Fidelis continues to build its Specialty capabilities. D&F is an area where significant capacity has been removed from the market allowing a pricing correction and creating a strong demand for new participants.

“We are very focused on being responsive to brokers and clients and believe Michael is the right person to lead the continued growth of this product line for us.”

Richard Holden, Executive Head of Reinsurance at Fidelis, added: “We feel this is the right time to enter the Direct and Facultative market, utilising Bermuda and London brokers to access business. Michael brings 15 years of industry experience and market relations to Fidelis and we look forward to building another long-term class of business to complement our existing lines within the Fidelis group.”

Commenting on his new role, Davern said: “I am excited to join Fidelis, at a time when Fidelis can offer solution for brokers’ and clients’ need for capacity. Given their reputation for client service and that they have a true underwriting philosophy at their core I look forward to growing the Direct & Facultative property book and contributing to Fidelis’ ongoing success.”

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