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Optio adds Mark Kelsey as senior underwriter, political violence & terrorism

18th December 2020 - Author: Charlie Wood

Specialty MGA Optio Underwriting has appointed Mark Kelsey as senior underwriter within its political violence and terrorism division.

OptioEffective immediately, Kelsey will be based in London and reports to Chris Kirby, head of political violence and terrorism.

He brings over 10 years of industry experience to the role, the majority of which has been spent in crisis management, including kidnap and ransom and political violence and terrorism.

Kelsey joins from Pioneer, now K2 International, where since 2018 he worked as an underwriter in the PVT team.

“Mark is a fantastic hire for Optio and will be a great addition to the Group. His experience complements that of our existing team, and his appointment is a critical part in our strategic plan for expansion,” said Kirby.

“He will primarily focus on the UK and Europe as well as the US and will support the ongoing efforts in emerging markets. I look forward to welcoming Mark to the team.”

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