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Optio names Victoria Barrett head of financial lines

8th November 2022 - Author: Kassandra Jimenez-Sanchez

Specialty MGA, Optio Group, has announced the appointment of Victoria Barrett as head of financial lines with immediate effect. She will be based in London and report to executive chairman Matthew Fosh.

OptioIn her new role, Barrett will lead and build out Optio’s existing financial lines proposition, comprising professional indemnity and medical billings, and explore opportunities to expand into new areas of financial lines, including both products and geographies.

She has almost 20 years of financial lines experience, as a broker and an underwriter. She joins the Optio Group from The Hartford where, since 2018, she held the roles of senior underwriter/underwriting manager.

Prior to that she spent nine years at Aon, most recently as executive director and chief broking officer. She also spent a year with Lloyd’s broker Besso, and over a year with Miller Insurance Services.

Commenting on Barrett’s appointment, Fosh said: “We are delighted to welcome Victoria to Optio’s growing team. Her arrival in our financial lines business builds further on our strength and depth in that class, matching our presence throughout our specialty portfolio, comprising construction, nuclear, W&I, A&H, marine K&R/war, PVT and political risk.”

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