Specialty property insurer Palomar has expanded its underwriting and reinsurance teams with the addition of three additional personnel, including Ty Robben’s arrival from Great American as a Senior Vice President, Casualty Underwriting.
A 14 year veteran, Robben reports to Chief Underwriting Officer Jon Christianson and will spearhead the firm’s Casualty business.
Meanwhile, Gerrit VandeKemp joins as Vice President, Casualty Underwriting. He will support Robben in developing Palomar’s Casualty franchise by building out the Professional Lines underwriting practice.
VandeKemp spent eight years at CRC Group (CRC) where he served as Director, Professional Services Group.
While at CRC, he was responsible for a broad range of coverages including D&O, EPL, Fiduciary, Crime, Kidnap & Ransom, Media Liability, Network Security & Privacy and Technology E&O
Chris Cebula joins as Senior Vice President within Reinsurance and will be responsible for the management and execution of Palomar’s risk transfer strategy.
He was previously a Portfolio Manager at Elementum Advisors, a Chicago-based alternative investment fund focused on natural catastrophe reinsurance.
“I am very excited to welcome Ty, Gerrit and Chris to the Palomar team,” commented Mac Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“These seasoned professionals bring tremendous industry experience and expertise to Palomar’s underwriting and reinsurance teams. I am pleased to have Ty and Gerrit leading our Casualty efforts, which will undoubtedly profitably grow our business and diversify our portfolio.
“Similarly, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to our already strong reinsurance team that will be beneficial to our overall risk transfer strategy.
“These hires are prime examples of Palomar’s continued focus on investing in the long-term growth of the business. Expanding our team is critical to our long-term success and I am thrilled that we can attract such experienced and talented professionals to the Palomar team.”