Specialist reinsurance brokerage Capsicum Re has announced that co-founder, Raja Balasuriya, has been appointed as Chairman, taking over from fellow Capsicum Re founder, Grahame Chilton.
Balasuriya served as Capsicum Re’s first ever Managing Partner from 2014 and, alongside his partners, has led and grown its UK Motor & Liability unit since the beginning.
He takes over as Chairman from Chilton, who as previously announced, would re-join the broader Gallagher business as Chairman, when Capsicum Re became the wholly owned specialist reinsurance arm of Gallagher in January of this year.
Additionally, Capsicum Re has revealed other key members of its new Executive Committee, tasked with leading the reinsurance broker through its next growth phase.
Capsicum Re’s new Executive Committee includes Rupert Swallow as Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Raja Balasuriya as Chairman; Matt FitzGerald as Managing Partner – Property & Specialty; Alistair Lockhart-Smith as Managing Partner – Marine & Energy; Abbhi Bala as Finance Director; and Simon Behagg as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Swallow commented: “By anyone’s estimation, Raja is one of the top reinsurance market producers. Together with his team and clients, he represents a significant share of the total book of motor reinsurance purchased here in the UK. More than that, Raja has always shared our vision and belief in being able to build – from the ground up – a fresh, new, entrepreneurial reinsurance broker with transactional expertise, innovation and client advocacy at its core.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have him as our chairman as we embark on the next major development phase for the business. His knowledge, insight and pioneering qualities will be incredibly valuable as we look to realise our strategic growth ambitions internationally. And, as the specialist reinsurance arm of one of the world’s largest insurance brokers, those ambitions are big, bold and almost boundless.”
Discussing the new Executive Committee, Swallow added: “Alistair and Matt have, along with Raja, developed portfolios of substance in an incredibly short period of time. The challenge of succeeding in this way can be understood only by those who have put themselves to the ultimate test of production – creating a start-up and building from the ground up. Along with all the other Managing Partners of Capsicum Re, Alistair and Matt have excelled in meeting this challenge.
“The scale of our ambition and untapped nature of many of the opportunities that lie ahead demand a close-knit but diverse core leadership team. Combining our top financial and operational talent in Abbhi and Simon with the client-centred, risk transfer expertise and leadership experience of Alistair and Matt, as two of our divisional heads, will give us a razor-sharp focus on realising this business’ potential.”