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Sompo International makes senior London market specialty lines appointments

26th January 2018 - Author: Steve Evans

Bermuda-based specialty insurance and reinsurance carrier Sompo International has announced a number of senior appointments within its London market specialty underwriting business.

Sompo International logoPaul Ashworth has joined Sompo International from his most recent role at AXIS Capital and will lead London Market Insurance marine business, as Head of Marine Insurance.

In the role Ashworth will manage a diverse portfolio of marine underwriting, including Hull & Liability and Cargo & Specie Marine classes.

Ashworth has created and managed Marine insurance portfolios, from both a carrier and broker perspective, over a 30 year career in the London market, underwriting through both company and Lloyd’s syndicates, having worked for Marsh, Arthur J Gallagher and most recently AXIS where he was Marine Manager.

Ian Keegan has been promoted to a newly created role of Head of London Market Aerospace, Energy & Marine and will also become a Deputy Active Underwriter for Sompo International’s Syndicate 5151.

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Keegan has been with Sompo International since April 2016 as an Executive Vice President and Head of Aerospace in the London office, launching the company’s presence in the Aerospace market in London.

Prior to joining Sompo, Keegan created and managed aviation underwriting units at Hiscox and Faraday Underwriting Limited. He reports to Richard Housley, CUO London Market Insurance and Active Underwriter of Syndicate 5151.

Sompo International said that Clifford Easton, Executive Vice President will continue to coordinate Marine & Energy business globally at the firm and will also assume extra leadership responsibilities related to Japan Interest Account business in Europe.

Finally, Tom Houston has been promoted to Head of Energy, London Market Insurance. He has worked at Sompo International since March 2014 as Senior Vice President, Energy, concentrating on exploration and production and other upstream energy accounts. In previous roles Houston worked in Energy underwriting at Hiscox and Catlin’s London Syndicates.

Graham Evans, CEO of London Market Insurance at Sompo International, commented on the appointments, “With the addition of Paul to our business leadership and Ian and Tom’s new roles, we have a strong team in place to further expand our presence in these markets. Our specialty business in both the London market and Continental Europe continue to be a strategic growth area for Sompo International. With a broad range of products, talented underwriting teams and experienced and responsive claims servicing, we are confident that we can add significant value to our client base.”

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