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Insurance and reinsurance industry hiring, appointments and people moves news and announcements. Covering key hires and people moves across the global reinsurance, commercial and specialty insurance markets.

Berkshire BHSI enters UK construction, appoints SCOR’s Seamer to lead division

16th January 2019

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), the insurance arm of Warren Buffett’s global insurance and reinsurance company, is expanding into the UK property construction insurance market and has added Simeon Seamer to lead as Head of Property Construction, UK & Ireland from the firm's London office. Alongside property construction, BHSI's UK expansion ... Read the full article

AIG adds Thomas Motamed to Board of Directors

16th January 2019

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has announced that Thomas F. Motamed has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Motamed retired from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CNA Financial Corporation in 2016, a role that he had held since 2009. Prior to this, he spent ... Read the full article

HDI Global names Claire McDonald as MD for UK & Ireland

15th January 2019

HDI Global SE has announced the appointment of Claire McDonald as Managing Director (MD) of its UK and Ireland operations, effective 18 March 2019. McDonald joins the company from Allianz Global & Corporate Specialty SE, where she served as Global Head of Operations. She previously worked for over 31 years within the ... Read the full article

AEGIS London announces board additions

14th January 2019

AEGIS London has announced that Tom Busher, previously non-executive chair of the Board's Risk Committee, has succeeded William Dalton as non-executive chair of the Board of the managing agency. At the same time, Christopher Crane, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of U.S. energy supplier, Exelon Corporation, has been named non-executive ... Read the full article

Beazley adds financial lines underwriters to Barcelona team

11th January 2019

Specialist re/insurer Beazley has appointed Francisco Alcaide and Alexander van Nierop as financial lines underwriters at the company’s hub for continental Europe in Barcelona. Alcaide joins Beazley from Hiscox, where he has spent the previous eight years as a senior underwriter in the insurer’s professional risks team in Spain, with responsibility ... Read the full article

MS Amlin CFO John Worth to depart for Hastings

11th January 2019

The Chief Financial Officer of global re/insurer MS Amlin, John Worth, is to depart the company in favour of a lead role at the insurer Hastings. The move comes just 14 months after replacing the firm’s previous CFO Chris Rash. MS Amlin has stated that Worth will remain in the role until ... Read the full article

MAPFRE appoints Christopher Smith as Chief Global Brokers Officer

11th January 2019

Spanish insurance giant MAPFRE has appointed Christopher Smith as its Chief Global Brokers Officer. Smith joined MAPFRE Global Risk in 2013, where he worked as the Head of European business and subsequently as Chief Regions & Markets Officer - International. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years at RSA, eventually becoming ... Read the full article

AmTrust unveils new strategy & leadership team following go-private deal

9th January 2019

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. has unveiled a new strategic plan for the company, called AmTrust Forward, as well as the layout of its new leadership team. The announcements follow the completion of AmTrust’s $3 billion go-private merger deal in November 2018, in which the insurer’s outstanding shares were acquired Stone ... Read the full article

Michel Khalaf to succeed Steven Kandarian as MetLife CEO

9th January 2019

MetLife has announced that Michel A. Khalaf is to succeed Steven A. Kandarian as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from May 1, 2019. Khalaf has served as President of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at MetLife since 2011, with added responsibility for the company’s U.S Business ... Read the full article

AXIS Capital names Govind Balu as Chief Analytics Officer

9th January 2019

Bermudian re/insurance group AXIS Capital Holdings has announced the appointment of Govind Balu as Chief Analytics Officer. Balu will be tasked with leading AXIS’ data and analytics initiatives globally, as well as the company’s Analytics Center of Excellence, which partners with teams across the organisation to apply digital solutions to AXIS’ ... Read the full article

Bill Wharton appointed Head of Argo Insurance Bermuda

9th January 2019

Global specialty re/insurer Argo Group International Holdings, has appointed Bill Wharton Head of Argo Insurance Bermuda. The appointment is effective immediately and follows former leader Nigel Mortimer’s move to a new role heading up the company’s International Casualty business from its London office. Mortimer reports to Steve Eccles, International Chief Underwriting Officer. Wharton, ... Read the full article

Argo names Gary Grose interim Head of Colony Specialty

8th January 2019

Argo Group U.S, a subsidiary of global specialty re/insurer Argo Group International Holdings, has appointed Gary Grose as interim head of its Colony Specialty business. Grose will take on the role in addition to his current responsibilities as Argo Group’s Head of Marketing and Producer Management. He will stand in while a ... Read the full article

Global Atlantic appoints Anup Agarwal as Deputy Chief Investment Officer

8th January 2019

Life and annuity re/insurance firm Global Atlantic Financial Group has announced the appointment of Anup Agarwal as Deputy Chief Investment Officer. Agarwal joins Global Atlantic from Western Asset Management, where he most recently served as Head of Residential, Consumer and Commercial Credit and was responsible for managing more than $60 billion ... Read the full article

Justin Moser promoted to President of ebmsRe

8th January 2019

EbmsRe, a stop-loss reinsurance program owned by Employment Benefit Management Services (EBMS) has promoted Justin Moser to the President role. Moser has been with EBMS for over a decade, having joined in 2007 as an Account Manager. He will now oversee the strategic and financial goals of ebmsRe and lead efforts to ... Read the full article

WTW adds Costas Yiasoumi to pension de-risking team

8th January 2019

Global insurance and reinsurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has appointed Costas Yiasoumi as a Senior Director in its pension de-risking transaction business. Yiasoumi joins WTW from Legal & General, where he served as Head of Core Business, focusing on the buy-in and buy-out market. He has more than 20 years’ experience ... Read the full article

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