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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.

Markel announces two senior hires within Asia team

9th July 2019

Specialist insurer Markel International has announced the appointments of Christian Stobbs and Colin Fordham to its Asia team. Stobbs, who becomes Managing Director in the region, joined the firm in 2015 and has experience in developing local market insurance and operational strategy across Asia. He was previously Asia Strategy Director and will ... Read the full article

W. R. Berkley appoints Daniel Westcott as President of Berkley Re America

9th July 2019

W. R. Berkley has announced the appointment of Daniel R. Westcott as President of Berkley Re America, its specialty property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance underwriter. Westcott arrives from The Navigators Group, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Reinsurance. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the P&C ... Read the full article

Canopius adds four to new Sydney branch

8th July 2019

Global specialty re/insurer Canopius has made four appointments to its recently-established branch Canopius Australia & Pacific. The new branch is based in Sydney and recently gained binding authority approval from Lloyd’s. Suzanne White joins from Woodina Underwriting Agency with almost 20 years’ experience and becomes an Accident & Health Underwriter. Jeanene ... Read the full article

Neil McConachie exits Third Point Re board

8th July 2019

Neil McConachie, a prominent reinsurance executive who previously helped to found Fidelis, has resigned from the board of hedge fund-backed Third Point Re. According to a United States Stock Exchange Commission filing Third Point Re's board received the resignation of McConachie on 1 July 2019. The effective date of the resignation ... Read the full article

Liberty Specialty Markets makes two senior promotions in Bermuda

8th July 2019

Liberty Specialty Markets, a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has announced two senior promotions within its Bermuda operation. Steven Beadle has been named Chief Financial Officer, while Chen Foley becomes Head of Bermuda Claims. Both promotions take place with immediate effect and follow last year’s integration of the company’s Ironshore ... Read the full article

Brit recruits Cyber & Technology practice VPs from AIG, NAS

8th July 2019

Global specialty re/insurer Brit Ltd has announced the appointments of James Patterson as Vice President, Cyber & Technology and Ryan Mimmo as Vice President, Cyber & Technology for Brit Global Specialty USA (BGSU). In these roles, Jim and Ryan will be responsible for underwriting and supporting the continued growth of BGSU’s ... Read the full article

Blanc’s departure from Zurich due to clash with CEO, says FT

8th July 2019

Zurich Insurance executive Amanda Blanc, who stepped down as CEO EMEA last week, reportedly left the company due to a “personality clash” with CEO Mario Greco, according to sources at the Financial Times. The insurer announced on July 3 that Blanc would be resigning after less than nine months in ... Read the full article

PwC UK announces leadership changes to core business divisions

8th July 2019

PwC UK has announced the appointment of new leaders for some of its core business divisions, including Tax, Deals, Audit, and Risk Assurance. Marissa Thomas will take on the leadership of the Tax practice after two years leading Deals, with Ken Walsh succeeding Thomas as head of the Deals business. Hemione Hudson, ... Read the full article

Markel adds Keith Paul to Dubai team as Senior Underwriter

5th July 2019

Specialist insurer Markel International has appointed Keith Paul as a Senior Underwriter in its Dubai-based trade credit and political risk team. Paul, who brings over a decade of underwriting experience across political risk, surety, trade credit and financial lines, joins from Coface Australia. He previously worked as directors and officers liability underwriter ... Read the full article

Convex adds former AXA XL employee Middleton as Head of Ceded

5th July 2019

Convex Group Limited, the international specialty re/insurer set up by Stephan Catlin, has announced the appointment of Anne Middleton as Head of Ceded Reinsurance and Capital Modelling. Convex was launched this year after a successful $1.8 billion capital raise from investors and in April secured an A- rating from AM ... Read the full article

Barbican adds Markel’s Antony Hope as D&O Class Underwriter

4th July 2019

Barbican Insurance Group, which underwrites re/insurance predominantly through its Lloyd's platform, has announced the appointment of Antony Hope as Class Underwriter for Directors’ & Officers’ (D&O) liability insurance, with immediate effect. He will report to Gavin Stanley, the company’s Head of Financial Lines, and work alongside Sarah McGurk. Hope brings over 23 ... Read the full article

Everest Insurance hires Lloyd’s syndicate underwriter from BHSI

4th July 2019

Everest Insurance International, a division of Bermuda-based reinsurer Everest Re, has appointed Martin Leeks to its Syndicate 2786 as a Medical Malpractice and Multi-National/Specialty Underwriter. Leeks arrives from Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), where he most recently worked as Head of Casualty – UK & Southern Europe. He has more than 30 ... Read the full article

Senior underwriter Tim Butcher to retire from D L Dale Syndicate 2525

4th July 2019

D L Dale & Others, Syndicate 2525, the specialist employers’ and third-party liability Lloyd’s insurer, has announced the retirement of Tim Butcher, Senior Class Underwriter for international liability business. Butcher has spent his entire career in the Lloyd’s market since joining in 1975. He has been with some of his current colleagues ... Read the full article

Miller recruits Taurai Ushe as Head of Business Development for UK Professions

4th July 2019

Global re/insurance broker Miller has bolstered its Professions team with the appointment of Taurai Ushe as Head of Business Development, UK Professions. Ushe has 15 years’ experience in developing new business opportunities and sourcing insurance solutions for UK companies in the professional services sector. He began his career at Allianz in 2004 ... Read the full article

Global Atlantic hires Deutsche Bank exec as CTO

3rd July 2019

Life and annuity re/insurance firm Global Atlantic Financial Group has announced the appointment of Padma Elmgart as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Managing Director, effective June 17. Elmgart most recently served as a senior Chief Information Officer at Deutsche Bank Americas, where she led teams in designing and implementing tech to ... Read the full article

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