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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.

David Ripton joins WTW to lead Broking, Global Marine, CRB

15th March 2019

Global insurance and reinsurance broker, Willis Towers Watson (WTW), has announced the appointment of David Ripton as Head of Broking, Global Marine in its Corporate Risk and Broking (CRB) unit. Ripton joins the firm from rival brokerage Marsh, where since 2014 he held the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for ... Read the full article

Pioneer adds Nick Greggains as CEO of US operations

15th March 2019

Pioneer Underwriters, part of Minova Insurance Holdings, has announced the appointment of Nick Greggains as Chief Executive Officer of its US operations. Greggains will be based in New York and report to Group CEO Andrew McMellin. His appointment, which is effective on March 25, will see the current US CEO Gene Hinman ... Read the full article

Steven Grippo added to Sompo International unit as Senior VP

15th March 2019

Bermuda-based property and casualty re/insurer Sompo International Holdings (SIH) has added Steven Grippo to Sompo Pro as Senior Vice President. Grippo, who brings nearly 30 years’ experience to the role, will be tasked with leading the unit’s U.S Architects & Engineers practice. He joins from AIG’s Lexington Insurance Company, where he served ... Read the full article

Willis Towers Watson names Head of Power and Utilities for CEEMEA region

14th March 2019

Global insurance and reinsurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has appointed Mark Hiles as Head of Power and Utilities for the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region. Hiles will be responsible for developing client solutions and driving business growth in the power and utilities sectors across the ... Read the full article

Global Parametrics adds HSBC’s Deborah Hazell as Non-Exec Director

14th March 2019

Global Parametrics, a parametric and index-based risk transfer startup backed by the UK and German governments, has appointed Deborah Hazell as a Non-Executive Director. Hazell currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Global Asset Management (Americas) and oversees close to $100 billion in assets across the region. “The Board is excited ... Read the full article

Channel Syndicate 2015 promotes Matt Ackland to CCO role

13th March 2019

SCOR-backed Channel Syndicate 2015 (Channel) at the specialist Lloyd's of London re/insurance marketplace has announced the appointment of Matt Ackland as Chief Commercial Officer of the London platform. Ackland has been with the company for over six years, starting out in underwriting operations before being promoted to head of strategy and ... Read the full article

Aon’s New Ventures Group positioned to accelerate IP push

13th March 2019

Global re/insurance brokerage Aon has announced that its New Ventures Group (NVG) will be formally sponsoring the firm’s new Intellectual Property Solutions (IPS) team in an effort to help accelerate its development and expand the marketplace. Meanwhile, Brian Cochrane has been added as the IPS Chief Commercial Officer. He previously ... Read the full article

Qatar General Insurance names Al Efrangi as CEO

13th March 2019

The Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company (QGIRCO) has announced the appointment of Hassan Ahmed Hassan Al Efrangi as Group Chief Executive Officer. The move sees Al Efrangi replace the recently-departed Ghazi Abu Nahl. He brings over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector and has extensive experience in leadership, performance improvement ... Read the full article

Tokio Marine HCC bolsters Nordic Surety team with senior hires

13th March 2019

Specialty insurance group Tokio Marine HCC has announced the appointment of Henning Skaarup as Head of Surety Nordics and Holm Larsen as Senior Surety Underwriter, effective immediately. Skaarup, who will be based in Copenhagen and act as General Managing of a newly-created Danish branch, will be tasked with developing and directing ... Read the full article

ArgoGlobal appoints new CUO for Europe, Middle East and Asia

12th March 2019

Lloyd's of London insurer ArgoGlobal has announced the appointment of Alfredo Alonso as Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) for Europe, Middle East and Asia, effective March 2019. Alonso will be based in London and will report to Group of Head of International Operations, ArgoGlobal, Matt Harris. "Alfredo’s extensive underwriting expertise spans European, Middle ... Read the full article

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty adds Marine, Property leaders for UK & Ireland

12th March 2019

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), the insurance arm of Warren Buffett’s global insurance and reinsurance company, has appointed Pedro Mairos and Sean Mannion as Head of Marine and Head of Property, respectively, for the UK and Ireland. Mairos joins BHSI from AXA Corporate Solutions, where he most recently served as UK ... Read the full article

Drinker Biddle recruits 17-strong litigation team, adds Hartford office

12th March 2019

International law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has recruited a team of 17 trial and class action lawyers and expanded its office count to 13 with the opening of a new Hartford, Connecticut location. The team consists of 14 litigation partners and three associates, all of whom were previously with ... Read the full article

Skuld names Hilde Søbstad Løvskar as Chief Legal Officer

11th March 2019

Skuld, the Oslo-based marine insurer, has announced the appointment of Hilde Søbstad Løvskar as Chief Legal Officer. Løvskar now heads the corporate legal department and joins the company’s executive management team. Most recently, Løvskar served as Corporate Legal Counsel at Skuld. In this role she was also the company secretary and worked ... Read the full article

Everest adds Ayesha West from Navigators as Cyber VP

8th March 2019

Everest Insurance, a division of global insurer and reinsurer Everest Re Group, has appointed Ayesha West as Vice President of its cyber insurance group. West will be tasked with the management and development of the company’s national cyber insurance underwriting team and will be based in New York, reporting to Head ... Read the full article

Lockton forms reinsurance business, names leadership

8th March 2019

Re/insurance broker Lockton has moved to form a new global reinsurance business, Lockton Global Re. Lockton has stated that reinsurance is a critical pillar of its aggressive growth plan and this new business will, under the leadership of the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Ron Lockton, look to build out its current ... Read the full article

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