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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.

Ascent-Cove rebrands to Optio, adds Ian Beaton as Non-Exec Director

23rd September 2019

Cyber and specialty lines managing general agent Ascent Underwriting and US construction-focused MGA Cove Programs are to be rebranded under the single name Optio. The rebrand aligns with a move to larger premises later this month as Optio looks to build a tech-focused business and set new standards in the insurance ... Read the full article

Berkshire (BHSI) expands into Spain, names country manager

23rd September 2019

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI), a division of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, has announced that it has expanded into Spain with the formation of a new office in Madrid. The company plans to initially underwrite property, casualty, financial lines, construction and engineering insurance in Spain, with an eye to later ... Read the full article

DARAG adds Zurich’s Andrew Hill as COO

23rd September 2019

Legacy acquirer DARAG Group Limited has announced the appointment of Andrew Hill as Chief Operating Officer, effective October 15. Hill joins from Zurich Legacy Solutions where since 2017 he has served as Head of Restructuring for North America. Prior to that, he worked in KPMG’s Financial Sector Transaction Services team in London, ... Read the full article

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints new Head of Italy

23rd September 2019

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re's commercial insurance arm, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, has announced that appointment of Francesco Semprini as Head Italy, effective November 1st, 2019. In his new role, Semprini will be based in Milan and will be responsible for managing the strategy, development, and performance of the firm's business in ... Read the full article

Juan Carlos Realphe appointed CEO of Zurich Colombia

20th September 2019

The Colombian arm of global insurer Zurich has announced the appointment of Juan Carlos Realphe as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 15. Realphe succeeds Victoria Bejarano, who is expected to remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue playing a role in developing the business. Claudia Dill, CEO for Latin ... Read the full article

Risk Strategies adds Brad Gabbard as SVP of healthcare practice

20th September 2019

US insurance brokerage Risk Strategies has appointed Brad Gabbard as Senior Vice President of its national healthcare practice. Gabbard most recently served as an executive vice president and health care practice leader Willis Towers Watson. Before that, he spent nine years at Aon Risk Services. “Risk Strategies’ health care practice is committed to ... Read the full article

Cyber risk quantifier Cytegic launches insurance unit

20th September 2019

Cyber risk quantifier Cytegic has launched its own insurance unit in a move it says will help support the industry in better understanding and mitigating cyber risk. Heading the unit will be cyber risk and insurtech expert Steven Schwartz, who joins Cytegic as Vice President of Strategy & Insurance. He is a ... Read the full article

Markel names Brenton Slade President Of Lodgepine Capital

20th September 2019

Re/insurance holding company Markel Corporation has announced the appointment of Brenton Slade as President of its new retrocessional reinsurance ILS fund management unit, Lodgepine Capital Management Limited. Slade joins from Hamilton Capital Partners, where he served as a Senior Vice President. Before that he was Chief Operating Officer for the Horseshoe ... Read the full article

QBE North America adds Charles Cygal as Head of Surety

19th September 2019

QBE North America has announced the appointment of Charles Cygal as Head of Surety, effective immediately. Cygal brings 20 years’ experience to the role and joins from Ironshore Insurance Services where for almost a decade he served as the Vice President of Surety, Political Risk and Trade Credit. Before that, he held ... Read the full article

RFIB Hong Kong Limited receives authorisation, Warwick named CEO

19th September 2019

Global insurance and reinsurance broker, RFIB Group Limited, has revealed that its Hong Kong subsidiary has been admitted as a member of the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers, and has been approved to transact general insurance business. Stephen Warwick, who joined RFIB in January of this year from Hong ... Read the full article

Ascent, Cove adds Paul Western as CUO

18th September 2019

Cyber and specialty lines managing general agent Ascent Underwriting and Cove Programs, a US construction-focused MGA, has appointed Paul Western as group Chief Underwriting Officer. Effective October 7, Western will oversee the direction, leadership and management of the group’s underwriting and business lines . He joins from MS Amlin, where he served ... Read the full article

Alliant hires John Riley as VP within Northeast P&C team

18th September 2019

US specialty insurance brokerage firm Alliant Insurance Services has announced the appointment of John Riley as Vice President (VP) within its White Plains, NY office. As part of Alliant’s Northeast P&C team, he will service a portfolio of clients with operations in the Northeast and across the globe. Prior to joining the ... Read the full article

Berkshire (BHSI) adds claims, product line leaders in France

18th September 2019

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI), a division of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, has announced a series of leadership changes within its team in France. Katell Pouliquen joins as Head of Claims, Louis du Ché as Head of Property and Ludovic Ruiller as Head of Environmental. Pouliquen, who brings over 15 years’ ... Read the full article

INSHUR adds Uber’s Simon Logan to senior team

18th September 2019

INSHUR, the Munich Re-backed provider of commercial auto insurance, has announced the appointment of Simon Logan as Vice President of Commercial & Legal. Logan previously served as former Legal Director of Insurance, EMEA at Uber, which INSHUR partnered with back in May 2019. INSHUR said that the appointment would help to ... Read the full article

David Sansom confirmed as Lloyd’s Chief Risk Officer, Annette Andrews departs

18th September 2019

Lloyd's of London, the specialist insurance and reinsurance marketplace, has confirmed the appointment of David Sansom as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), subject to regulatory approval. In his new role, Sansom's remit includes all areas of risk management within Lloyd's, and also oversight for market-level risks. Sansom was formerly Director of Financial Services ... Read the full article

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