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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.

W. R. Berkley names Gary Gudex President of North Pacific subsidiary

23rd January 2019

Re/insurance holding company W. R. Berkley Corporation has appointed Gary Gudex as President of its subsidiary Berkley North Pacific, effective immediately. Gudex joins the regional commercial property and casualty insurer with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He has served as Director of Underwriting at the corporation's subsidiary Berkley Net since ... Read the full article

Newline adds Markus Schäfer to Cologne team

23rd January 2019

Speciality insurance group Newline has appointed Markus Schäfer as Senior Underwriter, General Liability at Newline Insurance Company Limited in Cologne. Newline set up offices in Cologne last year after announcing in May that it had selected the city as the location for the European Union (EU) insurance hub of Newline ... Read the full article

Gjensidige hires Hope as Director, Reinsurance

23rd January 2019

Leading Nordic insurance group Gjensidige has hired Aleksander Hope as a new Director in its Reinsurance division based in Oslo, Norway. Hope had previously worked at a reinsurance company and an insurance-linked securities (ILS) specialist, giving him broad experience across the various types of reinsurance capital and structures that can be ... Read the full article

Jerry Ridge to be Head of Reinsurance at Lockton Re

23rd January 2019

Reinsurance broker Lockton Re has announced that Jerry Ridge is to lead the firm as Head of Reinsurance, following the retirement of George Carrington this Spring. As Head of Reinsurance at Lockton Re, Ridge will lead the firm's 60 dedicated reinsurance professionals across the UK and the U.S., as the company ... Read the full article

Emma Woolley named Cathedral Underwriting CEO

23rd January 2019

Specialty re/insurance group Lancashire Holdings has appointed Emma Woolley as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary Cathedral Underwriting Limited (CUL). She replaces Andrew Mckee, who has served in the role since June 2017 and is due to depart at the end of the month. Woolley brings over two decades of experience in ... Read the full article

FANDO appoints heads of Global Markets & Broking

22nd January 2019

FANDO Group, an independent wholesale, MGA and reinsurance broker based in Sydney, Australia, has appointed Julian Sparkes as Head of Global Markets and David Boreham as Head of Broking. Sparkes, who joins FANDO with effect from 1 January 2019, is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of Savannah Group, ... Read the full article

Shali Vasudeva to leave Hiscox for AXA UK COO role

22nd January 2019

Shali Vasudeva is set to join AXA UK and Ireland from insurer Hiscox as Chief Operating Officer (COO), a newly created position, effective March 1st, 2019. The appointment remains subject to regulatory approval, and will see Vasudeva deliver more robust operational stability across the firm, as well as lead a Transformation ... Read the full article

Incoming Tokio Marine CEO eyes increased overseas M&A activity

22nd January 2019

The newly promoted, incoming Chief Executive Officer of Tokio Marine Holdings has indicated that he intends to further diversify the company’s geographic footprint via oversees mergers and acquisitions (M&A), according to reports by Reuters. Japanese re/insurers, of which Tokio Marine is one of the most acquisitive, have become increasingly reliant on ... Read the full article

Chubb’s ABR Reinsurance hires Ramlal as Underwriting Director

21st January 2019

ABR Reinsurance Capital Holdings, the self-reinsurance vehicle jointly operated by Chubb and investment management firm Blackrock, has appointed Sean Ramlal as an Underwriting Director. Ramlal joined ABR Re in November 2018 from QBE Reinsurance, where he served for the previous four years as Vice President, Treaty Underwriter. At QBE Re, he was responsible ... Read the full article

Markel CATCo heads dropped after review, new execs take over

21st January 2019

Markel Corporation has announced that reinsurance executives Jed Rhoads and Andrew Barnard are to take over management of Markel CATCo following an internal review that resulted in the departure of the unit’s former heads, Anthony Belisle and Alissa Fredricks. Belisle, who was CATCo’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Fredricks, who was ... Read the full article

Allianz announces three senior promotions

18th January 2019

Insurance giant Allianz has revealed the promotions of three senior executives, starting with Birgit König, current Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Deutschland’s private health insurer Allianz Private Krankenversicherung (APKV), who will now head the international unit Allianz Digital Health (ADH). König has been CEO of Allianz Private Krankenversicherung since 2012 and ... Read the full article

Swiss Re appoints non-exec Chairman of ReAssure, still targets IPO

18th January 2019

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has announced the appointment of Archie Kane as the new non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ReAssure, its UK closed book business. The appointment is effective immediately, and sees Kane provide leadership to the firm's Board of Directors, as well as advise management on ... Read the full article

MMC names Portalatin Vice Chair, Ferland becomes Mercer CEO

17th January 2019

In the wake of its $5.6 billion acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Group, broking and advisory giant Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) has announced the appointment of Martine Ferland as President and Chief Executive Officer of its global consulting subsidiary Mercer, effective 1 March 2019. Ferland replaces Julio Portalatin, who served ... Read the full article

Guy Carpenter restructures to accommodate JLT Re teams

17th January 2019

Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter has announced the establishment of a new Global Capital Solutions Group that will be led by the firm's Vice Chairman, David Priebe. At the same time, the firm has revealed a series of new appointments, all in relation to the acquisition of JLT Group by its ... Read the full article

Beazley to appoint Sally Lake as Finance Director

17th January 2019

Specialist re/insurer Beazley has announced that Sally Lake is to be appointed as Group Finance Director, effective once Martin Bride steps down from the position in May 2019. Lake has been Group Actuary at Beazley since 2014, with responsibility for the pricing and reserving practices of the group. She joined the company ... Read the full article

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