Here’s a round up of the latest industry hires and job moves;
Stuart Ramsden has been named as Regional Director UK & Ireland for leading trade credit insurer Atradius. Stuart, who has been with the firm since 1991 succeeds Alun Sweeney who steps down from the role he has held for over 10 years at the end of June.
Stuart’s appointment is effective from 1st July 2020 and Atradius wishes him every success in the role. Having joined Atradius (then NCM) in 1991, Stuart has held a number of senior positions, including 10 years as Country Manager for Atradius Ireland. With over 20 years’ experience in the Credit Insurance industry and a proven business acumen, his appointment ensures a bright future for Atradius in UK & Ireland.
Whilst Alun Sweeney was expected to retire this summer, these long held plans have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In particuarly, Alun has been very closely involved in working with the ABI and Government in developing the Trade Credit Insurance Support Scheme which was announced last week. Continuity is critical at this time and in the light of the exceptional circumstances the business is currently managing, Alun has agreed to remain with Atradius UK & Ireland until the autumn to continue to support the business and to provide technical advice as Atradius navigates forward through the Covid-19 crisis.
CETA are today announcing two new key appointments that will further accelerate our business plans:
Kevin Paterson, formerly Managing Director of Source Insurance, takes on the role of Director of Sales and Marketing. Kevin has more than 20 years’ financial services experience, spanning the mortgage adviser and IFA markets and general insurance. At Ceta he will be focusing on building and broadening relationships to include mortgage brokers and IFAs as well as insurance brokers.
“CETA is the only real specialist in online non-standard household insurance, and it’s great to get the opportunity to play a key role in spreading the word about that and helping to drive the business forward,” he said.
“They were the first to develop a non-standard household digital trading platform for multiple insurers, and their market-leading digital expertise is a real springboard for growth.
“Non-standard property insurance today accounts for almost 30% of the market so supporting brokers with a leading digital solution is very exciting.”
James O’Hara who was previously Head of Business Development at CETA is taking on the new role of
Head of Product Procurement and Insurer Relations. Whilst this was previously a part of James’s role in the business, the planned growth requires a full- time focus upon developing CETA’s panel of insurers and building long term relationships targeted firmly upon mutually profitable, sustainable growth driven through CETA’s digital platform and powerful data analytics
He said: “I’ve worked at CETA for 10 years which has given me great insight into its potential. I’m delighted to have a key role in continuing to maximise that potential and take the business to the next stage.
“That’s going to include multiple non-standard product rollouts on Infinity to broaden it beyond household – in the B2B space we’ll be looking at areas like liability, caravan and boat.”
These new appointments reflect CETA’s continuing drive to build its position as the leading online specialist in non-standard insurance.
Capsicum Re, the specialist reinsurance broker, has continued its investment in industry talent and specialist expertise with the appointment of Shane Aldons to its Motor & Casualty division, who joins this week.
With more than 20 years’ reinsurance market experience, Shane’s extensive background in underwriting, pricing and senior client relationship management across Asia-Pacific, Caribbean, Middle East and Europe brings a new dynamic to the producer team and further deepens its specialist motor and liability credentials and capabilities.
David Lee, Partner, Motor & Casualty division at Capsicum Re, said: “With many of our team knowing Shane personally, having worked closely with him over the years, we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming him into Capsicum Re. Shane’s unique insight, experience and expertise will bring a new dynamic to our strategic ambition to grow and expand the business internationally.
“Shane is well-known and highly respected across our client base and will be a tremendous asset to our team with his proven performance in delivering strong results, whether the market be hard or soft.”
Shane said: “From its very beginning, Capsicum Re has enjoyed a great market reputation for blending experience with innovation, and taking an entrepreneurial approach while basing it on data-driven research and analytics. I’m really excited to be joining the team at this juncture and look forward to helping the business grow.”
Allianz Insurance has announced the appointment of Rebecca Rogers to the role of head of property claims.
Becky joins Allianz with more than 23 years of claims experience and a successful career in property claims. Prior to her current role, she held the position of commercial property technical and relationship manager at LV=.
She will be responsible for the development of Allianz’s property claims handling strategies, technical best practice and ensuring overall performance is market leading and truly customer focused.
Throughout her time at LV=, Becky dedicated her time to creating a supportive culture and helping staff develop through coaching and role progression, whilst ensuring customers and brokers receive an outstanding claims service. She successfully monitored technical standards for claims to meet regulatory requirements, liaising with the Financial Ombudsman and the ABI. She has been actively involved with discussions with the Home Office and ABI regarding the formation of a Riots Claims Bureau.
Lee Watts, head of technical claims, Allianz Insurance, commented: ‘In addition to her wealth of experience, Becky brings great passion and enthusiasm which makes her a fantastic addition to the team, helping to drive property claims forward in the delivery of our business plans.’
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has added three new senior members to its Commercial Insurance Accident and Health (A&H) underwriting group to further strengthen the business and drive profitable growth across geographies. Zurich has appointed Chris Howard as Head of A&H in the U.S., Nicole Yates as Head of A&H in Australia, and Stephane Baj as Head of A&H in the UK and Multinational A&H.
The new additions reinforce Zurich’s global commitment to strengthen its underwriting expertise and commercial focus on A&H. In addition, the company is reinforcing its A&H capabilities to better service its multinational customers with individual and highly complex needs through its International Programs platform.
Sierra Signorelli, Chief Underwriting Officer, Commercial Insurance, said: “Accident and Health continues to be an attractive market with strong growth potential. Our large commercial customer base and strong global network combined with our underwriting expertise and unified product offering uniquely position Zurich to become a leading global provider in the A&H business.”
Drazen Jaksic, Head of Accident and Health, added: “We are delighted to welcome Chris, Nicole and Stephane to the team. They are proven and highly experienced specialists in the A&H business. I am confident that their appointments will allow us to take the business to the next level in key markets.”
Chris Howard joined Zurich North America from WNC Insurance Services where he was president of the Accident and Health division. Previously, he held various senior roles at Chubb. Chris brings almost 30 years of industry experience to the role and will be based in New York.
Nicole Yates re-joined Zurich Australia and is based in Melbourne. Previously, she was at AXA XL where she led the Australian and New Zealand wholesale and retail A&H business. From 2010 to 2016, Nicole worked at Zurich as a senior underwriting manager in A&H. Nicole has almost 20 years of insurance experience.
Stephane Baj joined Zurich UK from Chubb where he spent the past 13 year and held various senior roles including Head of A&H in France, Regional Director for Corporate and Affinity EMEA, and most recently Head of Partnerships for Continental Europe. Stephane has over 25 years of experience in Insurance and assistance markets and will be based in London.