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Woodgate and Clark
Marie Quinn has been appointed Head of Special Investigations at Woodgate & Clark, the leading provider of loss adjusting and claims management services for the UK property and casualty insurance market.
She brings with her 20 years’ experience as a senior fraud and financial crime manager in insurance, with a proven track record in developing and implementing an anti-fraud culture and market-leading best practice in her previous role. At Woodgate & Clark, Marie will head a team providing end to end fraud investigation services across the UK for Woodgate & Clark’s clients.
Dan Berry has been appointed chief underwriting officer (CUO) for Global Risk Partners (GRP) Underwriting Division, reporting to Clive Nathan, CEO Underwriting. GRP Underwriting is a portfolio of eight MGAs distributing specialist and niche personal and commercial lines products, and controlling over £140 million GWP.
Clive Nathan explained that Berry’s responsibilities will include oversight of data and analytics to drive risk selection, market-leading underwriting and product innovation, using technology to further develop GRP’s digital capability He will also work with GRP’s insurer partners to develop long term sustainable relationships.
Clive Nathan said: “Dan is a highly experienced manager of underwriting portfolios who will add significant expertise to the business.”
“At GRP Underwriting we are already using digital practices in order to marry our strong underwriting tradition with the advantages of technology and data analysis, which will be a key factor in the future success of our business.”
Thomas Miller Americas
Thomas Miller Americas, provider of market leading insurance services, has appointed Noreen Arralde as senior claims director in its New Jersey office.
Arralde rejoins Thomas Miller Americas from another P&I provider, where she spent two years, serving as a Vice President, covering the New York metropolitan area. She previously worked at Thomas Miller Americas from 2012-2018, following 13 years with a US litigation firm and six years as claims manager for a global container shipping company.
A former litigator, she has nearly three decades experience in the legal sector, and has extensive knowledge of the maritime claims space. Arralde is well-known for her expertise in the defense of US bodily injury claims, particularly in the cruise sector. Her expertise will further strengthen the existing US Bodily Injury team.
Generali Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C) announces the appointment of Zaid Alami as Head of Financial Lines Underwriting Asia. Based in the regional hub in Hong Kong, Zaid is responsible for leading the financial lines business across the region.
Commenting on the appointment, Axel Roesner, Head of Generali Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C) Asia said, “We are delighted to welcome Zaid to our team, taking over the Head of Financial Lines position from Brendan McDonald who was recently promoted to Head of Underwriting Asia. Zaid’s appointment reflects our dedication to further accelerate profitable growth in the Asian market and to provide high-quality underwriting expertise to clients and brokers. I am sure that Zaid will strongly contribute to supporting our clients on the changes they are currently facing in the new environment and helping their business succeed.”
Carbon Underwriting Limited (Carbon) the specialist, independent managing general underwriter (MGU), announces the expansion of its powerful data analytics capabilities with the appointment of two experienced data professionals. Investment banking and technology expert Mark Oldroyd joins the Carbon team as Head of Data Engineering. Mark was previously Senior Data Engineer at global hedge fund Bluecrest Capital Management LLP.
Additionally, former Axa Insurance Pricing Analyst and machine learning and data analytics specialist Alexander Scott has been appointed Carbon Pricing Analyst.
The FCA has appointed Sheldon Mills as the new Executive Director, Consumers and Competition, and Siobhán Sheridan as Chief People Officer.
The Executive Director, Consumers and Competition post was created last month when it was announced that the FCA’s two existing Supervision divisions would be brought together and merged with the policy and competition functions. These will form a new, single division led by two Executive Directors: one focused on the FCA’s consumer protection and competition objectives; the other on the objective to protect the financial markets.
Sheldon was formerly interim Executive Director, Strategy and Competition where he has, amongst other things, led the FCA’s response to ensure industry support for consumers during the pandemic. Prior to joining the FCA, Sheldon was Senior Director at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), where he had overall leadership responsibility for the delivery of merger control across the UK economy. Sheldon was recently named as one of the Top 20 Industry Professionals in the Global Diversity List and is also Chair of Trustees at Stonewall.
Siobhán Sheridan joins the FCA as Chief People Officer from the Ministry of Defence where she has been leading an HR team of 200 people and has been responsible for Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Group level for Defence.
Her previous experience includes roles at Capital One, DEFRA, DWP and the NSPCC. Siobhán will be maintaining her position as a charity trustee at the Mental Health Foundation. She will take up her post from the end of March 2021.
Be Wiser has reshaped its Board to further support its future growth and customer engagement plans, bringing in three external hires including former Endsleigh CEO Jeff Brinley as Chief Financial Officer. The new executive line-up, which is subject to regulatory approval, also includes Joe Copp as Group Chief Operating Officer. Joe joins Be Wiser from Travelers, where he was Head of Operations for Europe.
David Russell, whose long career in the industry has spanned a range of senior regulatory and compliance roles including at RSA, the FSA and HM Treasury, becomes Be Wiser Chief Risk & Compliance Officer and will also take a seat on the Board.
In a further change, Neil Macmillan has swapped roles with Peter Hubbard and becomes independent non-executive Chairman. This releases Peter, who remains an independent Non-executive Director, to work more closely with founder Mark Bower-Dyke in helping achieve the future aspirations of the business.
Be Wiser CEO Sharon Beckett said: “The changes are a significant next step in the company’s drive for growth, and give great input and overview to our quality Executive team.
“This dynamic new alignment of our executive roles is designed to create the best and most effective structure to continue driving our business forward, as well as ensuring transparency of our governance and management responsibilities.”
Mark Bower Dyke, Chief Visionary Officer & founder added: “Peter remains very involved in the business and is keen to help move us forward.
“This change of role enables him to do exactly that, and we are very fortunate to have the continued input of such a skilful figure within our industry. I’m also delighted that Neil is able to step into the Chairman role, further developing the very valuable contribution he has already made.”
Lovell Minnick Partners
Lovell Minnick Partners has announced its appointment of Edward Creasy, Chairman of Charles Taylor, a global insurance provider and LMP portfolio company, to the firm’s Advisory Council.
Edward is Lovell Minnick’s first UK-based appointment to the Advisory Council. He brings over 40 years of experience in the global non-life insurance industry, focused on the London international insurance marketplace and Lloyd’s of London. Edward’s appointment highlights Lovell Minnick’s commitment to strengthening its presence in the European insurance market while positioning existing portfolio companies for long term growth.
Allianz Insurance has announced the appointment of Samantha Brand and Julie O’Donovan (pictured) to the roles of strategic account manager.
Samantha and Julie will be responsible for managing and setting the direction for a number of Allianz’s strategic accounts and network partnerships. They will support the development of Allianz’s distribution strategy to meet the changing needs of the business as well as working to strengthen partnership benefits for the customer, broker and Allianz.
Julie joined Allianz Ireland in 2008 as an underwriter and has since held a variety of roles across the Allianz Group, including senior business developer in the southern region for Allianz Insurance and key account manager for Allianz Australia. Her most recent position was as senior business developer for Allianz Insurance’s London region, where she drove the agenda for the management of key accounts in the market and played an active role in driving distribution excellence.
Samantha previously worked for LV= General Insurance Group as strategic distribution director within the general insurance business of Legal & General. During that time, she was responsible for leading new business relationships with major brands across the media, telecoms and banking sectors. Previously she was head of strategy for Legal & General’s life insurance, general insurance and group protection businesses, responsible for setting strategy at a senior executive level across the combined insurance business.
Nick Hobbs, director of broker markets, Allianz Insurance, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome Samantha and Julie to the team. They bring with them a breadth of knowledge from their previous distribution and account management roles. I’m confident that their experience across a wide range of markets, brought to bear, will make a real difference to how we work with our broker partners and I’m looking forward to having them on the team.”