Jobs & Senior Appointments News 08.03.2021

The latest senior appointments news for you;


Gallagher Re, the global reinsurance broker, today announces that Andrew Rothseid has been appointed to the newly created role of Partner, Head of Legacy, continuing its strategic investment in top industry talent and specialist expertise.

Andrew joins today, will continue to be US-based, and report into Matt FitzGerald, Managing Partner of Specialty at Gallagher Re.

Highly respected and recognised as an expert in run-off and advisory services, Andrew brings over 25 years’ experience in the global insurance and reinsurance industries, having worked exclusively in the global legacy market during that time and been at the forefront of US regulatory developments for legacy business.

For the last 13 years, Andrew has been principal and owner of RunOff Re.Solve LLC – a specialist provider of turnaround, restructuring, and advisory services where he has worked on behalf of global insurers and reinsurers, corporate owners of captive insurers, regulators, liquidators and institutional investors. An experienced commercial trial lawyer, Andrew has also served as general counsel of US and Bermudian property and casualty run-off insurers and reinsurers; managing director of a London market insurer and reinsurer; and partner with global consultancy PwC responsible for its US insurance restructuring practice.


One of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers has welcomed six new starters to their Welsh team after supporting and navigating more clients through the challenges of 2020.

Thanks to their agility throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Towergate Insurance Brokers  has expanded their Welsh team to enable them to support more clients than before with advice-led and quality service, building on their success in 2021.

Martin Jones, Simon Peasley, Dean Barker and Brendan Hopkins have joined as Development Executives, along with Account Executive’s Jamie Chambers and James Davies; together they offer Towergate nearly 100 years of combined insurance experience.


Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, announced today that Marleen Lemmens has joined the company as European Chief Operating Officer, based in The Netherlands.  Marleen reports to Kadidja Sinz, Head of Europe and Kirk Maddern, Chief Operating Officer, LSM.  

The new role was created as part of the structure of LSM’s continental Europe region as it continues its substantial growth plans.  Marleen takes up the role with immediate effect. She will be responsible for overseeing LSM’s operations in continental Europe including LSM’s Dublin-based Centre of Excellence, a processing centre designed to optimise business processing and ensure a consistent service to brokers across the region.  

“Marleen brings over 20 years of experience working both for insurers and brokers across Europe. She will be involved in developing digital initiatives to meet client and broker needs in the region. Marleen’s experience in customer service and her multi-cultural approach is a key asset for our team as we grow to meet our aspiration to be a leading specialist player in Europe,” commented Kadidja Sinz, Head of Europe at LSM.   

Lemmens joins LSM from Aon Netherlands where she held the role of Chief Transformation Officer/Chief Operating Officer. During her career in the financial services industry, she has held client-facing and sales roles in banking, insurance and consultancy. She has an in-depth knowledge of Operations, Risk, Audit and Compliance and has a broad interest in transformation and restructuring programs.  


Phoenix Group (“Phoenix”), the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business, today announces the appointment of Diane Berry to the newly created role of Chief Data Scientist. The appointment will consolidate existing data and analytics teams under Diane’s leadership and underpins the firm’s continuing commitment to improve customer outcomes based on superior consumer insights and engagement, which will be the foundation for future growth.

Diane, with over 25 years of expertise in analytics and technology, will lead a newly formed Data function with responsibility for the development and delivery of Phoenix’s Customer AI and Data Science Strategy. This will include a focus on using cutting-edge technology to inform data science driven decision-making, to help better understand and predict customer behaviours.

Diane joins Phoenix on 1 April 2021 from global consultancy Bain & Company where she built and led a multi-disciplinary advanced analytics team of data engineers, data scientists and operation researchers. She is expert in software engineering and data management, experience built-up in the IT Sector and in roles at Bupa, HSBC and EDF Energy trading merchants.

Diane holds a PhD in Statistics and Epidemiology and an MSc in Statistical Science from UCL, London.


Véronique Destruel is appointed as Chief Human Resources and Organisation, member of the Group Management Committee and reporting to the Group CEO, Antoine Parisi. Her key responsibilities will be to develop people strategies across the Group and to oversee the HR and Internal Communication activities.

Véronique, 49, graduated from INSA Toulouse in IT engineering. She started her career in AXA Group in the IT Department, as engineer, manager and internal consultant, then moving to AXA France services to define and implement the IT sourcing strategy. Afterwards, she joined Generali France to support legal mergers and reorganizations within the company. She pursued her career in HR as Head of HRBP and then Head of Career and Management Development. For the last eight years she has been Head of Organization and Transformation, leading strategic projects of operational and business model transformation, reorganizations and HR transformation.

Antoine Parisi, Group CEO of Europ Assistance: “Véronique is the right person to take on this role and she is a valuable addition to our Management Team. Thanks to her digital, organizational and managerial skills she will play a key role in guiding Europ Assistance through the transformation of the new ways of working. Her promotion is a tangible example of Group Talent Management and internal career development between Generali and Europ Assistance Group.”

Gennaro Bisesti is appointed as Group Head of Auto, reporting to the Group CEO, Antoine Parisi. Gennaro will oversee the Auto Product Line, leading the Europ Assistance auto strategy.

Gennaro started his career at Milan office of consulting firm McKinsey & Company in 2007, from Business Analyst to Engagement Manager. In 2014, he joined Generali Group first as Head of Strategic Projects, then as Head of Group CEO Office. In 2017, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Europ Assistance Italia, then extended his area to Chief Auto Officer.

Gennaro, 38, has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management (Cambridge, MA, USA), and graduated from the University of Napoli Frederic II with a Master degree in Industrial Engineering.

Antoine Parisi, Group CEO of Europ Assistance: “Gennaro is a valuable addition to our Group Auto and Management team and joins us timely as the automotive industry is rapidly evolving. He has been successfully leading the operations and auto activities in Europ Assistance Italy until now; he has demonstrated outstanding leadership as well as his ability to innovate and deploy key projects”.



Allianz Insurance has appointed Joe Roberts as the new specialty lines underwriting manager.

Joe has been with Allianz for 22 years, previously holding roles such as development underwriter at the Woking branch, where he spent 4 years working in various broker offices acting as a mobile development underwriter. He joined the Allianz account team in 2010, where he was responsible for management of the Allianz Insurance accident & health account.

In 2017 Joe was appointed as the senior account underwriter for all speciality lines (professional indemnity, management liability, accident and health, excess liability) and facility placements.

In his new role Joe will be responsible for the technical account management of the Allianz commercial speciality lines portfolio managing the strategic direction of the portfolio and embedding technical underwriting and analytical skills across the company.

Stuart Toal, casualty account manager, commented: “Joe has a proven track record and has achieved a huge amount during his time at Allianz. I’m delighted to announce his appointment and have no doubt that his experience and knowledge of the business will help to cement our position, and grow our reputation in these important markets.”


Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual has appointed Ross Ainslie to their board as a Non-Executive Director.

Ross brings a wealth of experience in Financial Services to NFU Mutual, whose head office is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. A Fellow and former Council member of the Faculty of Actuaries, he has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry. After working at Scottish Provident and at reinsurer General Re, he became Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident in 2009.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Longevitas, an actuarial software provider, and has been a member of the Standard Life With-Profits Committee since 2013.

Ross said: “NFU Mutual is one of the UK’s largest member-owned businesses and has a great track record of making a positive difference for customers and for the wider community.

“It’s a great honour to be joining and to have the chance to contribute to its future success.”


Thomas Miller Americas, provider of market leading insurance services, has appointed Meaghan Argentieri as a Senior Claims Executive to its New Jersey office.

A maritime professional with nearly two decades of experience, Meaghan joins Thomas Miller Americas from a Jones Act Ocean Carrier, where she held both operational and risk management positions. Meaghan was responsible for handling a broad range of, often multi-million dollar, personal injury and cargo claims.

Her new role at Thomas Miller Americas will focus on handling a caseload of P&I Club matters and providing expert advisory services to Members.

Leo Kirchner, President and CEO, Thomas Miller Americas, says: “Meaghan is an extremely experienced marine professional, with impressive knowledge of the industry from both an operations and risk perspective. The Club and its Members will benefit greatly from her addition to an already very strong claims team.”

Leanne O’Loughlin, Regional Director, Thomas Miller Americas, says: “Meaghan’s in depth understanding of day-to-day terminal and vessel operations, as well as liability issues, will be invaluable in her role. We’re sure she’ll make a positive contribution to maintaining excellent service levels for our Members, and our long-term strategy in the Americas.”


Effective March 8, Thierry Portevin, current Global Head of Property at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) will be appointed Global Head of Allianz Risk Consulting (ARC), reporting directly to Chief Underwriting Officer Corporate, Tony Buckle. Portevin succeeds previous Global Head of ARC Tina Baacke, who left AGCS at the end of 2020. On an interim basis, Elizaveta Krieg will lead the global property underwriting team, until a permanent successor is confirmed; currently she is the Global Practice Group Leader for Base Industries in this team, based in Munich, Germany.

With over 280 staff spread across 24 locations worldwide, ARC’s risk engineers and industry experts provide a wide range of risk consulting services to help businesses manage, prevent, and reduce risks, whatever the industry. This includes site surveys of industrial facilities, desktop reviews and risk assessments to support the underwriting of corporate risks across all ten lines of business of AGCS and to offer guidance to companies on loss control measures.

Prior to becoming Global Head of Property in 2016, Thierry Portevin was Global Head of Engineering for AGCS from May 2012 to August 2016. Starting his career as an Engineering and Construction project manager for organizations including the National Institute for Ocean Science (France) and Jacobs, he joined Allianz France in 2000 as Engineering Underwriting Portfolio Manager for France, before joining AGCS as Engineering Underwriting Manager for France in 2007. Portevin has a graduate degree in Engineering from the École Centrale de Marseille, with a specialism in Marine and Offshore Engineering, in addition to a business management certificate from ESSEC Business School Paris.


Mike Reeves

Global Risk Solutions, Inc.(GRS), a leading provider of a diverse range of claims adjusting and environmental risk management solutions, has significantly strengthened its complex and major risk capabilities with the appointment of a team of specialist adjusters and technicians. The team of 14 joins GRS in London and will provide additional expertise and capabilities across the business, and enhancing GRS’ market-leading Complex Claims Solutions (CCS) operation.

GRS established CCS to cater to the specific and specialised loss adjusting needs of clients with major, complex, and technical claims. The new team, led by Adam Humphrey and George Pooley, brings extensive expertise in managing major claims and loss mitigation across the globe. Humphrey will be CEO of CCS International, and Pooley will lead the renewable energy solutions.

Humphrey has more than two decades of experience managing technical and complex insurance claims worldwide. Before joining GRS, he was a board director at Advanta Global Services, where he managed complex energy, construction, renewables and property losses. Before that, he held senior loss adjusting roles at Integra Technical Services and Cunningham Lindsey International. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (CILA). He sits on the CILA’s Council and is chairman of its Construction, Energy and Engineering Special Interest Group.

For more than a decade, George Pooley has focused exclusively on adjusting complex renewable energy claims internationally. He has established a reputation for his knowledge of claims trends, supply chain and mitigation opportunities in the sector. Before joining GRS, he was Head of Renewables at Advanta Global Services; before that, he was the founder and Head of Adjusting at Renewable Energy Loss Adjusters (RELA). He also held loss adjusting roles at Cunningham Lindsey International, McLarens Young International, and Charles Taylor Consulting. Pooley’s renewables experience includes onshore wind, photovoltaic and concentrated solar power plants, biomass, and hydro.

Mike Reeves, (PICTURED) GRS’ Major & Complex Loss Executive, who leads CCS, said: “We are delighted to welcome Adam, George and the team to GRS. Their expertise and experience, combined with our existing teams, will consolidate our stated aim to provide the industry with a comprehensive set of solutions for major and complex risks across geographies and classes of business. It is an exciting next step in our journey, and we will be working to continue to deliver on our ambitious plans for growth in the coming weeks and months.”

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