It’s time for more news on job moves, so here goes;
Gallagher has appointed Lewis Walker as a director in its specialist dispute resolution team in its major risks practice. Lewis joins Gallagher from Blackstone Chambers, a magic circle barristers chambers based in Temple, London, where he was one of the senior practice managers.
Lewis has extensive knowledge of the legal sector having been at Blackstone Chambers since 2008, prior to which he was Practice Manager at Selborne Chambers from 2002. He has experience across a broad range of different types of law including commercial, chancery, EU & competition, international law, domestic and international arbitration, financial services plus mediation and ADR.
Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, has announced the appointment of Rob Perry as Global Political Risk & Structured Credit Leader, Marsh Specialty, effective July 1. Based in London, Mr. Perry will report to Nick Robson, Global Leader, Credit Specialties, Marsh Specialty. With over 850 colleagues in over 57 countries, Marsh Specialty’s Credit Specialties team brings together key credit risk transfer solutions including political risk & structured credit insurance, trade credit insurance, surety and financial risk products.
In his new role, Mr. Perry will oversee the development of Marsh Specialty’s political risk and structured credit capabilities globally, and will work closely with regional leaders to deliver deep product and industry knowledge that supports clients in mitigating the increasingly complex geopolitical and credit issues they now face.
Generali’s P&C unit Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C) announces the strategic appointment of Matthias Arnold as the new Head of Underwriting in Germany, effective July 1st, 2022.
Commenting on the appointment, Hans-Peter Klebe, Head of GC&C Germany, stated: “Since Generali re-entered into the German corporate and commercial market six years ago, Matthias and his team have built up an impressive liability portfolio. He will bring great added value to our underwriting capabilities as well as to our clients and intermediaries, thanks to his extensive expertise and technical competences. This appointment reflects the Company’s commitment to further pursue profitable growth in the German market and our capabilities to groom internal talents.”
Former Head of Casualty Underwriting at GC&C Germany and with over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Arnold is recognized as a highly technical leader in the German market. In his new capacity, he will further intensify the tactical development of GC&C Germany portfolio while ensuring underwriting excellence to generate growth and outstanding value for customers and brokers.
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
WTW, a leading global advisory and broking solutions company, has strengthened its FINEX business with the appointment of Andrea García Beltrán as the Head of FINEX, for Latin America.
Currently based in London, Andrea joins WTW from RSA, where she was the UK and international Head of Cyber for underwriting for four years. Andrea also sits on the board of the International Underwriting Association of London, as the Cyber Committee Chair.
Andrea will relocate to the region upon joining WTW, bringing more than 15 years’ experience in the insurance industry across the LatAm, EMEA, UK and international wholesale market, having previously led Aon’s Southern Europe and Latin American Financial Lines wholesale team in London.
Noam Rosenfeld – a seasoned business leader in the Cyber security and digital transformation domains – has taken charge of WAVE BL as CEO. Noam takes the reins from Gadi Ruschin, a WAVE BL co-founder, after having scaled the company from ideation to become one of the leading platforms for electronic Bills of Lading. Gadi will remain a Board member.
Noam brings decades of experience building strategic and out-of-the-box technological solutions. Over his career, Noam has led R&D organizations of hundreds of employees and accelerated business units from startup stage to profitable unit/s. He also led the digital transformation of the Israeli defense force, challenged the status quo, and delivered value to the organization by using advanced technologies based on digitized, automated, and cloud-based workflows.
Mendix, a Siemens business and global leader in modern enterprise application development, recently promoted CFO Tim Srock to be the company’s new CEO. Srock, who replaces co-founder Derek Roos, takes the reins at a time during which Mendix has enjoyed impressive growth in customers, partners, and geographic reach, while increasing annual recurring revenue (ARR) by more than 300% since Siemens acquired Mendix in August 2018.
In his new role, Srock will lead the company in its next phase of hypergrowth to place Mendix and its market-leading low-code application development platform at the heart of the enterprise software stack. He will promote a broader vision of Mendix at the center of an ecosystem that addresses the many critical requirements of the digital-first economy, with a near-term emphasis on hyper-automation for greater operational efficiencies and hyper-personalization for outstanding customer experiences.
“Tim has been instrumental in building Mendix’s industry leadership status and contributing to the company’s success,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software. “He understands the company and its culture, and he recognizes the huge opportunity being presented to Mendix today. The world changed dramatically in the past 24 months, and enterprises in virtually every industry must pivot to stake their claim in the new digital-first economy. Tim is focused on ensuring Mendix delivers the agility, the solutions, the emerging technology, and the employee- and customer-centricity that enterprises need to succeed.”
Jonathan Daniels has been appointed commercial director at Financial & Legal Insurance Ltd (FLI), MSL (claims management) and Magnus (ATE broker). All companies are part of Cheshire-based Drive Further Collective.
He begins his new role on 13th June and will report to FLI managing director Karen Beales.
Karen said Jon Daniels is a highly experienced business development professional and will bring both gravitas and new energy to the team.
Karen said: “FLI has performed well both during and after the pandemic.”
“We have altered our strategy by broadening our portfolio out of ATE (after the event) legal expenses insurance into BTE (before the event), as well as launching a number of motor ancillary products for distribution through MGAs and brokers.”
Liberty Mutual Re (LM Re), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has appointed Alice Sharman to the role of Senior Underwriter – Casualty Reinsurance.
Sharman is responsible for underwriting LM Re’s US Casualty Treaty portfolio, based in London. She replaces Max Mallen, who was recently promoted to the newly created role at LM Re of Head of Portfolio Management – London & Rest of the World. She reports to Ralph Stainbank, Underwriting Manager – Reinsurance Casualty.
Ralph Stainbank said: “Alice is a very welcome addition to our Casualty underwriting team. Her broad experience and strong broker relationships will strengthen our offering and add real depth to our underwriting capabilities.”
Sharman joins from AXA XL where she was Casualty Reinsurance underwriter, having joined them in 2019. She has over 10 years of experience in reinsurance, firstly in actuarial and capital modelling before moving to underwriting.
Carbon Underwriting Limited (Carbon), the specialist, independent managing general underwriter (MGU) and Lloyd’s syndicate, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Harris as Head of Pricing.
Alex will play a pivotal role supporting functions across the business including building out a pricing framework to support underwriters, adding actuarial rigour to the development of Carbon’s proprietary technology platform, Graphene, as well as inputting to strategy, portfolio and risk management, reserving and reinsurance purchasing.
Alex has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and joins Carbon from HDI Global Specialty where he worked as a specialist Delegated Authority Pricing Actuary. Prior to this, he had worked at other insurers in the London Market including Chubb and Zurich.
ASSOCIATION OF AVERAGE ADJUSTERS
Distinguished former High Court judge Sir Nigel Teare has been elected to serve as chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters for the year 2022/2023.
He was nominated to succeed Michiel Starmans of Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group as chairman at the annual general meeting in London of Fellows of the Association on May 11, 2022. Sir Nigel retired from the High Court of England and Wales in 2020 and is now an arbitrator.
Mr Starmans said that Sir Nigel was the ideal candidate for the chairmanship as a recently retired senior judge who had decided several high-profile shipping cases, some of them involving General Average.