Job Moves and Senior Hires 17.06.22

Latest job moves and senior hires for you.


At the end of September, HDI Global Board Member Jens Wohlthat will retire and hand over his functions to David Hullin (photo). Hullin will then be responsible for the entire business of the Industrial Lines division of the Talanx Group outside Germany.

Previously, Hullin was responsible for Continental Europe, North and South America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, while Wohlthat’s area of responsibility covered the regions Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Global Network. Wohlthat will continue to remain available to HDI Global in an advisory capacity. Furthermore, after successful restructuring of the organisation in Germany with profitable growth, Andreas Luberichs will step down from the Management Board of HDI Global SE by mutual agreement on 30 June 2022 in order to devote himself to new challenges.


After 31 years with SCOR, Michel Blanc will retire in January 2023. He will be succeeded as CEO of Reinsurance by Stuart McMurdo. Michel and Stuart will work very closely with immediate effect to ensure a smooth transition and relationship continuity with our business partners.

Stuart joined SCOR in 2018 as CEO of SCOR UK and the SCOR Syndicate, and became Regional CEO for EMEA in 2020. Stuart’s leadership was essential to improve the financial performance of the SCOR Syndicate and to bring together the P&C platform in EMEA.

A recruitment process has been launched to replace Stuart as CEO of the SCOR Syndicate and SCOR UK, and Stuart will remain CEO of these two entities until the end of this recruitment process and regulatory approval. Catherine Fassi will replace Stuart McMurdo as Regional CEO of EMEA and Canada for P&C, effective July 1st, 2022. These changes are a confirmation of SCOR’s deep talent bench and follow recently announced leadership changes in the US.


CDL has appointed Rob Trueman to the post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He joins the executive team as the insurtech completes the migration of all customers of its flagship retail platform, Strata, to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-hosting. Trueman has led the delivery of CDL’s cloud-only vision through a sustained programme of re-engineering platforms, upskilling teams and working closely with customers to enable them to access the resilience, speed and scalability of cloud-hosted solutions.

With a number of AWS accreditations, the company has achieved AWS Financial Services ISV [independent software vendor] Competency status, having been certified for demonstrating the highest level of specialisation, technical expertise and proven customer success.

Continuing to invest in furthering its globally recognised cloud capabilities, its employees hold over 100 AWS certifications and it runs award-winning solutions on AWS, including its Proteus Insurer Hosted Pricing Hub, the Hummingbird data solution, widely used to combat fraud and online quote manipulation, and the recently launched underwriting policy administration solution, which went live with Pukka Services earlier this year.


World Travel Protection – part of the Zurich Insurance Group – continues its rapid expansion in Europe, with the appointment of James Tomlin as EMEA Business Development Manager to propel its growth in the region, across the Corporate Travel Risk, Mobility and Insurance markets.

James Tomlin will be based in London and has over 15 years’ experience in international business development in the travel and global mobility industries. He has consulted and supported some of the world’s largest corporates, as well as establishing industry leading partnerships with Travel Management Companies, top consulting firms and insurance companies.

As we continue on our global growth, bringing our best in class Travel Risk Management capability to corporates and insurers, we are delighted to have James join us in EMEA to support our ambition of becoming the largest industry provider of assistance services,” said Michael Nole, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, World Travel Protection.


Motor damage expert Nick Rossiter and recoveries specialist Lee Crouch are joining the Allianz Commercial motor claims team as technical managers. These two internal appointments reinforce the motor claims team now headed by Nick Kelsall.

Previously motor damage strategy manager, Nick Rossiter brings a wealth of expertise in vehicle technology, repair and supply chain. He was instrumental in rolling out the automated procurement of green parts, as well as encouraging their wider adoption. In his 14 years at Allianz, he has held a variety of positions in underwriting, operations and claims.

Lee Crouch, who joined Allianz five years ago via the Claims graduate scheme, has an impressive track record in handling major loss claims in motor and casualty and most recently as recoveries controller.


Commercial dispute insurance specialist Harbour Underwriting announces the appointment of Stuart Reid to its board of directors.

As a non-executive director, Stuart will work with the board to support the continued growth of Harbour Underwriting.

Stuart has been the driving force behind some of the UK’s leading insurance businesses including Stuart Alexander, Arthur J Gallagher as CEO of UK retail broking and Bluefin as CEO and Executive Chairman. He has served as Vice President of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Chair of the CII Broking Faculty, Deputy Chair of the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA), and Chair of BIBA’s Large Brokers Committee, demonstrating his commitment to quality standards. He is currently chairman of insurance brokerage Partners& and Chairman of sharing economy insurance specialist, Pikl.


Gallagher has appointed Mike Parry as a partner in its renewable energy team to focus on offshore wind risks. Mike brings 35 years energy insurance broking experience and will play a key role in expanding Gallagher’s offering in this growing part of the energy market.

Mike spent 23 years at AON leading the firm’s European energy team and has held senior energy roles at JLT and Marsh serving clients in all sectors of the industry, in particular supporting the development of major offshore installations.

In his new role, Mike is responsible for delivering risk transfer solutions for clients as the offshore wind sector evolves, both in terms of new technology deployment and risk financing maturity using his extensive experience in developing standalone bespoke and flexible facility solutions to solve clients risk financing challenges.

Mike will work closely with executive partner Gavin Tidman and Gallagher’s leading renewables expert, Duncan Gordon, as the firm continues to expand its renewable energy expertise.


Gallagher has also appointed Dan O’Connell to further strengthen its mergers & acquisition (M&A) team in the North of England. A qualified lawyer, Dan joins from Walker Morris where he was a Corporate Associate.

Dan has over ten years’ experience in the legal sector and has worked at a number of leading law firms including Walker Morris, Irwin Mitchell and DWF. He has experience advising on a range of corporate transactions including corporate M&A, PLC activity, such as floats, regulatory work and fundraises, and advising private equity clients on acquisitions, investments and disposals.

Working closely with Gallagher’s M&A practice in London, Dan is responsible for developing relationships and delivering solutions to law firms, private equity houses and businesses involved in M&A in the North of England. Outside of London, Leeds is one of the leading locations for professional advisors in this space and there is significant deal activity involving advisors and investors in the region.


Hymans Robertson, a leading financial services consultancy, has appointed Richard Stock as Head of Property & Casualty within its Insurance & Financial Services (IFS) practice.  The appointment is part of the consultancy’s move to continue to grow and broaden its support for P&C clients.

Richard is leading the firm’s activities on General Insurance matters, covering: Reserving, Capital, Pricing, Investment/ALM, Climate Change, Reinsurance and Risk Management. Together with experienced colleagues in the IFS team, Richard’s team provides regulatory role support on Chief Actuary and CRO matters as well as Part VII transfer support.

Richard has over 25 years’ P&C experience leading actuarial teams, in key aspects of the insurance process from both an actuarial and risk perspective.  Richard has previously held both CRO and Chief Actuary regulated roles within the general insurance industry and is a Chief Actuary Practicing Certificate holder.


PURE Insurance has recently appointed Martin Leitch to the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Underwriting Officer, where he will oversee underwriting strategies and initiatives to further enhance PURE’s underwriting platform.
Under Martin’s leadership with over 20 years of experience in the industry, he will help the underwriting team further navigate the high-net-worth landscape with a capital-efficient approach.
“Martin brings a deep familiarity with PURE, a strong understanding of the high-net-worth market and a global, strategic perspective to this critical role,” said Ross Buchmueller, president and CEO of PURE. “With Martin’s leadership, I am confident that we will realize the full benefits of a stable, profitable and capital-efficient underwriting platform.”
Prior to his role at PURE, Martin served in senior underwriting and portfolio management roles for Berkshire Hathaway’s General Reinsurance Corporation. He also held senior-level roles at Gen Re organizations in London, South Africa, and corporate headquarters in Connecticut.

Estonian startup Rendin recruited a top-level insurance expert Andres Konsap, a long-time Head of the Underwriting Division of ERGO Insurance SE in Estonia, part of Munich Re. With his joining begins Rendin’s journey to becoming an insurance undertaking to simplify entering foreign markets. An investment round for funding the plan opens in autumn.

Rendin, a solution for renting (out) homes and signing secure rental agreements, entered the market a little over two years ago. During this time, it has helped sign over 2000 rental agreements. Currently, the company operates in Estonia and Poland. “For the landlords, Rendin’s rental agreement automatically includes rent and utility payments guarantee and protection against property damage. Our Estonian insurance partner is ERGO. Rendin developed its unique service in cooperation with them,” explained Alain Aun, the CEO and co-founder of Rendin.


Innoveo, a global technology firm and a pioneer in no-code platform-as-a-service, has announced the appointment of Thiru Sivasubramanian as its new Chief Solutions Officer (CSO) and Joji Varghese as Head of Engineering. The new positions will bolster the development of Innoveo’s industry solutions and accelerators.

As CSO, Thiru will report directly to CEO Vinod Kachroo and be responsible for designing solutions to address marketplace challenges and opportunities including skills shortages, legacy complexity, outdated manual processes, embedded insurance, speed to market, and delivering more with less. He will work closely with the engineering and sales teams to amplify Innoveo’s vision, drive the platform’s go-to-market approach, and evangelize the adoption of no-code in the company’s verticals of focus.



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