The latest senior hires and job moves news;
Howden Tiger, the reinsurance arm of international (re)insurance broker, Howden Broking Group, has announced the appointment of Garrick Smith and Jim Walsh as Senior Brokers to its Casualty division. These appointments represent further investment in expertise as Howden Tiger adds talent to its specialist product lines for the benefit of reinsurance buyers.
In his new role, Smith will focus on the Casualty and E&S Casualty space, while Walsh will focus on Casualty and Professional Lines. They will report to Josh Everdell. Smith will be based in North Carolina and Walsh in Stamford, CT.
Smith joins from Guy Carpenter, where he has spent the past 7 years, most recently holding the position of Managing Director. Walsh joins from Aon Reinsurance Solutions where he has been for the past 23 years, most recently holding the position of Executive Managing Director.
Specialty MGA UK, a recently formed MGA focused on providing additional capacity for specialty lines of businesses, has expanded its global reach and expertise through the acquisition of the ForestRe team, as Phil Cottle joins his former colleagues, Daniel Longden and Yuming Zhi at the MGA.
The team from ForestRe are global leaders in specialist services for commercial forests and plantations and provide insurance services for clients including independent forestry owners, commercial forest enterprises, timber merchants and saw log producers.
Welcoming the team to Specialty MGA UK, Group Chairman Manoj Kumar said:
“As part of Specialty MGA UK, ForestRe’s clients will get the benefit of enhanced underwriting capacity as well as continued investment in the latest products and services – including parametric insurance products – making its expertise even more accessible and giving its global clients access to the Lloyd’s market.”
Gallagher has announced the appointment of Corey Tidey as head of natural resources for the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Corey joins Gallagher from Lockton Australia, having previously held roles with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA), Aon and Intech in both Asia and Europe.
Corey brings a wealth of experience in working on major insurance and risk management programmes in the energy, power and construction sectors. His previous clients include oil and gas companies, large developers, contractors and financiers across a wide variety of energy and power projects. He brings experience in risk financing and management, strategic risk and contractual advice, and (re)insurance programme strategy, design and placement.
In his new role, Corey is responsible for leading Gallagher’s natural resources practice in MEA. He will report to senior executive officer of the region, Nadim Semaan.
Gallagher Re, also announces the appointment of Junaid Seria to head up Catastrophe Analytics for the fast-growth Latin America and Caribbean markets, with immediate effect.
Based in London, Junaid will harness Gallagher Re’s extensive catastrophe modelling and analytical expertise from across its dedicated teams in London, Ipswich and Mumbai as well as within the region for the benefit of local clients across Latin America and the Caribbean. He will report into Edson Wiggers, CEO, Latin America & Caribbean, and becomes the latest senior market figure to join the division in recent months as it invests in additional talent as part of ambitious growth plans for the region.
Having trained as an actuary and with 15 years’ experience in various analytics roles at an insurer, reinsurer and consultancy, Junaid brings a wealth of catastrophe risk expertise, market knowledge and leadership experience to Gallagher Re. These include model governance post-Solvency II, catastrophe R&D, climate change and actuarial analytics. He has also served the industry as a member of various working groups such as EIOPA’s Catastrophe Expert Network, the Bank of England’s Climate Change, the Geneva Association’s Climate Change and Environment and as Chair of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ one on catastrophe risk.
e2e TOTAL LOSS
Chris Hulls has joined e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] as Business Development Manager. Chris will be working closely with all stakeholders in the reclaimed parts supply chain to ensure e2e’s nationwide network proposition offers commercial advantage, work flow efficiencies and carbon reduction benefits to all parties including insurers, fleet managers, accident management companies, repairers and vehicle recyclers.
Chris brings immense industry knowledge to the role and believes there are extensive opportunities for business growth as the reclaimed parts market matures. His career in the automotive industry spans 25 years. Initially focused on the after-market and provision of products and equipment to the collision repair industry and SMR market; for the past five years, he has worked in the vehicle recycling industry managing the salvage and reclaimed parts needs of insurers, fleet managers and public sector organisations. His customer relationship management skills and in-depth understanding of the salvage and reclaimed parts market will support delivery of e2e’s growth strategy.
Generali’s P&C unit Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C) announces three strategic appointments to strengthen its leadership team in Germany. Starting from the beginning of this year, Tanya Waeber (pictured) has been appointed as the Head of Cyber Insurance; Ralf Rebetge as the new Head of Financial Lines and Sebastian Vogel as the new Head of Casualty.
Hans-Peter Klebe, Head of Generali Global Corporate & Commercial in Germany, stated: “The creation of the bundled underwriting area with Matthias Arnold as well as the appointment of Ralf Rebetge and Sebastian Vogel, will enable us to strengthen and expand our business in the German corporate & commercial market. I am delighted to work with Tanya Waeber and her team to offer ever more solutions to our customers in Germany.”
GENERALI GENERAL BENEFITS
Generali Employee Benefits (GEB), the Group entity dedicated to providing solutions for multinational companies to protect and enhance the wellbeing of their workforce, announces the appointment of François-Xavier Dub within the general
François-Xavier Dub was since 2019 Head of Insurance within the Partnerships division at Generali France. As General Manager of Generali Employee Benefits, a provider of global social protection solutions for employees of multinational companies, he reports directly to Ludovic Bayard, appointed CEO of GEB in May 2022.
International law firm DAC Beachcroft is pleased to announce that Faye Fishlock has re-joined DACB’s Claims Solutions Group as a partner following a two-year stint at Carpenters Group where she was Head of Defendant Services.
Faye is highly experienced in dealing with motor, employer’s liability, public liability and catastrophic claims. She has a market-leading reputation and specialises in the defence of chronic pain and fatal claims. She originally joined DAC Beachcroft in 2001, qualified at the firm, and was a partner and Head of Motor Injury & Motor Claims Handling until 2021.
Craig Dickson, CEO of DACB’s Claims Solutions Group, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Faye back to DACB. In addition to being a highly skilled lawyer, Faye has significant operational experience leading change and transition projects, including introducing operational excellence and onboarding new clients. She will no doubt prove to be a valuable asset in helping us drive forward our plans for delivering enhanced value and ever-improving efficiencies for our clients.”
CFC, the specialist insurance provider, pioneer in emerging risk and market leader in cyber, has appointed Scott Bailey as Cyber Underwriting Leader. In this newly created role, Scott will be responsible for the strategic underwriting management of CFC’s entire cyber portfolio.
“The growth of our cyber business over the past two years has been nothing short of phenomenal. We’re now approaching $1BN in premium and our portfolio of customers is one of the largest in the world,” said Andy Holmes, Chief Underwriting Officer at CFC. “The range of businesses trusting our proactive cyber service stretches from micro enterprises to large global corporates across almost every industry sector and across the four corners of the world. As the size and complexity of our portfolio is only going to increase, we saw the need for a highly experienced cyber professional to manage our underwriting performance and deliver sustainable growth.”
Scott returns to CFC after almost 10 years at Markel International, the last four as managing director of its cyber division, and a year as European underwriting director for technology/cyber at CNA Europe. He previously spent 12 years at CFC managing the technology and media division.
Lockton, the world’s largest privately-owned independent insurance broker, has appointed Michael James as Head of Facilities & Binders within its London Property & Casualty (P&C) Specialties division. Michael begins his new role with immediate effect, reporting to Adam Watson, Head of North American Property.
In this role, Michael will be involved in building out the P&C Specialties’ binders and facilities business, focusing on strategic cross-class growth areas for the division, including North American property and casualty. Additionally, Michael will lead initiatives to broaden the team’s expertise, as well as enhancing the division’s use of data and analytics, technology and digital processes.
Michael brings more than 30 years of London Market experience to Lockton, across both broking and underwriting disciplines, having overseen business originating from a range of geographies. He joins Lockton after 10 years at Chesterfield, where he was a North American Binders & Facilities broker and took a leading role in establishing the direction and expansion of that book of business. Before that, he was an underwriter and Head of North America at Markel, based in London.
Antares Global, the multinational group of insurance and related service companies, announces the appointment of Faraz Khalid as Global Chief Risk Officer and James Linsao as Global Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Both Khalid and Linsao have been a fundamental part of the Antares Global senior leadership team and their appointments further strengthen the group’s strategic plans to add new insurance underwriting and related services for the UK domestic and international markets.
Khalid currently serves as the Chief Risk Officer for AntaresRe in Bermuda, where the group also writes international business into Lloyd’s through its internal coverholder. Khalid takes over from Mark Graham, who will continue in his role as CEO, Antares Managing Agency, strengthening the group’s presence at Lloyd’s.
Linsao, previously General Counsel at Antares Global, has held senior roles at Travelers in London and represented major US and London market carriers in private practice in the US. In addition to managing Antares’s legal and regulatory risks, Linsao has been instrumental in increasing efficiency and aligning key operations across the group’s international brands. Linsao, Khalid and Graham will continue to report to Antares Global CEO, Mike van der Straaten.
Leading insurance broker Aston Lark, a Howden company, has announced the appointment of a Regional Director to lead its new South Wales office. The appointment follows an announcement in January regarding the opening of a new regional office in the Thames Valley, and one in South Wales, where Aston Lark will seek to drive growth and complement leading Welsh insurance broker Watkin Davies, a subsidiary of A-Plan Insurance, a Howden company.
Leading Aston Lark’s new office encompassing the whole of South Wales is Gary Stevens, formerly Area Director – Bristol and Wales for Towergate Insurance Brokers. Gary has almost 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, of which 21 has been devoted to delivering insurance broking services in Wales.
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