It’s time to check out the latest senior hires and job moves, so let’s get into it;
Earnix has announced the appointment of Mike Keller, Board Member at Guidewire and Encova Insurance, and Scott Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer at Intapp, to its newly-formed advisory board. The advisory board will support the company’s global growth, providing actionable advice, industry insights, and market perspectives that help guide the executive team and Board of Directors.Keller is a member of the Guidewire Software board of directors, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and Chair of the Guidewire Customer Strategic Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Encova Mutual Insurance Group board of directors and Chair of the Technology and Cybersecurity Committee. From June 2001 to June 2018, Keller was the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services. From January 1998 to May 2001, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at JP Morgan Chase.
Maria Guercio has been appointed Climate Tech Industry Practice Leader, North America. She is responsible for growing Chubb’s underwriting portfolio and creating innovative solutions to support Climate Tech companies focused on efficient and sustainable use of resources, products, services and technologies that seek to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Prior to her current role, Guercio, who has expertise in a range of industry practices and lines of business, held management roles in the Montreal branch, the Northern Underwriting Center, and as Commercial Insurance Manager. She began her career at Chubb in 2003, and from 2005 to 2008 was a senior underwriter in the Vancouver branch. Guercio received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the John Molson School of Business and holds her CIP Designation.
Yves Goldschild, previously Head of Compensation and Benefits at SCOR, is appointed Group Head of Human Resources. He will report to Claire Le Gall-Robinson, SCOR’s General Secretary and Group Chief Sustainability Officer.
François de Varenne, Interim CEO of SCOR, comments: “With his HR expertise and his analytical rigor, developed at SCOR since 2020 and across various industries prior to that, Yves Goldschild has all the qualities needed to define a human resources policy that supports the Group’s performance. Moreover, he has acquired global skills that are particularly useful to a group like SCOR, which has employees on all five continents. Yves will implement dynamic talent management against a backdrop of tailwinds for our sector.”
Emmanuel Joffre, who was previously SCOR’s Human Resources Director, is leaving the Group to pursue other professional opportunities.
Fidelis MGU announces the appointment of three people to its London-based underwriting and actuarial teams.
Daniel O’Connell – Head of Bespoke
Daniel will join Fidelis MGU’s underwriting team as Head of Bespoke reporting to Richard Coulson, CEO of Insurance & UK CUO. As part of his role as Head of Bespoke, he will be responsible for overseeing the group’s contingency, credit & political, political violence, terrorism and transactional liability underwriting. O’Connell joins from Axa XL where he spent almost three years as Head of Crisis Management for the UK and Lloyd’s, and Group Chief Underwriting Officer for crisis management and special risks. Previously Dan held senior positions at Hiscox.
Armand van Hien – Head of Marine Cargo
Armand will join Fidelis MGU’s underwriting team as Head of Marine Cargo reporting to Richard Coulson. He will be responsible for overseeing the marine cargo book of business as well as managing all underwriting practices in this class, including the development of Fidelis’s best in class technology systems. van Hien joins from Brit Insurance where he was a marine cargo underwriter. Prior to this, he spent six years at Chubb on the marine cargo team.
Greg Bowman – Head of Capital
Greg joined Fidelis MGU’s actuarial team as Head of Capital reporting to Gary McInally, Chief Projects Actuary. He will be responsible for the company’s internal model as well as expanding relationships across underwriting and outwards reinsurance to ensure the model is appropriate for all needs. He joins Fidelis MGU from Guy Carpenter where he was most recently a broker actuary. Bowman has 12 years of experience as both a practitioner and consultant with a strong capital modelling background from his time as Head of Capital at Hamilton and senior capital management roles at R&Q and Willis Towers Watson.
Consilium, the global speciality (re)insurance broking business of the Aventum Group, announces the launch of a new Specialty Treaty Reinsurance division.
The new Treaty division will complement Consilium’s existing worldwide broking operations including its FAC division launched last month. It will draw on its broad network and knowledge base to develop new opportunities across the globe and will leverage the Aventum group’s market leading actuarial and technology capabilities within Mulberry to bring transparency and confidence to both clients and carriers.
Paul Cousins (MBA) and Matt Webb (PICTURED) have both been appointed a Partner at Consilium to lead the new division. Paul has 44 years’ experience in the market in both underwriting and broking. He was Head of Treaty Underwriting at Employers Re (now Swiss Re UK), Treaty Underwriter at Soreman/SCOR, Head of Treaty at Canopius and Chief Underwriting Officer at SRIR. Latterly he joins from Chesterfield Group where he was Executive Director Delegated Underwriting, handling the Group’s international reinsurance and prior to that was Managing Director Speciality at Capsicum Delegated Authorities. He also spent eight years at Aon Benfield as Head of Strategy and Business Development.
Matt Webb joins from Ed Broking where he was previously Division Director of Reinsurance. Matt had been with Ed Broking for most of his career – nearly 23 years. He held senior roles previously at both Cooper Gay and Newman Martin Buchan before they both became Ed Broking in 2016.
Premium Credit is pleased to announce that Peter Heath (PICTURED) has joined the business as Head of Affinity. He takes over from Glen Murphy who was recently promoted to the role of Sales Support Director.
Peter has worked in the Insurance industry for over 16 years and has held a number of underwriting and Sales/Relationship roles during that time. He began his careers at Zurich Municipal and went on to work for Allianz for 11 years working across Commercial and Personal Lines. He arrives at Premium Credit from Simply Business where he has spent the last 3 years working in Partnerships.
Peter will join a sales team committed to supporting Premium Credit’s community of customers and partners in creating opportunities through convenient payments. As Head of Affinity, he will play an important relationship role with Premium Credit’s existing affinity partners whilst onboarding new partners, helping the business retain its position as the premium finance provider of choice. Peter will work closely with partners to ensure a 100% offer of finance is made to all customers in a consistent, professional and compliant manner to maximise up take.
Alesco Delegated Authority (Alesco DA), the specialist binding authority broker, has launched a dedicated Canadian delegated authorities unit with a triple hire of market specialists as part of its ambitious international growth strategy.
Based in London, Executive Directors Tom Bassett and Alan Daly are joined by Will Howard-Smith as Associate Director to drive the expansion of Alesco DA’s Canadian business, where there is significant opportunity for growth.
Together they bring more than 40 years’ insurance broking experience, with specialist expertise in placing and negotiating North American binding authorities in the London market, and Canadian delegated authorities in particular.
The trio will be joining Ashley Perkins’ International team, which forms part the 60-strong London-based Alesco DA business, which is led by Managing Director Donald Alcorn and has a portfolio of over 300 delegated authority facilities for more than 150 agents. Alesco DA is now part of Gallagher’s Re Global Programmes practice group, led by Andrew Moss, which manages gross written premiums of approximately US $6billion.
Pattern has announced the appointment of Grant Baker as US Head of Sales and Partnerships. Grant joins Pattern to lead its US embedded insurance growth, bringing years of experience and credibility working with ski resorts, registration platforms, and professional athletes. In his new role, Grant will expand Pattern’s partnership program and increase collaboration with leading brands in the industry.
Grant has a strong track record of business development, growing revenues and increasing market share in B2B and B2C markets. He has extensive expertise in insurance, travel, registration, and event platforms, launching products for InsurTech since 2017.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of this fast-growing insurtech” states Baker. “Pattern has developed an impressive portfolio of award-winning insurance propositions. Combined with its global regulatory framework, it makes it easy for platforms and businesses to sell embedded insurance for customers worldwide. I’m looking forward to introducing Pattern to many new markets and building relationships.”
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