It’s a day late due to the Bank Holiday, but here are latest insurance sector senior hires and job moves FYI;
Canopius Group, a leading global specialty (re)insurer, today announced the appointment of Andrew Parker as Head of Treaty, Australia & New Zealand and Head of Casualty Treaty, Asia Pacific and Paul Wedlock as Head of Property Treaty, Australia & New Zealand, effective immediately.
Based in Sydney, the pair will lead the expansion of Canopius’ local reinsurance offering. Andrew and Paul will be joined by Peter Mattei who will assume the role of Casualty Treaty Underwriter, and Liza Aparicio as Office Manager.
With 33 years’ experience, Andrew joins after eight years at Aspen Re in Sydney, where he was most recently Head of Australia and New Zealand. Andrew is credited for developing Aspen Re’s P&C operations in Australia, doubling its premiums since 2015. With 30 years’ experience, Paul joins Canopius from Aspen Re, where he served as Head of Property, Australia and New Zealand, responsible for the growth and development of the regional treaty portfolio. Peter brings more than 12 years’ experience in pricing across a breadth of reinsurance classes in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Allianz Commercial is creating two roles within broker distribution management as part of its segmentation strategy. Working collaboratively with regional and head office teams, the two broker segment managers will be key to delivering profitable growth across the Broker Partner and Prime Partner segments.
Harriet Allen will focus on growing relationships with the independent and network Broker Partners throughout the UK. She will also build and strengthen the account developer community with a view to delivering outstanding service to the needs of this broker segment.
Vicky Barrett will develop tailored propositions for larger independent brokers already within the Prime Partner segment. She will work closely with the regions to drive high performance in this segment to expand the trading footprint, diversify the portfolio and create a bespoke relationship lead service for Prime Partners.
Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, announced the launch of its UK legal services offerings to deliver a step-change in the provision of claims services to national insurance and corporate markets. The new practice will focus on first party property claims and recoveries, with plans to expand into casualty, motor and other specialist lines.
Sedgwick Legal Services Limited will be led by partners John Hinton and Paul Squires. Both are seasoned litigators who have long served as trusted advisers to clients in the insurance sector. They bring to Sedgwick nearly 35 years of combined experience.
“We are delighted to welcome John and Paul to Sedgwick and look forward to delivering truly end-to-end recovery solutions to the UK market. Both will be actively involved throughout the claim lifecycle – from first notification of loss through to litigation,” said Paul White, Sedgwick CEO in the UK. “The addition of legal services to our robust claims-handling offerings will mean we can provide more efficient and cost-effective solutions for our clients and their customers. Bringing this specialty in-house considerably enhances our recovery proposition for property claims.”
Simone Auer (42) has been appointed as Talanx’s Chief Risk Officer with effect from 1 May 2023. She will succeed Professor Dr Gerhard Stahl (65). The long-term head of Group Risk Management will stay on with the Group as Research Advisor.
“We would like to thank Gerhard Stahl for his dedicated work at our Group over the past 16 years. His outstanding risk management expertise has been instrumental in helping us master the challenges of modern risk modelling so successfully at Talanx. We are delighted that we will be still able to draw on his enormous knowledge going forward. He is to be succeeded by an excellent internal candidate, Simone Auer. I would like to wish her every success in her new role and am looking forward greatly to our work together”, said Dr Jan Wicke, Talanx AG’s CFO.
LIONS GATE UNDERWRITING
Lions Gate Underwriting (LGU), an independent underwriting agency and Lloyd’s coverholder, announces the appointment of Robbin Botnick as managing director and head of corporate development. Based in Toronto, Botnick will report to Brian Gomes, president of LGU Canada.
Joining from Excess Underwriting where she was chief operating officer, Botnick is a highly respected insurance executive and brings more than 25 years of experience to the role. Prior to this, she was Managing Director at Linx Underwriting Solutions, a subsidiary of Aon Canada. In her previous roles, she has successfully grown both broker-owned in-house insurance MGAs and private MGAs, specializing in commercial and personal lines of business, into profitable organizations with efficient operations. As managing director and head of corporate development, Botnick will use her knowledge of Lloyd’s and the Canadian domestic market to expand LGU’s footprint across Canada.
DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has appointed insurance disputes and coverage experts, Victoria Clucas and Bill Evans, as insurance partners in the Dubai office. Victoria and Bill (PICTURED ABOVE) joined DWF this month from Kennedys. They join with a combined 30 years of experience running large loss insurance claims and coverage disputes. Their arrival will significantly bolster the insurance team across the Middle East.
They will work alongside insurance partner Brian Boahene who has over 16 years of experience working in the region. DWF has a full service insurance team in the Middle East. This allows for a seamless service to be provided to insurance clients throughout the GCC.
Victoria has over 13 years of experience advising Insurers and Reinsurers on complex and large loss Property, Energy and Construction claims and coverage disputes, across the Middle East and Africa, Europe and the UK. For the first ten years of her career Victoria worked in the heart of the London Insurance Market, relocating to the Middle East in 2020.
Bill qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 2006 before joining Kennedys in 2008. Bill spent 12 years working in the London Market and has divided his time between Dubai and London since 2020. Bill specialises in handling complex, high value Property, Energy and Construction claims across the UK, EMEA and APAC.
BMS Re, the specialty reinsurance broker, has appointed Erik Soria as head of new business solutions and co-head of casualty broking, effective March 2023. Based in New York, Soria reports to Sean Ryan, deputy chief executive officer, and will lead the development of BMS Re’s new business solutions team.
Soria joins from Conduit Re, where he has served as the head of US casualty since 2021. Prior to this, Soria was senior vice president of treaty casualty at SiriusPoint for four years. Soria began his career as a broker, working for Aon and then Willis for 10 years prior to making the switch over to underwriting.
Fidelis MGU announces the appointment of Deborah Leen as Head of Human Resources. She will be based in London and report to Rinku Patel, Group Chief Operating Officer and CEO of Pine Walk, effective immediately. Deborah will also become a member of Fidelis MGU’s Executive Committee. Deborah will be responsible for overseeing Fidelis MGU’s talent strategy, which focuses on finding best-in-class talent from across the industry, while ensuring it continues to align with the company’s diversity, equality and inclusion goals.
Deborah has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the financial services sector. She joins Fidelis MGU from Arrow Global Group where she was HR director for the investments division. Prior to this, Leen was interim Head of HR at Fidelis Insurance. She has also held several senior HR roles at companies such as Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, Insight Investment, Gulf International Bank and ING.