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Aspen Insurance
Robert Rokicki

Aspen Insurance, the insurance segment of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, has announced the appointment of Robert Rokicki as Senior Vice President, Head of Onshore Energy & Construction for the Americas.

Reporting to Tim Kania, Global Head of Energy & Construction, Robert will be based in New York and will focus on driving targeted growth across the Americas. With nearly thirty years of experience as both a chemical engineer and underwriter, his expertise aligns with Aspen's focus on utilizing talent to deliver value to brokers and customers. Robert most recently served as Senior Vice President in the Oil, Gas, Petrochemical, and Chemical business unit at Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), responsible for profitable growth across the U.S. and Latin American portfolios. With additional previous experience at AIG/Chartis, ACE, and Swiss Re, Robert has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).

Tim Kania commented, "Robert's technical expertise and understanding of the unique exposures faced by clients in the Energy & Construction space is a great fit for Aspen. I am delighted to welcome him to Aspen."

Ironshore Inc
Ronald A. Gleason

Ironshore has named Ronald Gleason as its new global energy industry practice leader.

Gleason is currently Ironshore’s regional executive for South Central, based in Houston. He will continue in that role, as well as be responsible for developing integrated insurance solutions for the energy sector in alignment with Ironshore underwriting specialists throughout its global platform.

Everest Re Group
Sanjoy Mukherjee

Everest Re Group, Ltd.  announced yesterday that Mark de Saram, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd., has notified the Company of his decision to retire effective April 6, 2016.

Mr. de Saram joined Everest in 1995 as Vice President of its United Kingdom and European operations and in 2004 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Everest Re (Bermuda), Ltd. Mr. de Saram also serves as director and Deputy Chairman of Everest Re (Bermuda), Ltd. and Everest International Reinsurance, Ltd. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Everest Re (Ireland) Limited and a director on the Board of Everest Underwriting Group (Ireland) Limited.

Mr. Dominic J. Addesso, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Mark’s strong leadership, wide market knowledge, and underwriting talent have contributed, over many years, to the success we have had in building out Everest’s global position. During his tenure, Mark, amongst other things, was instrumental in establishing both our Bermuda and Ireland operations and also assisted with our recent entry into Lloyd’s. With more than 20 years at Everest, his guidance and counsel will be greatly missed, although I am delighted that he has agreed to remain as a non-executive director on the Boards of several of our operating companies."

Mr. Sanjoy Mukherjee will succeed Mr. de Saram as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd., subject to Bermuda’s Immigration Department approval. Mr. Mukherjee, currently Executive Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel for the Company, will continue in his current role while assuming these additional responsibilities.

Mr. Andrew Carrier, General Manager of European Operations, will succeed Mr. de Saram in assuming full management responsibility for the Company’s London, Continental European and Asia-Pacific reinsurance operations.

Paul Newson

Novae announces the launch of its Accident & Health team. Paul Newson has joined as unit head and reports to Stuart Heath, divisional head of property.

Paul brings over 30 years of industry experience to Novae. He started his career in claims at Alfred Blackmore Insurance Brokers and became a personal accident underwriter for the B.P. Theakston syndicate in 1989. Paul held roles at JLT, Harvey Simons syndicate and Oxygen Insurance Managers before joining Marketform as class underwriter for A&H in 2006.

Zurich Insurance
Rajbir Singh Nanra

Zurich has announced the appointment of Rajbir Singh Nanra to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), General Insurance, Australia and New Zealand. Raj will report to Stuart A. Spencer, CEO of General Insurance, Asia Pacific as well as the board of Zurich Australian Insurance Limited.

Raj’s appointment follows four months as interim CEO, during which time he has successfully rolled out a focused strategy and restructured the business to align and support the execution of the strategy. He brings over 25 years’ of experience in the Asia Pacific insurance and finance sector to the role. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer, General Insurance for Zurich, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, he was the Regional Audit Director, Asia Pacific for Zurich based in Hong Kong, where he led a team of 40 auditors covering General Insurance and Life and Investments.

Vanessa Macdonald-Smith

JLT Re has announced the launch of a new division – JLT Fac and the appointment of Vanessa Macdonald-Smith who will lead the division.

Keith Harrison, CEO, UK & Europe, JLT Re, said, “The creation of JLT Fac is a reflection of the JLT Group’s strategic investment in the Facultative space. Bringing together recognised experts from across the group as well as new expertise from across the industry. Vanessa will lead a team of 19 professionals; her appointment is a testament to JLT’s ongoing focus on client’s needs. Under her leadership this team creates a very exciting proposition.”
Gen Re
Pietro Toffanello

Gen Re has announced that Pietro Toffanello will officially begin his tenure as CEO of Faraday effective immediately. He will replace Paul Ceurvorst who will continue to serve on Faraday's board until his retirement at the end of April. Mark Rayner will continue to act as Chief Underwriting Officer for Faraday.

Damon Vocke, President of General Re Corporation and Chairman of Faraday, commented, "We are grateful to Paul for his 25 years of service with the Gen Re Group, the last 12 of which have been as joint CUO and then CEO of Faraday, and wish him well. We are pleased that he will remain on the Board through April. Pietro has been with the Gen Re Group for 21 years and brings extensive international industry knowledge to his new role. I look forward to working with him."

Argo Group
Frank Mike-Mayer & Mark Wade

Argo Gropu has announced the appointments of Frank Mike-Mayer as chief underwriting officer and Mark Wade as chief claims officer, both serving as key executives for the company’s U.S. operations.

“Frank and Mark are experienced leaders representing a broad range of underwriting, claims and management expertise with proven track records of supporting operational excellence, improving profitability and executing key strategies and priorities,” said Argo Group U.S. president, Kevin Rehnberg.

In the role of Chief Underwriting Officer, Mike-Mayer is responsible for guiding the development and execution of Argo Group U.S. underwriting strategies and policies supporting retention, growth, and profitability of the company’s total portfolio of businesses.

Serving as Chief Claims Officer, Wade is responsible for the overall strategic direction, executive leadership and management of Argo Group U.S. claims operations, focusing on the consistent execution of claims functions and operational excellence. Wade will also partner with senior executives in formulating both strategic plans and policies to consistently meet the claims-handling needs of Argo Group’s clients and policyholders.

Mike-Mayer joins Argo Group from AIG Commercial where he served as head of technical underwriting, responsible for driving key global underwriting excellence strategies, developing and implementing global underwriting standards, and establishing a more consistent and robust risk selection framework for underwriters.

Wade joins Argo Group following his role as appointed executive director of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Prior to his appointment, Wade served as deputy superintendent for property and casualty insurance at New York State’s Department of Financial Services.

Renaissance Reinsurance
David E. Marra

Announced yesterday that David E. Marra, who has been Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer – Casualty & Specialty of the Company since 2013, will become the President of Renaissance Reinsurance U.S. Inc., leading the Company’s U.S. operations. Mr. Marra will continue to report to Ross A. Curtis, RenaissanceRe’s Group Chief Underwriting Officer. Mr. Marra succeeds H. Elizabeth (“Liz”) Mitchell, who will be taking an extended sabbatical after serving with Renaissance Reinsurance U.S. Inc. and predecessor companies since 1993.

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Fernando Cámbara Lodigiani

Liberty Mutual Insurance, yesterday named Fernando Cámbara Lodigiani as CEO of its Chile operations following its acquisition of approximately 99.6% of Compañía de Seguros Generales Penta Security S.A. (Penta Security).  Together with its existing company, Liberty Compañía de Seguros Generales S.A., Liberty Mutual Insurance is now the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Chile.  

Mr. Cámbara, who is the CEO of Penta Security will lead a unified management team comprised of executives from both companies. Penta Security is the fourth largest non-life insurer in Chile. It offers a diverse portfolio of personal and commercial insurance.  Its products are consistent to those offered by Liberty Seguros, which has grown substantially in the ten years since Liberty Mutual Insurance first entered Chile.  In 2014, Liberty and Penta Security generated CL $ 171 billion and CL $ 226 billion of direct written premiums, respectively. With the acquisition of Penta Security, Liberty Mutual Insurance reaffirms its commitment to Chile and its continued desire to grow in the US $ 3 billion Chile property and casualty insurance market.