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09.01.2016
Prager Dreifuss
Dr. Gion Christian Casanova

Dr.Gion Christian Casanova becomes a partner at  Prager Dreifuss

Christian Casanova’s practice focuses on  insurance and reinsurance cases as well as liability and real estate matters. Christian further acts for clients in a broad range of civil and commercial disputes before courts and arbitration tribunals, as well as in the protection and recovery of assets in insolvency and attachment proceedings.

Christian Casanova studied law at the University of Zurich, from which he graduated in 2001 and received a doctorate in 2011. In 2013, he graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Master of Laws (LL.M.). In 2004, he was admitted to the bar in Switzerland. He joined Prager Dreifuss in 2009 as an associate.

09.01.2016
Willis Towers Watson
Nigel Goodlad

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Nigel Goodlad as the European regional managing director of its global captive practice.

Goodlad is now responsible for local offices throughout Europe offering insurance company management services.

Goodlad was previously responsible for Willis's captive insurance company management services operation in Malta. In his new role, he will continue to be located on the island.

08.01.2016
Hamilton Underwriting Limited
Adrian Daws

Hamilton Underwriting Limited, the managing agency of Lloyd’s Syndicate 3334 and the Lloyd’s operations of Hamilton Insurance Group, has announced that Adrian Daws has been appointed to the position of Deputy Active Underwriter and Head of Specialty.Mr. Daws reports to Active Underwriter Trevor Carvey and joins a growing number of highly regarded underwriters hired by Hamilton Underwriting Limited CEO Dermot O’Donohoe to diversify Syndicate 3334’s portfolio.“It’s a pleasure to welcome Adrian to the Hamilton team,” said Mr. O’Donohoe. “With a proven track record of building successful and profitable accounts of specialty business, he’s considered a rising star in the Lloyd’s market.

08.01.2016
Markel International
Nicola Marriage

Markel International has appointed Nicola Marriage as senior underwriter within its trade credit division.

08.01.2016
AIR Worldwide
Bill Churney

Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, yesterday announced that it has appointed Bill Churney to the position of president of its AIR Worldwide business. Former AIR President Ming Lee retired effective January 1, 2016, concluding a successful 20-year career at AIR Worldwide, and will continue at AIR until June 2016 in a nonexecutive role.

08.01.2016
ACE Group
John French - Matthew Doquile

ACE Group today announced key product, distribution and claims management roles it intends to appoint to the new Chubb operation in Australia. These roles will take effect after the completion of the acquisition of Chubb, which is expected in the first quarter of 2016, and when ACE and Chubb in Australia commence operations together.

John French, ACE Country President, Australia & New Zealand, and also future Country President, Australia & New Zealand for the new Chubb, said: “Market-facing leadership roles will be critical in delivering for our brokers, clients and partners. With this in mind, I am very proud to announce this strong and experienced management team.”

Matthew Doquile, current Chubb Australia Chief Executive Officer, will be Chief Operating Officer & Head of Southern Region, covering Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia as previously announced.

08.01.2016
Argo Global
Ryan Barnes

Argo Global, today announced the appointment of Ryan Barnes as Head of Casualty for Syndicate 1200. He takes up his new role following the departure of Paul Kneafsey who has left ArgoGlobal to pursue other interests. Ryan will report to Bruno Ritchie, Director of Underwriting. 

Ryan joined ArgoGlobal in 2011 as Professional Indemnity Class Underwriter and brings over 15 years of underwriting experience. In his new role, Ryan will be tasked with the ongoing expansion and diversification of ArgoGlobal’s Casualty portfolio.

David Harris said, “I am very pleased to announce Ryan’s appointment as Head of Casualty. He is a highly talented underwriter who has consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of technical acumen, portfolio management skill and strategic awareness. His drive and expertise will be key to the ongoing growth of our casualty portfolio.

08.01.2016
Till Capital Ltd.
Dr. Terry Rickard

Has announced the appointment of Dr. Terry Rickard as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.  Dr. Rickard is presently the Director of Quantitative Research for Till Management Company and serves on Till’s Board of Directors.    

Dr. Rickard has 44 years of experience in advanced technology and financial organizations.  He has been an executive and a director of several private companies as well as a public reporting company. He was President and later Chief Scientific Officer of OptiMark Technologies, Inc. and served on its board. He was a co-inventor of the OptiMark transaction matching system and was instrumental in the development of this company from a start-up enterprise to an operating entity on the Pacific Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq market and the Osaka Securities Exchange. Before that, he was President of the brokerage firm Mitchum, Jones & Templeton. He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1975.

08.01.2016
JLT Specialty USA
Brad Kotlewski

JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), has announced  the appointment of Brad Kotlewski as Senior Vice President. Kotlewski will join JLT’s Financial Lines Group as the USA Private Equity Product Leader. In this role, he will be focusing on delivering the full gamut of financial insurance-based products to the private equity sector, and helping JLT build a team of unparalleled USA based experts in this arena.

Kotlewski will be based in JLT’s New York City office

08.01.2016
Novae
Nicola Wood - Laurence Burrows

Novae announces the appointments of Nicola Wood, who has joined as unit head of its US Excess Casualty unit and Laurence Burrows, who has joined as a senior underwriter in that unit. Both are based in the London office and report to Bob Patten, divisional head of Casualty.

Nicola brings over 12 years of US Casualty experience and joined from Aspen Insurance UK where she spent seven years, latterly as head of Global Casualty. Prior to this she spent four years at XL in Dublin where she was an assistant vice president.

Laurence was previously business development manager in the US Casualty team at Starr Underwriting. Before this he spent six years at Aspen Insurance UK as class underwriter within the Global Casualty team.

Bob Patten, divisional head of Casualty at Novae Group, said: “As part of our planned development of the Casualty division we identified profitable growth opportunities for Novae in the US Excess Casualty market. I am delighted that Nicola and Laurence have joined us to lead this new class; they are quality underwriters with excellent track records, significant expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of US liability risks and the wordings that apply to this class. I look forward to working with them both and they are fantastic additions to Novae’s underwriting talent pool.”

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