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Laura McDonagh

Chaucer, the specialist Lloyd’s insurance group, has announced that Laura McDonagh has joined as Onshore Energy Underwriter. Laura will write worldwide downstream oil, gas, refining and petrochemical property business.

Laura is a well-regarded onshore and downstream underwriter who joins from Zurich Global, where she was responsible for the management of Zurich’s oil and gas portfolio.

Kelan Hunt, Energy Practice Head at Chaucer commented:

“We have a market-leading Energy Team at Chaucer and Laura’s arrival, with her in-depth onshore underwriting experience, will enhance our energy offering.  In the current demanding market conditions, it is ever more important that we are able to provide the highest levels of expertise and service to our brokers and clients and I am very pleased that with Laura on board, we further extend Chaucer’s capabilities across the energy industry.”

Arthur J. Gallagher
John Coldman

Arthur J. Gallagher today announces the appointment of John Coldman as a non-executive director, subject to regulatory approval. He will also sit on both the Remuneration & Nominations Committee and Audit Committee for the UK business.

John’s appointment is in addition to his position on the board of directors of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., which he assumed in November 2014. Having previously served as chairman of The Benfield Group, Brit Insurance and Omega Insurance — as well as deputy chairman and a member of the Council of Lloyd’s — John brings more than 45 years of insurance broking, management and financial services experience.

His appointment also completes the non-executive director line-up of Arthur J. Gallagher Holdings (UK) Limited, led by non-executive chairman Sue Langley, joining fellow NEDs Jamie Drummond-Smith, Trevor Newbery and Lady Louise Patten.

Willis Towers Watson
Alexander van Kuffeler

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Alexander van Kuffeler as Regional Leader of Financial Institutions in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA).

Based in London, van Kuffeler takes up the role with immediate effect. He will focus on delivering the full range of Willis Towers Watson products, services and solutions to financial institution clients in the CEEMEA region.

Previously van Kuffeler was Executive Director in Willis’s Political and Trade Credit Risk practice, where he developed bespoke risk management solutions for a number of Willis’s largest financial institution clients. He joined Willis in 2008 and has more than 10 years’ experience in the credit and political risk market having previously headed up the credit and political risk team at Glencairn.

Pembroke Managing Agency
Ms.Tracy Ma

Ironshore International has announced that its subsidiary Pembroke Managing Agency, will establish an office in Shanghai this month as part of the Lloyd's China platform.

Ms. Tracy Ma has been appointed Underwriting Manager of the entity, reporting to Hui Yun Boo,Managing Director of Ironshore's Asia/Pacific region.

Stewart Muirhead
ArgoGlobal, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stewart Muirhead as Casualty Wordings Manager. He takes up his position with immediate effect, reporting to Ryan Barnes, Head of Casualty.
Stewart brings more than two decades of experience acting for and advising international insurance businesses to ArgoGlobal. He joins from Aon UK Limited where he spent more than 10 years, most recently as Associate Director / Solicitor - Head of Aon Claims Solutions. In this role he was tasked with drafting and advising the UK and US broking divisions on London market brokered policy wordings and slip construction. Stewart was also responsible for legal and claims advisory, project management and committees in the UK and US. He is a qualified solicitor and began his career with Hill Dickinson in 1993 acting for insurers in casualty claims, later practising in Australia with Carter Newell Solicitors, before returning to London in 2002 to join Hextalls Solicitors as an Associate.
Swiss Re
Frank O'Neill

Swiss Re has appointed Frank O'Neill chief executive of its UK and Ireland operation.

O’Neill, who has been with the reinsurance giant for 18 years.

Everest Re Group
Kevin Dunham - Mike Newell

Everest Re Group, Ltd. has announced two new additions to its Everest Insurance Distribution Management team. These moves will serve to strengthen the organization’s relationships with their key trading partners as Everest continues to expand its capabilities in the specialty insurance space.

Kevin Dunham has been appointed Regional Leader, Marketing and Distribution for the West region. Kevin joins Everest Insurance from Zurich Global Corporate in North America where he served as Executive Vice President, Western Team Leader - Customer Relationship Management. Prior to joining Zurich, Kevin was Senior Vice President and Branch Manager for ACE Risk Management in Los Angeles. Kevin will be based in the Company’s Orange, California, office.

Mike Newell has been appointed Regional Leader, Marketing and Distribution for the Central region. Mike joins Everest Insurance from Swiss Re Corporate Solutions where he served as Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, Central Region. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Mike spent nearly a decade at AIG where he served as National Account Regional Manager in the Central region. Mike will be based in the Company’s Chicago office.

Liberty International Underwriters
William Bell - Mike Nukk - Rick Niehaus

Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance, has appointed William Bell as senior vice president of Environmental, Mike Nukk as senior vice president of Marine, and Rick Niehaus as senior vice president of Energy & Construction. All three executives will be based in LIU’s New York City office and report to Michael Finnegan, chief underwriting officer for LIU’s U.S. operations.

BF&M Ltd
Paul Markey

BFM Ltd has announced the appointment of Paul Markey to its Board of Directors effective immediately.

Mr. Markey retired recently as the Chairman of Aon’s Bermuda based insurance and reinsurance broking operation, Aon [Bermuda] Ltd.

He joined Aon’s Bermuda operations in 1994, with a mandate to implement a reinsurance broking strategy in Bermuda following the emergence of the Bermuda property catastrophe market in 1992 and 1993.

Mr. Markey had worked for Aon for over 25 years, previously having been Executive Vice President in their New York City reinsurance broking operations.

Prior to joining Aon in 1989, he spent 10 years with General Re in both the Uni ted States and London. Mr. Markey started his career with a Lloyd’s syndicate in the 1970’s.

Peter Dickel - Nichola Dunne

MSIG at Lloyd’s has expanded its accident and health team with the appointment of Peter Dickel and Nichola Dunne to the roles of A&H underwriters.

They will report to Martin Leeks, class underwriter for liability and A&H.