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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.”

07.01.2016
Zurich North America
Don Pickens

Zurich appoints new Chief Underwriting Officer for Global Corporate in North America

Zurich, a leading property and casualty insurance provider globally and in North America, has announced changes to the senior leadership team at Zurich’s Global Corporate in North America (GCiNA).

Don Pickens will be the new Chief Underwriting Officer for GCiNA. That position was previously held by Patrick Daley, who will assume a new role as Head of Property for the East Region within GCiNA.

Richard Montminy will be the new Head of Property for GCiNA. Joe Tinetti, who was in that role since 2011, will become Head of Marine and Energy Property and report to Jeanne Jankowski, head of Energy for GCiNA.

“I am very excited to welcome Don and Richard to my senior leadership team. I am certain that the changes we’ve announced today will help to position GCiNA to grow and to achieve our goals in 2016 and beyond,” said Paul Horgan, chief executive officer of Zurich Global Corporate in North America.

07.01.2016
Arch Re
John Willemsen - Bill Hopkins

Arch Reinsurance Company announced yesterday that John Willemsen and Bill Hopkins have joined their underwriting team in Morristown, New Jersey as Managing Directors. Mr. Willemsen joins Arch Re with over 30 years of experience, most recently as head of the development of the Programs business at Munich Re. He will help develop and expand Arch Re’s Programs business. Mr. Hopkins will help to strengthen the Professional Lines unit. Prior to joining Arch Re, Mr. Hopkins was head of the Financial Lines portfolio at AIG Cat Excess.

07.01.2016
XL Catlin
Anne Marie Elder

Anne Marie Elder has been promoted by XL Catlin to CUO for marine in the Americas.

07.01.2016
RSA
Rob Cook - David Taylor - Matt Howard

RSA has revamped its marine marine management team.

In three newly created roles:

Rob Cook has been appointed London market marine director

David Taylor has been appointed Europe and International marine director

Matt Howard has been appointed UK regional marine director

06.01.2016
Validus
Rob Halsey

Have announced the appointment of Rob Halsey as Vice President, Atlanta Property Manager. In this new position, Rob will be responsible for building and maintaining the Validus Underwriters Excess & Surplus property business in the Southeast United States and write on behalf of Western World.

“Rob has the experience, broker relationships and underwriting philosophy that will help us meet our growth plans for 2016 and beyond,” said Bill Steinberg, Head of Property Brokerage for Validus Underwriters. “His expertise will allow us to build and maintain our client base while expanding our presence in the region. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team.”

06.01.2016
UIB
Shaun Barrington

UIB has appointed Shaun Barrington as it's new CEO

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