This edition of International People Moves details appointments with Liberty Specialty Markets, Arch Insurance International and Rokstone’s iFarm Underwriting.
A summary of these new appointments follows here.
Liberty Specialty Markets names Conran as CUO
Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Global Risk Solutions division (GRS) has appointed Rachel Conran as chief underwriting officer, Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM)effective January 1, 2023. LSM is the international commercial, specialty and reinsurance business of Liberty Mutual.
Conran will report to Matthew Moorepresident, GRS Office of Underwriting, and Phil Hobbspresident and managing director of LSM.
She will be based in Cologne, Germany and will be responsible for underwriting performance across LSM.
Conran joins from Intact Financial Corp., where she most recently served as chief executive officer and board member of RSA Luxembourg. She has held senior management and lead underwriting roles at leading global insurers, successfully managing significant global portfolios of complex products and driving underwriting profitability, financial planning and strategy.
Arch Insurance Int’l taps WTW’s Bradley as senior cyber underwriter
Arch Insurance International announced the appointment of Sam Bradley as senior cyber underwriter, effective immediately.
Bradley joins a growing cyber team and will support the continued development of the international account as well as the cyber property damage and business interruption portfolio. Based in London, Bradley reports to Marcus Breesehead of Cyber and Technology E&O.
An accomplished cyber practitioner, Bradley spans both brokerage and underwriting. He joins from Willis Towers Watson where he was a senior cyber broker. He also held cyber underwriting roles at Liberty Specialty Markets and CFC Underwriting.
Rokstone’s iFarm Underwriting recruits specialists from Marsh and Geo
Rokstone’s farm and agriculture specialist, iFarm Underwritingannounced the recruitment of new talent to drive underwriting strategy and transform its digital underwriting capabilities.
Rokstone is a London-based managing general agency and subsidiary of Aventum Group.
As part of the strategy, Lee Ellis, highly respected in the market as a senior specialist in farm and agricultural underwriting, was recruited to the group from Geo Underwriting where he was senior product manager for three years managing its agricultural and SME products. Prior to Geo, Ellis spent eight years at Rural Insurance and 12 years at Direct Line.
It is also to join the iFarm team as a senior underwriter Jade Henry, who brings with her more than 10 years of experience in both brokerage and underwriting with specific specialist experience of agricultural risks at Marsh Commercial, AXA and Rural Insurance. Henry will work within the iFarm team as part of a 20-strong unit of specialist farm and farm car underwriters.
iFarm also promoted Adam Mayer to underwriting manager from his previous position as a development underwriter at iFarm. With 15 years of experience in the market, Mawer was also agricultural proposal manager at Zurich and before that was at NFU Mutual for seven years. He specialized in commercial, farm and estate, large fleet and high net worth insurance. In his new role, Mawer will manage the farm portfolio and lead the iFarm team to grow the book profitably while delivering outstanding customer service to its partner brokers.
The iFarm team works closely with Gavin Dollings, chief underwriting officer at Rokstone and his team, supported by some of the best actuarial tools in the market, to develop and improve iFarm’s digital underwriting for optimal performance. iFarm also offers Aventum Group’s in-house valuation service, Securus, to provide accurate valuations to avoid the risks of underinsurance.
Securus is led by Lee Dunford and Bridget Sladea chartered surveyor and dairy farmer, bringing specialist and expert risk management advice to the mix.
With a career spanning more than 25 years in the insurance industry, Dollings joined Rokstone earlier this year from Covea where he was commercial underwriting director for six years, leading the commercial underwriting team, driving underwriting strategy and transforming underwriting disciplines and leaderboard performance. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Allianz firstly as head of Casualty and Construction and later leading its Southern Branch network. At Rokstone Dollings leads the growing digital underwriting team as part of the Aventum Group’s multi-million pound investment in its digital transformation.
“Building on the success of iFarm’s already award-winning quoting and tying product range for farms and agribusinesses, we will address how we can further use data analytics to support our brokers. Inflation will have a dramatic impact on most farm businesses, so we will enhance the products and pricing capabilities with digital tools that allow us to make more segmented pricing decisions based on granular data,” said Dollings.
“This sophisticated level of segmentation will lead to more accurate pricing and give iFarm’s broker partners maximum flexibility to remain competitive while ensuring the best coverage for their clients. Market-leading farm underwriting expertise, combined with access to capacity across Rokstone’s 30+ panel of A-rated carriers, sophisticated surveying and digital underwriting tools and award-winning products, will firmly position iFarm as a leader in the agricultural risk market,” he added. .
Rokstone, the London-based MGA and subsidiary of Aventum Group, has offices in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It underwrites US$800 million GWP in various re/insurance specialty lines, including property, power generation, marine, aviation, terrorism and political violence, construction and engineering, and liability.
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