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Beazley Appoints Moy as US Marine Underwriter

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed John Moy as U.S. marine underwriter within its newly- launched U.S. marine platform.    Moy will report to Steve Vivian, head of U.S. marine at Beazley, and will be responsible for underwriting and building the company’s U.S. hull, protection & indemnity (P&I) and liability business for the marine and marine construction sectors. Mr Moy joins from Water Quality Syndicate in New York where he was Chief Underwriting Officer.   Moy has a wealth of experience gained from a career that spans the U.S. Merchant Marine, private shipping

Gustaf Kristiansson (Photo: Markel International)

Markel International Appoints Kristiansson in Singapore

Markel International Singapore, the specialist insurer, has appointed Gustaf Kristiansson as marine underwriter based in Singapore.   Kristiansson joins the Singapore office from Markel International’s Sweden office where he held the same position. Prior to that, he was located in Dubai, UAE working for Gulf Agency Co., an international shipping logistics and marine services company. Kristiansson brings with him more than 10 years of shipping and marine insurance experience.    

XL Catlin Promotes Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine

as SVP, Chief Underwriting Officer, Inland Marine. She is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. where she earned a commission as a Naval Officer as well as an unlimited tonnage USCG Third Mates license. She is part of the Transportation Committee of the Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA) and currently is Chair of IMUA’s New England Advisory Committee.  She also has served on the board of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU), and holds the Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM) designation. 

IMUA Awards Drewry Lifetime Achievement Award

James Drewry, Treaty/Program Property Underwriter at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., as well as a former Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA) Chairperson, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association at its 84th Annual Meeting. Drewry was one of three individuals recognized by the IMUA.  The others included John A. Tutera, Senior Vice President-Construction & Completed Civil Works, Hiscox, USA for Excellence in Education; and Anne Marie Elder, Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriting Officer, Inland Marine, XL Insurance – 2012 Outstanding Committee

Fidelis Group Holdings Names Kirchhofer VP of Marine Division

Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH), with its subsidiary Continental Underwriters, Ltd., has hired John Kirchhofer as Vice President of its Marine Division.   In this position, Kirchhofer will be responsible for expanding the group's brown water hull and primary marine liability geographical footprint, which will complement FGH's national inland marine and ocean cargo product lines, the company said. Kirchhofer will report directly to H. Elder Brown, Jr., Chairman of FGH and will be based in the group's New York City office located at 100 William Street.   Kirchhofer comes to FGH with more

Justin Mongello (Photo: WQIS)

WQIS Hires Mongello as COO and Senior VP

WQIS, underwriter of pollution liability insurance for marine vessels, has created the new position of Chief Operating Officer and has selected Justin A. Mongello to fill the role, as well as that of Senior Vice President.   Mongello holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from State University of New York Maritime College and brings to the role almost 20 years as a team leader in underwriting with firms such as Zurich North America, Swiss Reinsurance Corp and Liberty International Underwriters.   WQIS said it created the new COO position to further strengthen the senior

From top Richard Inman,Steve Myatt and Simon Williams Photo Britannia

Britannia Bolsters Underwriting Team

 Britannia has bolstered its underwriting presence with three appointments as part of the company’s growth strategy.   The recruitment drive comes as the curtain falls on the 30-year underwriting career of Steve Myatt, who has decided to step down from his role as underwriting Director, marking the successful 2018 renewal as his last.   John O’Flaherty joins from broker JLT to head up the Club’s new Singapore operation. John worked for JLT in Dubai for five years having previously worked for Skuld P&I Club and brokers AON Heath Lambert.   The move to put

Rob McAdams (Photo: XL Catlin)

XL Catlin Names McAdams Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Marine

XL Catlin has announced the promotion of Rob McAdams to the position of Chief Underwriting Officer for Global Marine with immediate effect. Previously, McAdams held the role of UK/ Ireland Marine Leader. McAdams has 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining legacy XL he held positions at Reliance National in New York. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter.  

Siiri Duddington (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

Hill Dickinson Hires Duddington as Partner

the firm advising on a wide range of dry shipping, trade and insurance litigation, acting principally for owners, charterers, P&I clubs, traders and insurers.   Siiri has extensive experience in commercial contracts disputes involving charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, COA, pooling agreements, marine insurance and sale contracts, as well as shipbuilding and rig disputes. She is regularly involved in running large-scale litigation and arbitration, often with multi-jurisdictional issues. Siiri has particular expertise in insurance coverage disputes, largely acting for P&I clubs and insurers

AGCS Makes Leadership Changes in North America

Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced today that effective December 31, Henning Haagen will take over as North American Regional Head of Specialty Lines, and Rich Soja will become the North American Regional Head of Marine. These appointments follow the retirement of John Barnwell after more than 20 years with the company. While taking on these new responsibilities, both Haagen and Soja will continue in their current roles as Northeast Zone Executive in the U.S. and Global Head of Inland Marine, respectively.     Sin

Randy Lim (Photo: Braemar Adjusting)

Braemar Adjusting Promotes Lim

Braemar Adjusting has announced the promotion of Randy Lim from Senior Adjuster to Director, effective immediately. Lim has been with Braemar Adjusting since 2013, prior to which he amassed more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry in progressive roles including claims handling, claim management, relationship management and business development with various underwriters and vendors as well as claims advocacy and account management with a large international brokerage. Since joining the Calgary office, he has worked under the leadership of Paul Cameron to develop a strong

XL Group Grows in Asia

XL Group strengthened its Insurance Marine team with the appointment of Mike Davies as Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine, Asia Pacific and Ian Picton as Senior Upstream Underwriter.   Understanding the local industry and what is impacting it, is a key recruitment driver for XL Group. Explaining, Lee Meyrick, Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Marine and Offshore Energy, said: “Asia is an important market for our global clients and it plays a huge part in supply chain logistics for companies operating around the world.   “We have made these appointments because we recognize

LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia Regional Hull & Machinery Coordinator.   John Quarrington is based in London where he will be supporting the Group Energy Services Director (Alex Harrison) with the continued development of LOC’s global marine warranty surveying activities across its 33 offices. A master mariner by background

Daniel G. McDermott

NY Maritime Law Firm Cited as a Top Practice

, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.   Recognized in the Nationwide: Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York) category, the firm was recognized for "offering services across the gamut of admiralty and marine insurance law work, spanning product claims, cargo claims and property subrogation."   Daniel G. McDermott, co-chair of the firm's maritime practice, and Edward C. Radzik, shareholder within the group, were cited as "notable practitioners" in the Chambers ranking. While both

Russell Hodge (Photo: Pirie & Smith)

Hodge to Lead Pirie & Smith’s DP Division

Pirie & Smith, marine consultants and surveyors to the marine and energy sectors, has appointed Russell Hodge to head up its new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Engineering and Assurance Division.   Hodge, who has more than 30 years’ experience on a global level, joins the company as Dynamic Positioning Technical Authority. He is an expert in the fields of DP, failure mode and effect analysis, DP trials and audits, accident investigation and the design of shipboard power and control systems.   The new division represents a growth area for Aberdeen based Pirie & Smith, one of

Kathleen Ko, Sr Vice President of Peak Re

Peak Re Appoints Credit & Surety Underwriter

Peak Reinsurance Company Limited (“Peak Re”), the fast growing Hong Kong based reinsurer announced the appointment of Kathleen Koh as Senior Vice President to underwrite credit and surety business.   Ms. Koh will be responsible for developing and growing Peak Re’s credit book in Asia Pacific. As a credit & surety underwriter in the region, she has more than 15 years of combined banking and reinsurance experience, with extensive knowledge in the China market and the experience of building up the trade credit insurance business in China.   Prior to joining Peak Re

H. Elder Brown (Photo: FGH)

Fidelis Group Holdings Opens NY Office

Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. (CUL), a National Marine Insurance coverage and service company, opened its new flagship office located in Lower Manhattan, New York.   H. Elder Brown, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of FGH commented, "We have been able to continue our growth pattern during these tough market conditions principally due to our proven business model and discerning hiring practices.  Our expanding platform and group of insurance professionals give us a clear advantage over our competition which is

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