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Insurance Office of America Expands West Division
Jei’mar M. Spell has been added to the expanding west division team of Insurance Office of America, after serving as a business insurance agent for The Wooditch Group.
“I am super excited to partner with such an incredible nationally recognized organization. The IOA core values deeply resonate with me — never give up, be respectful, be ethical, and be a partner,” said Spell.
“I truly believe everything that happens in life happens for a greater reason. Life has brought me to IOA, and I am extremely honored and privileged to be a part of this dynamic and forward-thinking team.”
Spell holds the construction risk and insurance specialist designation, along with licenses in accident, health and life, property and casualty, and construction risk insurance. He has over a decade’s worth of experience specializing in the negotiation, placement and account stewardship of insurance and risk management companies with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion.
“We’re excited to add someone of Jei’mar’s rich background to the IOA family. His approach and attitude toward delivering highly tailored risk management services to his clients align perfectly with IOA’s values,” said IOA division president John Tenuto.
Beazley Makes Moves to Simplify Access and Unify North American Commercial Property
In an effort to provide clients with easy access and to strengthen its offerings, Beazley has restructured its large commercial property and Canadian and E&S property teams to create a single North American commercial property team.
Four leaders have been appointed: Robert Sadlier joins the firm as central regional leader; Ashley Irwin steps into the role of Northeast regional leader; Reid Jaffe takes up the mantle of Southeast regional leader; and Tim Carlin will helm the Western region.
Richard Montminy, group head of property risks at Beazley, said: “These changes are the final piece in our property strategy to create a single commercial property team in North America. Most importantly, it simplifies our distribution and helps us to support our brokers where they are located, offering easier access, and consistent service, irrespective of the channel, based on a unified risk appetite and underwriting approach.”
Hiscox Names General Counsel, Promotes from Within
Hiscox has announced the promotion of Jen Metzger to general counsel in the U.S. She will continue to lead the product innovation and development team, as well as leading the corporate legal team for the company.
“As a seasoned attorney and insurance professional, we’re thrilled for Jen to take on this newly created role,” said Steve Prymas, CUO at Hiscox USA. “Jen’s role will unite our legal functions, allowing for synergies and collaboration across regulatory, state filings, wordings and contracts.”
Metzger previously worked at large carriers leading high severity professional risk claims and managing the products, innovation and underwriting guidelines for large professional liability programs.
She brings over 23 years of experience into her role.
Liberty Mutual Adds Two to its Global Risk Solutions Team
Liberty Mutual has announced the appointments of two new underwriting leaders to its Global Risk Solutions business unit, which provides commercial, specialty and reinsurance products.
Brandon Fick joins as North America chief underwriting officer from Zurich North America, where he served as chief underwriting officer. Nate Zangerle becomes chief underwriting officer for global surety.
Both will report to GRS president of underwriting Matthew Moore, who was recently appointed to that role, and the respective president of the operation they support.
“We continue to add amazing underwriting talent to GRS,” said Moore. “Both Brandon and Nate will help realize our vision of providing holistic solutions to customers’ complex and emerging risks. Their leadership is critical to delivering industry-leading underwriting performance and consistent global product strategies based on a common view of risk.”
NFP Welcomes Oil and Gas Industry Expert
Javier Pardo has joined the ranks at property and casualty broker NFP as senior vice president, Complex Risk Solutions Group.
In this role, Pardo will serve clients in the global oil and gas industry by implementing customized risk mitigation strategies and by developing new business and leading special projects.
Pardo will report to Joe Seeger, managing director, Complex Risk Solutions Group, at NFP.
“I’m excited to welcome Javier to our CRSG team, where he will add tremendous value, internally and for clients,” said Seeger.
“Oil and gas industry enterprises have an array of complex and integrated risks — including economic, environmental and operational — that spread across all areas of their business. Javier has the veteran industry experience to effectively support NFP’s oil and gas sector clients by leading the development of loss prevention strategies and thoughtful risk management and planning solutions.”
Pardo joins NFP from Parkland Fuel Corporation, where he served as director of insurance. He brings more than two decades of experience in risk assessment and management and loss prevention to his new role.
“I look forward to addressing the unique challenges our oil and gas industry clients face in today’s macroeconomic environment with tailored property and casualty insurance solutions,” Pardo said.
Canopius USA Expands Its Technology Capabilities with Support Team Addition
Canopius Group announced the expansion of its technology capabilities with the addition of a U.S. Application Support Team as part of the company’s significant growth plans in the U.S. The team will be led by Roberta Sweeper.
Sweeper will assume the role of lead business systems analyst.
“The investment in expanding our technology platform in the US is a critical step in supporting the company’s robust growth plans,” said Adam Finkle, COO, Canopius USA.
“Adding a dedicated US-based team to support the platform’s applications is the next step toward achieving scalability. We are excited to add Roberta and her team to help us achieve our goals for Canopius USA.” &