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Graham Company Elects New Member to Its Board of Directors
Graham Company, one of the largest insurance brokerages in the U.S., has elected Mary Sklarski, CPCU, ARM, to its board of directors. Sklarski was formerly chief operating officer and chief growth officer with national insurance brokerage and consulting firm, Woodruff Sawyer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mary as the newest addition to our board of directors,” said Bill Graham, chairman of the board, Graham Company. “Her depth of knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to pursue a strategic plan to better service our unique client base.”
Sklarski has had an extensive career in insurance including numerous roles within Chubb Insurance Company on the West Coast and 16 years at Woodruff Sawyer, according to a press release. After nearly 40 years in the insurance industry, Sklarski retired in 2019.
“Joining Graham Company’s board of directors felt like a natural fit for me,” said Sklarski. “I am excited to share the knowledge and experiences I have acquired over the years to make a positive impact on the organization during this pivotal point in the company’s trajectory. I look forward to the great work ahead with an incredible group of leaders.”
Kinetic Names Insurtech Pioneer to Advisory Board
Workers’ comp Insurtech company Kinetic Insurance has welcomed Lemonade Inc.’s chief insurance officer, John Peters, to its advisory board.
“John Peters is one of the brightest minds in the business with a breadth of experience transforming insurance operations and truly disrupting the insurance sector,” said Haytham Elhawary, founder and CEO of Kinetic Insurance.
“John brings the strategic leadership and industry relationships to Kinetic’s board that will guide us in truly reinventing workers’ compensation,” Elhawary added.
Prior to joining Lemonade, Peters held a multitude of executive roles for commercial insurance and loss control at Liberty Mutual and spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company’s global property-casualty insurance practice, according to a press release.
In his role, Peters will advise the Kinetic Insurance executive team on all aspects of the business, including MGU strategy, carrier relationships, advanced underwriting and actuarial strategies, and the integration of novel datasets in our business.
CICA Announces 2022–2023 Board Appointments
Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) has announced new additions to its board of directors. Chief operations officer for Pro Group Captive Management Services, Renea Louie, ARM, ACI, Fellow will chair the board.
Louie brings 30 years of industry experience and extensive knowledge in the alternative risk transfer industry, according to a press release. She has served on the CICA Board for the past 4 years.
In addition to Louie, the board elected Captive Resources’ CEO Nicholas Hentges as vice chair, and Mary Ellen Moriarty, vice president for Property & Casualty, EEIA, as secretary/treasurer. Lance Abbott, BevCap Management LLC, serves as immediate past chair.
CICA also elected Udo Kappes, head of P&C, employee lines, and reinsurance at Airbus Insurance Risk Management. Kappes’ industry experience includes positions at the German property insurance association Verband der Sachversicherer, and serving as the in-house insurance broker of Daimler Chrysler.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve as CICA’s 2022-2023 Board Chair,” Louie said. “The global pandemic has revealed to a much larger universe of business owners the power of captives and the coming years will bring large growth for the industry.”
McGriff Expands Real Estate and Hospitality Team
McGriff has hired Donna Matthews as a senior vice president and Denver-based marketing account executive in its real estate and hospitality practice.
Matthews joins McGriff with nearly 20 years of large and complex property broking experience, according to a press release. She most recently worked for a large multinational broker where she served as head of the property division for the Mountain West region. In that role she focused on risk solutions for clients in the real estate industry, particularly multifamily owners and operators.
“We are thrilled that Donna is joining our team, bringing deep experience in the broader real estate space and particularly in the multifamily segment,” said Paul Cicerchia, McGriff real estate and hospitality practice leader. “Her experience and relationships in both the domestic and global insurance marketplace will certainly benefit our clients and prospects.”
Risk Placement Services Promotes Leaders in Construction and National Casualty
Risk Placement Services (RPS) recently announced Zach Burdine’s role has expanded to include vice president, national casualty. Burdine is now responsible for the strategic growth of the RPS casualty teams throughout the U.S.
Currently, Burdine serves as RPS area president based in Austin, Texas where he manages the binding/MGA production team in Texas and previously grew the RPS energy practice group through recruitment and product development, according to a press release.
Burdine is active within the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) as well as the Texas Surplus Lines Association, having chaired and served on various committees. He holds designations as an Associate in Underwriting and Energy Risk and Insurance Specialist.
Additionally, Mike Mulvey has been promoted to executive vice president and construction practice leader for RPS’ Northeast region, based in New York. In his new position, he will work across RPS’s regional offices to leverage market access and industry expertise in the placement of construction risks, per the release.
Mulvey joined RPS as a commercial underwriter and broker in 2005, moving into roles of increasing responsibility while enhancing his construction industry expertise. Most recently, he led the RPS New York Metro office.
The Hartford Names New International Head of Financial Lines
The Hartford has named Keith Mather head of financial lines for its international business. Mather will be responsible for building a sustainable and profitable book of international retail and wholesale financial lines business.
Based in London, Mather will also be tasked with driving long-term growth and success for the company’s global specialty sector, according to a press release. He will report to The Hartford’s international CUO, Colin Sprott.
“The Hartford’s international Global Specialty business remains a top destination for talent,” said Carl Bach, The Hartford’s international CEO. “We will continue to grow our team by adding specialized underwriters who know the insurance industry and understand the unique risks of conducting business globally.”
“Keith brings decades of experience in international financial lines with a keen intellect in portfolio risk management and product development having supported diverse multinational organizations in Europe, Middle East and Australia,” Bach noted.
Prior to joining The Hartford, Mather served as UK head of financial lines for Generali, where he provided portfolio balance and risk reductions across multiple industries and geographies. &