5 People on the Move

Gallagher, Marsh, Real Time Risk Solutions and more announce appointments.
By: | February 12, 2019

Gallagher’s Melanie Jeannotte Steps into National President Role

Arthur J. Gallagher announced it has selected Melanie Jeannotte as its new national president of Gallagher Benefit Services Group Inc., the Canada division (GBS Canada). Previously, Jeannotte acted as area president, Western Canada, for Gallagher’s Benefits & HR Consulting Practice.

GBS Canada has grown sizably in the last few years, according to the company, and offers benefits focused on organizational well being.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity and to be a part of GBS Canada’s tremendous growth story. I feel fortunate to work alongside some of the best consulting experts across the country,” said Jeannotte.

“Together, we have unlimited opportunity to help employers of all sizes manage their benefits and HR programs more strategically to reward and attract the talent they need to grow while benefiting their balance sheets.”

Billy Welch Joins Real Time Risk Solutions Team

Real Time Risk Solutions (RTRS) added Billy Welch to its executive team as director of strategic partnerships. Welch, with an extensive background in insurance, will be developing risk management solutions and expand RTRS’s client networks.

Billy Welch, director of strategic partnerships, Real Time Risk Solutions

“Billy’s expertise within the insurance industry is vital as RTRS continues to partner with insurance companies and brokers to enable their clients to manage and measure risk from any mobile device with advanced analytics to measure and predict risk,” RTRS CEO Cory Davis said.

Welch most recently served as an investment banker for Young America Capital, helping insurance and technology companies raise capital, develop partnerships and bring in new business.

Prior to that, Welch developed an exchange for hurricane insurance that was used by over 100 insurers, reinsurers, funds and their brokers for Chicago Climate Exchange.

The John Love Risk Innovation Award Given to Insurtech CEO

The CEO and founder of Indio Technologies, Michael Furlong, was selected as this year’s recipient of the John Love Risk Innovation Award.

Furlong’s company, Indio, is considered one of the leading Insurtech companies dedicated to helping agents and brokers enhance their technology offerings. Furlong founded the company in 2016 alongside Adam Bratt with the intention to modernize and digitize the insurance application and renewal process.

The John Love Risk Innovation Award is presented each year to an insurance professional who has demonstrated ingenuity, innovation and intellect to solve issues within the risk management industry. It was created in 2012 by TechAssure, an international association of insurance experts for technology-related industries.

Christopher Hetner Joins Marsh’s Cyber Risk Consulting Practice

Christopher Hetner, former senior cybersecurity advisor to the chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has joined Marsh as a managing director in its growing Cyber Risk Consulting Practice.

Christopher Hetner, managing director, Marsh Cyber Risk Consulting Practice

Hetner will focus on advising clients on ways to improve their cyber resilience and risk management strategies and consult on global cyber security regulatory requirements and disclosure guidelines.

“Chris’s proven track record of developing cyber security policy and programs across government and industry will provide clients with valuable insight into effectively managing their risk in the evolving cyber risk landscape,” said Kevin Richards, the company’s global head of Cyber Risk Consulting.

During his tenure with the SEC, Hetner was a leading member of the U.S. Treasury Financial Banking Information Infrastructure Committee, where he provided leadership across a range of cyber security programs impacting the financial services sector. Prior to that, Hetner held several industry leadership roles, including wealth and asset management cybersecurity practice leader at EY, global chief information security officer at GE Capital, and senior vice president of information security at Citigroup.

AXIS Hires Robert Quane

AXIS Capital Holdings Limited announced the hiring of Robert “Bob” Quane as head of underwriting and portfolio optimization. In this newly created role, Quane will be responsible for leading the company’s group underwriting function, while working in partnership with its business segments. This will include establishing and maintaining AXIS’s group-wide underwriting framework, guidelines and policies, in addition to overseeing its portfolio optimization process.

Quane will also manage the company’s group-wide exposure-management and underwriting risk frameworks and chair its peril/product boards. He will report to Eric Gesick, group chief underwriting officer at AXIS, and will be based in the company’s New York office.

“Bob is a proven global insurance leader with extensive underwriting experience spanning a range of business lines across multiple international markets,” said Gesick. “Working alongside the leadership in our business segments, Bob’s experience and expertise will be key to helping us shape and implement a more rigorous and disciplined approach to underwriting and underwriting risk management.”

Quane joins AXIS following a 22-year career at AIG, where he held several underwriting management and actuarial positions. Most recently, he was head of global commercial property at AIG, following time spent serving as the company’s head of global group personal insurance and chief operating officer for international personal lines. Quane worked variously in AIG’s New York, Paris, London and Frankfurt offices, including roles as head of European commercial lines auto and head of regional risk management for the UK and Ireland. He started his insurance career in actuarial roles for Allstate Insurance. &

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