5 People on the Move

Fusion Specialty adds a partner, Goldberg Segalla makes a hire in its workers' compensation practice and Vida Capital announces the addition of a structured credit expert in this edition of People on the Move. 
By: | August 3, 2022

Ebele Ebonwu Added to Goldberg Segalla’s Workers’ Compensation Group

Ebele Ebonwu, attorney, Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla announced that Ebele Ebonwu joined the firm’s workers’ compensation group in its Baltimore office.

Ebonwu concentrates her practice on counseling and defending employers, insurers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters. She is involved throughout all stages of the workers’ compensation claims-handling process, from inception through resolution.

Ebonwu draws on her background with complex class action litigation, arbitration, and mediation, including actions involving employment disputes, product liability, civil rights, sexual harassment, defective products, and wage theft claims.

Before entering private practice, Ebonwu gained a range of experience as a student attorney at Baltimore’s Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic, assisting pro bono clients referred by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, conducting client interviews, preparing bankruptcy documents and other pleadings, and making court appearances as a primary attorney.

Ebonwu earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, a master’s degree from Bowie State University, and her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Pamela Derksen Joins NFP

NFP, the property and casualty broker, benefits consultant, wealth manager and retirement advisor, announced the hiring of Pamela Derksen as deputy chief compliance officer for NFP in Canada.

In this role, Derksen will develop corporate policies and procedures and represent NFP to Canadian regulators. Derksen will report to NFP’s Suzanne Spradley, senior vice president, chief compliance officer, associate general counsel.

“I’m excited to welcome Pam to NFP and our growing team in Canada,” said Spradley.

Pamela Derksen, deputy chief compliance officer, NFP

“Pam has a proven ability to interpret the impact of complex regulations and assess emerging legislation and trends across the insurance landscape. She will be a tremendous asset to our clients who will benefit from knowing that we continue to run our business in a compliant and ethical manner.”

Derksen joins NFP from Cowan Insurance Group, where she served as vice president, brokering and insurance relationships, Personal and Commercial. Prior to this, she was the vice president, operations, Broker Policy and Administration Systems, for Economical Insurance. In all, Derksen brings 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, from commercial underwriting in western Canada to a variety of operational and corporate leadership roles with large national carriers.

In addition to earning her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Calgary and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from McMaster University,

Derksen holds both the Chartered Insurance Professional and the Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional designations from the Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta. She is also a board member of the Oxford-Elgin Child and Youth Centre.

Dave Ashton Picked up by Holmes Murphy

Holmes Murphy announced the hiring of Dave Ashton as its chief information officer.

Prior to joining Holmes Murphy, Ashton was the CEO of Principal Trust Company for Principal Hong Kong, where he managed the overall leadership of the Principal Hong Kong group of companies, providing retirement and long-term savings solutions. Prior to that, Ashton was the vice president and chief information officer for Principal International.

Dave Ashton, chief information officer, Holmes Murphy

“Dave is a strong collaborator and communicator with a passion for driving growth by leveraging modern technology and client insights,” said Dan Keough, chairman and CEO of Holmes Murphy. “Dave’s vast amount of experience will help change the trajectory of our company, and we are delighted to have him join the team.”

Ashton will be responsible for leading the IT team to implement and support technology that will help Holmes Murphy provide client service in a cost-effective way. He’ll also serve as a member of the Holmes Murphy Enterprise Services Leadership Team.

Vida Capital Adds Matthew Roesler to the Fold

Vida Capital, Inc., a portfolio company of RedBird Capital Partners and Reverence Capital Partners, announced that Matthew Roesler has joined the firm as managing director, Structured Credit.

Roesler will be based in New York and report to Peter Polanskyj, head of structured credit. In this role, Roesler will work alongside Polanskyj in support of the firm’s structured finance portfolios.

“I am excited to welcome Matt to our firm and am confident his experience will make him a valuable addition to the team. In his previous roles, he’s shown a proven ability to generate consistent and attractive risk-adjusted returns,” said Polanskyj.

“We believe that his network and experience with counterparties, institutional investors and investment consultants will help drive value for our stakeholders and partners. We look forward to leveraging his focus on actively managing structured finance portfolios across credit cycles.”

Roesler is a former partner and portfolio manager at Apollo Global Management where he was responsible for synthetic structured credit investing, solutions and capital relief transactions, and secured financing. He was also a voting member of Apollo’s structured credit investment committee responsible for all CLO, ABS and esoteric corporate structured credit investments.

Previously, Roesler was a director at Citigroup on the Credit Correlation desk where he was responsible for all risk management and bespoke asset origination and trading. Before Citigroup, he began his career at Deutsche Bank in a variety of transaction management and fixed income structuring seats.

Fusion Specialty Hires Richard Liu

Fusion Specialty, a global M&A insurance specialist for small to midmarket businesses, added Richard Liu as a partner for Fusion Americas following the businesses’ recently announced launch. Liu assumes his role with immediate effect and will report to Brian Hayes, managing partner.

Richard Liu, partner, Fusion Americas

Liu brings legal, broking as well as underwriting experience to Fusion Americas, having primarily worked within the M&A market.

He joins from AXA XL where he held the role of vice president, M&A. Prior to this, Liu was vice president at Atlantic Global Risk having previously worked at KPMG within its M&A Tax group.

Dan Reynolds is editor-in-chief of Risk & Insurance. He can be reached at [email protected].

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