6 People on the Move

Appointments are announced at NCOIL, Palomar Specialty Insurance Company, Group1001; Assurex Global; myMatrixx; and Aspen.
By: | January 4, 2019

Linda Wang Steps Into Role of Head of Corporate Planning for Group1001

Linda Wang was hired as head of corporate planning for Group One Thousand One, LLC (Group1001), an insurance holding company in the United States. The company specializes in making insurance and retirement products, with a mission to make it more accessible.

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Prior to Group1001, Wang served as CEO at Old Mutual Bermuda for four years and held senior level actuarial management positions at AEGON Diversified Investment Advisors in NY and Mercer Consulting in Conn.

“Group1001 is committed to delivering more useful and intuitive insurance products to the market and Linda’s experience and perspective will enhance our ability to execute this plan, as well as take advantage of new market opportunities ahead,” said Dan Towriss, CEO and President of Group1001.

“I have been watching the transformative work that Group1001 has been doing in recent years with the insurance industry, and I am thrilled to be part of the team,” said Wang.

“I am excited to bring my industry experience to the organization to empower further growth.”

Senator Dan ‘Blade’ Morrish Elected President of NCOIL

Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish will serve as National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) president for the 2019 term. He was elected by the NCOIL Executive Committee at the conclusion of the NCOIL Annual Meeting.

Dan Morrish, president, NCOIL

“I plan to share the good work NCOIL does to move positive insurance public policy forward, serve as a form emerging ideas and work with insurance regulators and our federal counterparts to ensure solid, state-based regulation of insurance,” said Morrish.

His priorities as president will include expanding the NCOIL’s educational offerings to include a track for legislative staff and engaging with states and legislators that do not actively participate with NCOIL.

Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO said: “Since I started as NCOIL CEO in 2016, Sen. Morrish has been a leader on many issues, and willing to help in any way he can.”

Morrish has held a variety of positions with NCOIL, including chair of the State-Federal Relations Committee, chair of the International Insurance Issues Committee, and member of the Executive Committee. In 2018, Morrish was elected to serve as NCOIL vice president following the resignation of Vt. Representative Bill Botzow.

2019 marks the NCOIL’s 50th year as a national legislative organization made up of the nation’s legislators serving on their states’ insurance and financial institutions.

Elijah Marentette Becomes Senior VP at myMatrixx

Express Scripts Holding Company announced Elijah Marentette has been named senior vice president of account management at myMatrixx, a Tampa-based workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit management company focused on patient advocacy.

There, he will be responsible for leading the team of account executives and account managers at maintaining and strengthening client relationships, while keeping the company’s mission of achieving best possible outcomes for injured workers.

Prior to myMatrixx, Marentette held various executive positions at Coventry Health Care, most recently serving as vice president of Coventry’s local sales and service team. He also held the position of vice president of independent medical examinations operations.

Marentette also held various positions at Concentra in its auto injury solutions division, where he was responsible for the design and delivery of a claim file-imaging product and the development of the industry’s first internet-deployed claim reporting tool.

Mike Cirillo, president of myMatrixx, said: “Elijah’s keen insights into the needs of our clients and their injured workers are essential to the organization.” He brings “expertise in creating and implementing innovative solutions that improve care and decrease costs.”

Andy Sloan Named Chairman of the Board by Assurex Global

Assurex Global has announced the election of Andy Sloan as chairman of its board of directors.

Andy Sloan, chairman, board of directors, Assurex Global

Sloan has been with The Magnes Group, Inc., an independent insurance broker headquartered in Ontario, Canada, since 1984. He has been an Assurex Global Board member for the past eight years and served as their regional chairman in North America from 2015-17.

Jim Hackbarth, president and CEO of Assurex, said Sloan’s leadership and direction will be “essential.”

“He is the fourth Assurex Global chairman to have come from outside the United States. We are grateful to have Andy in this role and look forward to his contributions.”

Robert Beyerle Hired at Palomar Specialty Insurance Company

Palomar Specialty Insurance Company announced the hiring of Robert Beyerle as senior vice president of underwriting.

Beyerle spent 16 years at Great American Insurance Group as its divisional senior vice president of property & inland marine division. There, he was responsible for the western and southwest regions and the residential construction profit center.

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“It is a great pleasure to announce Robert’s addition to the Palomar team,” said Mac Armstrong, CEO of Palomar. “Robert’s proven track record of profitable underwriting, cross-segment product knowledge and leadership supplements Palomar’s strong underwriting team.

“Moreover, it reinforces Palomar’s commitment to growing its commercial and specialty lines of business.”

Chris Carlson Appointed EVP by Aspen Insurance

Chris Carlson, EVP,head of U.S. property, Aspen Insurance

Chris Carlson has been promoted to the position of executive vice president, head of U.S. property, at Aspen Insurance, the insurance segment of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited.

Prior to joining Aspen Insurance in 2016, Carlson worked with Zurich North America as a global property underwriter before going to Liberty International Underwriters for seven years.

Tim Kania, global head of energy & construction and U.S. property stated: “Chris brings a wealth of global property experience to this role. He has a proven track record of portfolio management and his appointment is a testament to the considerable internal talent that we have within Aspen Insurance.” &

Sarah De Kok is an undergraduate from Widener University, from the class of 2020. She can be reached at [email protected]

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