6 People on the Move

Zurich Canada makes two key appointments and ProSight Global nominates Anne Waleski to its board of directors; all of this and more in this edition of People on the Move. 
By: | May 11, 2020

Zurich Canada Appoints a Head of Risk Services and a Head of Human Resources 

Chris Snider, head of risk services, Zurich Canada

Scott Thomas, head of human resources, Zurich Canada

Zurich Canada has announced two new appointments; Chris Snider has been named head of risk services and Scott Thomas has been named head of human resources. 

Thomas previously served as the head of risk services, the position which Snider filled. 

Snider has been with Zurich Canada for 15 years and has held roles of increasing responsibility. He shares his expertise on supply chain risks and business resilience and is responsible for annual business resilience calibration training for new risk engineers through Zurich North America and Zurich Canada.

“Looking to continue the valuable work that Scott has done with this team over many years, we now look to Chris to take this function to the next level as Risk Services is strategically positioned to be the core of our enhanced service offering to our customers,” said Zurich Canada Chief Executive Officer Saad Mered.

Thomas has held the interim role of head of human resources since November. He previously served as head of risk services. 

In his 30-year career at Zurich, Thomas has held more than a dozen roles of increasing responsibility within risk services. His experience includes leading global technical projects and team leaders, workforce management initiatives and global training curriculum development. He drives and supports technical excellence, engagement levels, training, efficiency and effectiveness and is experienced in change management and coaching employees to deliver on the needs of the business.

“He has not missed a beat since stepping into the Head of HR role last fall,” said Mered. “He has embraced this challenge with passion, rigor and humility.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas has been instrumental in making sure that Zurich employees are taken care of, helping to keep them safe and engaged.

ProSight Nominates Anne Waleski to Board of Directors

Anne Waleski, board of directors nominee, ProSight Global

ProSight Global Inc. announced that Anne Waleski has been nominated as the company’s newest member of the Board of Directors, increasing the company’s number of independent directors to 10.

Waleski retired from Markel Corporation in 2019 after more than 25 years serving in a variety of financial roles. She served as chief financial officer from 2010-2018. 

“I am excited to welcome Anne to our board. Her track record of excellence and deep industry knowledge built up over her 20-plus year career at Markel through multiple economic and underwriting cycles will be a great resource to our company,” said Larry Hannon, chief executive officer and president of ProSight.

Waleski’s official appointment to the Board will be voted upon at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on June 17.

Waleski earned her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and her MBA at the University of Richmond. She currently serves on the board for Tredegar Corporation and plays a leadership role in her local community with organizations including the READ Center, SportsBackers and Virginia Institute for Marine Science.

Ryan Specialty Group Names a Chief Revenue Officer in Expanded Role

Brendan Mulshine, chief revenue officer, Ryan Specialty Group

Ryan Specialty Group announced Brendan M. Mulshine as its chief revenue officer, expanding his current position. 

Mulshine now will be responsible for working closely with RSG’s business units, R-T Specialty and RSG Underwriting Managers, to sustain and expand the industry-leading organic growth that RSG has experienced.

In tandem with RSG’s operating companies, Mulshine will continue to collaborate with clients and carriers to develop innovative products and solutions. 

Prior to joining RSG, Mulshine held several leadership roles with Aon over the course of 18 years, working with domestic and global insurance company clients on their reinsurance capital needs.

“Brendan has been a very important leader in our organization’s rapid growth since joining our firm eight years ago by working with our clients and carrier partners,” said Patrick G. Ryan, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of RSG.

“Brendan’s deep industry experience and business acumen have earned him the respect of RSG’s clients, key carriers and internal RSG leadership. Brendan’s focus is to continue to support RSG’s organic growth with our operating companies through innovation and development of growth opportunities. I value Brendan’s insight and foresight and am looking forward to his continued leadership at RSG.”

Hannah Altomare Promoted to Account Executive at RT Specialty

Hannah Altomare, account executive, RT ECP, RT Specialty

Hannah Altomare has been promoted to account executive within RT Specialty’s Environmental and Construction Professional (RT ECP) Practice. She will be responsible for helping RT ECP’s leadership develop quotes, proposals and presentations as well as negotiating the terms of the organization’s contractor’s construction lines of business. 

“Hannah is an integral team member, having assisted in the overall growth of our book of business since joining the team in 2017,” said Tim Farrell, senior vice president of RT ECP. “Her responsiveness and thoroughness have earned the respect of our broker and underwriter clients nationwide. We are also proud of her dedicated approach to the profession, which includes expanding her knowledge of the field through the pursuit of the industry’s most prestigious designations.”

Prior to joining RT Specialty, Altomare served as a claims consultant at Conner Strong & Buckelew in Philadelphia, Pa. where she was actively involved in exploring and identifying new coverage lines for clients.

EPIC Names Dave Howard President of EPIC Select

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced that Dave Howard will lead its EPIC Select as president. EPIC Select is an advisory platform dedicated to providing guidance and financial protection for the evolving needs of elite athletes, entertainers and other successful individuals and their families.

Howard brings a wealth of knowledge to his role, which was obtained through various management, legal and business operations consulting roles. He has held positions and gained relevant experience with the New York Mets, The Madison Square Garden Company, Howard and Sergi, and Brightline Trains.

Howard will guide the efforts of the EPIC Select team in partnership with other business segments within the organization including the Private Client, Entertainment & Sports, Life & Disability and commercial insurance teams. He will work closely with Tim Brenneman, president of EPIC’s private client practice.

“I am thrilled to join EPIC and head up EPIC Select. We have the leadership and expertise required to help successful people with unique risk factors protect their businesses, families and assets, while navigating these evolving times,” said Howard.

Howard will guide the efforts of the EPIC Select team in partnership with other business segments within the organization including the Private Client, Entertainment & Sports, Life & Disability and commercial insurance teams.

“We are building a client-centric model around transparency and alignment. Successful people have complex risk factors and we are committed to helping them understand the risk exposures they face and thus make informed decisions to protect their assets,” commented Brenneman.

 EPIC is partnering with ESPN personality Jay Williams to deliver advanced strategies alongside the EPIC team. &

Emily Spennato is a former staff writer with Risk & Insurance.

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