6 People on the Move

In this edition of People on the Move, EPIC, AIG, Ascinsure and more see people moving in their ranks.
By: | February 22, 2019

Carla Ferrara to Head Investment Communications for AIG

AIG announced that Carla Ferrara has been appointed as head of communications for AIG’s Investments organization. Ferrara will be based in New York and report to Elaine Rocha, chief operating officer, AIG Investments.

Carla Ferrara, head of communications, AIG Investments

“As a strategic and collaborative leader, Carla’s record of success and extensive experience in developing and executing national and global strategic communications, media relations and marketing strategies will serve us well,” said Rocha. “Her strong vision and ability to effectively communicate an organization’s strategy means she will be an ideal leader as we position AIG Investments for the future.”

Ferrara brings more than 25 years of extensive branding and communications strategy, internal engagement, media relations and thought leadership experience in the global insurance and financial services industry to this key role. She joined AIG in 2018, serving as director, internal communications, for AIG’s Finance, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management and Global Legal Compliance & Regulatory (GLCR) functions.

Prior to her tenure with AIG, Ferrara served as director of data communications for XL Catlin (now AXA Catlin), where she served as a strategic communications business partner for the company’s chief data officer and its enterprise business data solutions team. Prior to that, she was vice president, corporate communications & branding, for QBE North America. She also previously was assistant vice president, media relations, for Chubb North America (formerly ACE Group), where she developed and executed strategic communications and media plans while counseling product experts and senior management on their communication techniques.

Thai Hong Hired as CBIZ’s National Claim Advocacy Leader

CBIZ announced the hiring of Thai Hong as national claim advocacy leader for its property and casualty group. He will also serve as its international business and global accounts practice leader.

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“I’m thrilled to have Thai join our property and casualty business and believe he will excel at leading our claims area, as well as expanding our international practice,” said Mike Gill, president, CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc. “His experience and influence will help our teams resolve complex and difficult claim situations in our clients’ favor.”

Hong comes to CBIZ with over 28 years of experience in the property and casualty industry, including claim leader, senior account executive, global accounts underwriter, multi-national accounts client executive and practice leader. He has considerable experience in placing, servicing and managing the claim process for international and multi-national insurance programs.

Hong is a chartered property casualty underwriter and, in addition to holding property and casualty and life and health insurance licenses in most states, he also holds Series 6 and 63 Securities licenses. He earned a degree in international business from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a degree in Japanese Studies from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

TT Club Appoints New Senior Underwriter

TT Club, the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services, has appointed Andrew Peers as the senior underwriter for its UK, Benelux and Nordic underwriting team.

Andrew Peers, senior underwriter, TT Club

Peers joins the Club from RSA, where he spent 17 years and led a team of 12 marine liability and marine property insurance underwriters, delivering value to his clients and London market brokers. Andrew has also held senior positions at GE Frankona and Willis.

Reporting to the Club’s EMEA regional director Mark Argentieri, Peers will head up an underwriting team focused on driving forward and providing continued support to TT Club’s core transport, logistics and ports business in the North European market. He will be working closely with the Club’s regional broker partners and industry contacts, whilst bringing key London market brokers to the Club.

Mark Argentieri says: “Andrew is a highly respected, well experienced marine insurance professional and his appointment further reinforces TT Club as the center of expertise for the global container transport insurance industry. His skills and contacts will undoubtedly be a great asset to the EMEA region and the Club as a whole in delivering real value to our membership.”

JAMS’ Peter Rosen Receives Leadership Award

Peter Rosen of JAMS has been awarded the first Transactional Liability Leadership Award at Advisen’s annual Transaction Insurance Insights Conference.

This award recognizes an outstanding individual who is a transaction liability coverage expert, an innovator and a mentor. The recipient was determined by the 10 industry thought leaders who comprise the Conference Advisory Board.

Matthew Heinz, senior managing director, Aon, and this year’s Transactional Insurance Conference Chair, explained why Rosen deserved to be the first recipient of this award: “Peter has been a mainstay of the transaction liability space since inception, and his professionalism, intellect, and innovative approach are a boon to his clients and the industry in general,” he said.

Ascinsure Specialty Promotes Steve Keinard

Ascinsure Specialty Risk LLC has promoted Steve Keinard to the role of assistant vice president and underwriting manager. He’ll be leaving the role of senior underwriter, which he held since January 2018.

Steve Keinard, assistant vice president & underwriting manager, Ascinsure Specialty Risk

“With the ability to offer industry-specific and customized programs that were built for our niche markets, Ascinsure is growing at an exciting pace,” said Mike Goff,  senior vice president.

“Steve’s depth of knowledge, underwriting experience and ability to manage a winning team are exactly what Ascinsure needs at this critical time. He was a great addition to the Ascinsure family and made it a short search filling this extremely important position,” Goff added.

Keinard has more than 30 years of insurance and underwriting experience. He will spearhead efforts to ensure his department achieves goals and objectives vital to the organization’s success.

Ascinsure is an operating company of Allied Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Jose Palmer Joins EPIC 

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants welcomed Jose Palmer to its energy and marine practice, which is part of its property and casualty operations.

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Palmer received the role of principal, for which he will be responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property/casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market large clients.

He will report to KJ Wagner, EPIC’s managing principal and director of the Southwest region.

“We are thrilled to continue the growth of our Property & Casualty team in the Southwest region with Jose’s addition,” said Wagner. “He brings a strong risk management background that adds tremendous value to our clients and our organization as a whole. Jose will be a terrific addition to EPIC.” &

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