6 People on the Move

Everest adds a property executive; Ametros names a senior managing director; Joe Zuk joins Orchid; Anders elected president of NAMSAP
By: | February 28, 2019

Everest Picks Up Kevin Flaherty in Property

Everest Insurance added Kevin Flaherty to its retail property team in the East Region. Kevin, who is based out of the Everest Insurance New York City office, will report to Jason Ventling, vice president and head of retail property.

Commenting on the addition, Ventling said, “We are excited to have Kevin join our team of talented and skilled underwriters in our growing retail property group at Everest. The knowledge and experience Kevin has developed over his many years in the industry, coupled with his leadership experience, make him a valuable addition to our group.”

Kevin was most recently an assistant vice president at Ironshore, having previously worked as an underwriter at Liberty International and AIG. Kevin holds a B.A. from St. Joseph’s University.

Tower MSA Partners’ Dan Anders Elected Treasurer of NAMSAP

Daniel M. Anders, JD, MSCC, the chief compliance officer for Tower MSA Partners, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals, Inc. (NAMSAP) and will serve on its executive committee as treasurer for 2019.

Dan Anders, chief compliance officer, Tower MSA Partners

An attorney who holds the Medicare Set-Aside Consultant Certified and Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional credentials, Anders also co-chairs NAMSAP’s Policy and Legislative Committee.

Anders and Tower have been active in the organization for several years; Tower’s CEO Rita Wilson is the immediate past president, and Wilson and Anders frequently speak at its conferences and webinars.

“We’re dedicated to continuing our work with NAMSAP,” Wilson said. “It provides timely and comprehensive education and is the leading advocate for Medicare Secondary Payer compliance policies and practices that serve all stakeholders.”

NAMSAP is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005. Members include attorneys, nurses, settlement planners, claims professionals and others.  The organization was formed to help individuals and organizations address claims impacted by the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute (MSP). The MSP is federal legislation designed to prevent the shifting of responsibility from a primary payer to the federal government in liability and workers’ compensation cases.

Joe Zuk Joins Orchid

Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC, a specialty underwriter of catastrophe-exposed property insurance, announced that Joe Zuk has joined Orchid Insurance as managing director of corporate development & strategy, a new position within the organization. This new role reports to Brad Emmons, president and CEO at Orchid.

Zuk is responsible for Orchid’s corporate development and strategic initiatives across the enterprise. As a member of the executive team, Zuk will work with Emmons and the company’s partner, TowerBrook Capital Partners, in leading Orchid’s continued growth and expansion of business through mergers and acquisitions, organic growth opportunities and conceiving and executing upon innovative and value-creating strategic initiatives.

Zuk comes to Orchid with more than 15 years of experience and developed relationships throughout the insurance and reinsurance verticals. Prior to joining Orchid, Zuk served a dual role at Atlas General Holdings as president of the commercial and property divisions. There, he grew the business as well as directing and executing upon Atlas’ corporate growth and development strategies. Previously, Zuk was a reinsurance broker and underwriter. Zuk is a graduate of New York University.

“We are excited to have Joe join Orchid,” said Emmons. “Joe is bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout the industry, which will bolster our platform’s capabilities and deepen our expertise.”

Paul H. Sighinolfi Joins Ametros as Senior Managing Director

Paul H. Sighinolfi has joined the Ametros Senior Leadership team as senior managing director. Bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, he will provide thought leadership and lead regulatory and policy initiatives, while providing meaningful strategic direction and insight.

“Paul and I have known each other for several years. He brings years of experience and a unique perspective,” said Marques Torbert, CEO of Ametros. “We are happy to have him on board to help Ametros continue to innovate and provide thought leadership in our industry.”

Ametros strives to enhance the lives of injured parties with innovative and affordable settlement solutions. Ametros focuses heavily on improving the health and well-being of injured workers ensuring that they live happier, healthier and more productive lives post-settlement.

Paul Sighinofi, senior managing director, Ametros

Sighinolfi is an attorney who brings over 30 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry, most recently as executive director and chair of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. Previously, he was a partner at Rudman-Winchell, LLC, directing the workers’ compensation practice group. He also coauthored Maine Employment Guide: Workers’ Compensation and has been a frequent speaker throughout the country on various workers’ compensation topics.

“Paul’s experience as the head of the workers’ compensation system in Maine, in addition to previously serving as both a plaintiff and defense attorney gives him a complete view of all sides of our workers’ compensation system and makes him a wonderful fit for our company,” Torbert said.

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions elected Sighinolfi to its Board of Directors in 2014, and he served as its board vice president until earlier this year. He is a fellow of the American Bar Association, College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and was formerly on the executive committee of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators.

Sighinolfi earned his master’s degree at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and his law degree at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.

“I’ve worked in many aspects of workers’ compensation, and I truly believe what Ametros is doing is on the cutting edge of the industry,” said Sighinolfi. “I’m thrilled to be joining the Ametros team.”

Marsh’s Sastry Durvasula Honored

Sastry Durvasula, chief digital officer and chief data & analytics officer for Marsh, is among the 2018 Top Ten Insurtech Leaders identified by ACORD, the global data standards-setting body for the insurance industry.

ACORD spoke to industry stakeholders globally and evaluated vision, impact and execution to identify the leaders with the greatest current and potential ability to change the industry through Insurtech.

Durvasula joined Marsh in August 2017, to lead the strategic design, development and delivery of Marsh’s digital capabilities, data and analytics, and client-facing technology across the firm’s global business.

Edward Levin Takes Key Role with AIG

AIG announced  the appointment of Edward Levin as global head of accident & health, General Insurance. He will report to Christopher Townsend, CEO of AIG International General Insurance, and will start next month based in London.

In this new role, Levin will be responsible for the global A&H portfolio, including distribution and underwriting strategy. He will develop a global A&H strategy, identify growth opportunities and create a diverse distribution pipeline.

Levin joins AIG from Chubb, where he served in senior roles, including division president of international A&H and most recently as group digital business officer. Previously he spent four years at ACE Europe as executive vice president of A&H, life and personal lines. Earlier in his career, he held roles at Citigroup and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Townsend said: “Edward’s deep understanding of the A&H business and his experience in building out digital platforms and products will add value as we develop next-generation digital capabilities for AIG. I am pleased to welcome Edward to AIG as we position our A&H business for growth in an evolving industry.”

Levin added: “I’m looking forward to joining AIG to build a market-leading A&H business. AIG has a strong heritage of product innovation and distribution leadership in this area; with this renewed focus, we will be well positioned to deliver products and services that add value for our customers.”

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