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The Hartford announces a head of middle & large commercial business units, Vantage names chief risk officer.
By: | November 10, 2022

Gallagher Names Managing Director

Damion Walker, managing director, Gallagher

Damion Walker is set to take the reigns as managing director of Gallagher’s technology practice.

In his new role, Walker will be responsible for “the alignment, expansion and further development of Gallagher’s capabilities in the technology space,” according to a press release.

Additionally, he will focus on the development of risk transfer options for the sector, especially cyber and management liability.

Prior to joining Gallagher, Walker worked in a role that specialized in “growth and management of large commercial and technology segments in the West,” per the press release. He brings over 20 years of insurance industry experience to Gallagher, particularly in the management of large domestic and international technology clients.

“The blurring of lines between traditional industries and technology continues to accelerate and it’s critical that we help our clients keep pace by managing new and emerging risk along the way,” said Michael Gallagher, area president of the brokerage.

“Walker’s expertise uniquely positions him to lead our Tech practice as we develop data-driven risk solutions that allow companies to focus on growing their business.”

Vanatge Risk Announces New Chief Risk Officer

Peter Skerlj, chief risk officer, Vantage

Vantage Group Holdings Ltd. announced the appointment of Peter Skerlj as its chief risk officer.

Reporting to Greg Hendrick, CEO of Vantage, Skerlj’s role will focus on the continuation of the company’s enterprise risk management framework. Additionally, Skerlj will work to incorporate technology into Vantage’s risk assessment, modeling and analytics.

Prior to his appointment with Vantage, Skerlj served as the group chief risk officer for Hamilton Insurance, a company he joined in 2012. He has held various positions across several notable companies, including Lancashire Insurance Company and PartnerRe.

“Peter is a creative thinker who has a demonstrated track record of designing risk frameworks for start-up and fast-growing businesses,” said Hendrick.

“He has the rigor to ensure the sustainable, long-term resiliency of Vantage. With his technical expertise and track record in risk management, economic capital modeling and reserving we’re pleased to have Peter join us in this vital role.”

Tim Anders Named EVP at Ryan Specialty

Ryan Specialty announced the addition of Tim Anders to its underwriting managers’ National Specialty Programs (NSP). Anders will join as an executive vice president.

In his newly assumed role, Anders will be responsible for both supporting Ryan Specialty’s underwriting practice while also “launching new program opportunities and reinforcing operational activities,” according to a press release.

He brings over 30 years of underwriting and management experience to his role with Ryan Specialty.

“The breadth and depth of Tim’s experience in underwriting will further strengthen our talented underwriting team within National Specialty Programs,” said Bill Evans, co-president of NSP.

“His decades of experience and credibility in the market will enhance our ability to drive accretive and new product innovation to our valued retail clients while enhancing our underwriting and portfolio management strategies with our capital providers — his strengths are additive and complementary.”

McGriff Hires Two Additions to Construction Risk Practice

Danielle Ross, head of construction risk management, McGriff

McGriff announced the appointments of Danielle Ross and Dana Moriarity to its construction risk management practice.

Ross has been named head of construction — risk management for the national practice. In her new role, Ross will be responsible for the continued growth of McGriff’s construction — risk management practice.

Bringing over 17 years of construction underwriting and brokering experience to McGriff, she most “recently spent nine years with national brokers within their respective national practice groups,” according to a press release.

Moriarity joins McGriff as its casualty leader for the construction — risk management practice.

Her role will focus on “leading the casualty segment” of the practice, per a press release. She joins McGriff after working with several other brokers’ risk management practices.

The Hartford Taps Tracey Ant to Lead Business Units

The Hartford appointed Tracey Ant as head of middle & large commercial business units.

In this role, Ant will focus on the oversight of The Hartford’s middle & large commercial business units, which include construction, real estate, energy and technology, to name a few.

Tracey Ant, head of middle & large commercial business units, The Hartford

Ant brings over 25 years of relevant industry experience to this newly created role.

She previously served in a variety of roles, beginning her career working as a casualty underwriter at The Hartford and gaining experience working for Marsh McLennan.

“Tracey is a well-known and highly respected leader both internally and externally,” said A. Morris ‘Mo’ Tooker, head of middle & large commercial, global specialty and sales & distribution for The Hartford.

“Her steadfast commitment to growing talent and deeply caring about the experiences of agents and brokers is unparalleled. We’re confident that she will continue to advance our solutions for midsize and large businesses and drive our future growth strategy.” &

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