6 People on the Move

PIANJ elects a new board member, Insurtech business Betterview brings on a director of sales, Greenberg Traurig grows its insurance and regulatory transactions practice and more in this edition of People on the Move.
By: | July 9, 2019

Julie Mix McPeak Joins Greenberg Traurig

Julie Mix McPeak, former Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner, is joining global law firm Greenberg Traurig in the firm’s insurance and regulatory transactions practice.

McPeak is the first woman to serve as chief insurance regulator in more than one state. In 2018, McPeak served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

Julie Mix McPeak, chief insurance regulator, Greenberg Traurig

Before leading the Tennessee Department of Commerce, McPeak worked in private practice as counsel to the insurance practice group of law firm Burr & Forman LLP. She also served as the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI).

Before her appointment as executive director, McPeak spent nine years as an attorney for KOI, including the final five years as general counsel. She also served as general counsel to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.

Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory & Transactions group brings together lawyers from its national and international offices with experience in a broad variety of complementary disciplines to support clients from all segments of the insurance industry.

“Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions group is proud to welcome an attorney of Julie’s caliber and reputation to the firm and our practice,” said Fred Karlinsky and Thomas Bond, co-chairs of Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice, in a joint statement.

“Julie has had a stellar career in both the public sector and private practice. Her track record of success, as well as her leadership roles in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, will provide a great benefit for the firm and for our clients.”

Greenberg Traurig, founded in 1967, has more than 2,000 attorneys in offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Most recently, the firm opened its 30th U.S. office in Minneapolis, Minn., and its 40th worldwide in Milan, Italy. Nashville is its 41st office.

Peter Hedberg and Amanda Stantzos Join Corvus Insurance 

AI-driven Insurtech company Corvus Insurance announced the hiring of Peter Hedberg and Amanda Stantzos as vice presidents of cyber underwriting. The company also announces the launch of its sixth office location in Chicago, to be led by Stantzos.

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“When it comes to complex risk environments like cyber, we know how much it means to brokers to work with underwriters with strong category experience; Peter Hedberg and Amanda Stantzos are trusted names in cyber insurance,” said Phil Edmundson, CEO and founder of Corvus Insurance.

Prior to joining Corvus, Hedberg was vice president, East Coast technology and privacy underwriting manager at NAS Insurance Services. For more than six years, Hedberg has been underwriting cyber and technology E&O at both NAS and Hiscox.

Prior to his underwriting roles, Hedberg worked at Hays Companies for 10 years, serving in a variety of roles at the brokerage. He will lead cyber underwriting at Corvus’s New York City location, working with brokers across the northeastern U.S.

Stantzos also joins Corvus from NAS Insurance Services, where she served as assistant vice president of underwriting, specializing in cyber liability and technology E&O. In her new role, Stantzos will lead the establishment of a new Corvus office location in Chicago, working with brokers across the midwestern U.S.

Corvus Insurance was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston. The company’s investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Hudson Structured Capital Management and .406 Ventures.

Betterview Appoints Adam Nunes as Director of Sales

Adam Nunes is joining Betterview as the company’s new director of sales.

Nunes brings more than 10 years of insurance and technology experience to the company, previously specializing in small commercial insurance at State Farm, as well as working in his family’s commercial brokerage firm.

Adam Nunes, director of sales, Betterview

In addition, Nunes has consulted with companies on implementing new data sources into business operations and has worked at various Insurtech startups.

“I have always been fascinated with the insurance industry, especially with the human aspect. I find it rewarding being part of an industry that helps to protect people from things they didn’t expect to happen,” Nunes said.

Betterview provides property insight and workflow tools for insurance companies to improve the customer experience by accelerating decisions and improving risk at every point of the life cycle. Betterview’s roof risk score is used by commercial and personal lines underwriters to assess the condition of roofs on new business and renewals.

The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey Elects Lydia Bashwiner to the Board of Directors

The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey (PIANJ) recently swore in Lydia Bashwiner at the organization’s annual business meeting in Atlantic City on June 9.

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Bashwiner will serve a three-year term, filling the role of vice chair of the government affairs committee and the legislative legal review subcommittee.

A graduate of Seton Hall Law School, Bashwiner is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court.

A New Jersey-licensed insurance producer for property and casualty, Bashwiner is also a certified workers’ compensation professional. In 2012, Bashwiner was named a finalist for the NJBiz General Counsel of the Year Awards.

“We are extremely proud of Lydia for earning this distinction,” said Joe Parisi, Jr., chairman and CEO of Otterstedt Insurance. “She embodies the spirit of our commitment to the insurance industry in New Jersey and beyond for the last century and the future, and in every way is ‘Leading with Experience.’ ”

PIANJ is a voluntary, membership-based trade association representing professional, independent property/casualty insurance agents.

Jennifer Leuer Joins CyberScout as Chief Executive Officer

CyberScout, an identity theft resolution, data defense and employee benefits services company, announced the appointment of Jennifer Leuer as chief executive officer, effective June 24, 2019.

Jennifer Leuer, CEO, CyberScout

Prior to joining CyberScout, Leuer served as president of partner solutions at Experian, where she transformed the partners solutions business into a fast-growing operating unit.

“With her deep knowledge of our core offerings, Leuer is uniquely equipped to enhance CyberScout’s position in the marketplace,” said CyberScout vice chairman Bill Tait.

Since 2003, CyberScout has provided full-spectrum identity, privacy and data security services, offering proactive protection, education and data theft resolution, as well as breach preparedness and response. Serving approximately 17.5 million households worldwide and the designated identity theft services provider for more than 770,000 businesses, CyberScout is offered globally.

“Leuer is a strong leader with a stellar record of success,” said Adam Levin, CyberScout chairman and founder.

“Her experience, vision, passion and sense of urgency make her the perfect choice to lead the CyberScout organization, as we grow our global footprint exponentially.” &

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Maura Keller is a writer, editor and published book author with more than 20 years of experience. She has written about business, design, marketing, health care, and a wealth of other topics for dozens of regional and national publications. She can be reached at [email protected]

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