7 People on the Move

CAC Specialty announced several new hires, Monarch E&S names new underwriter and Allegiant Global Partners appoints addition to SOLVER team in this edition of People on the Move. 
By: | May 26, 2021

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Appoints Two Hires 

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced additions to its North America Executive Management Team (EMT).

Michael Pignataro, regional head of energy & construction, North America, AGCS

Carol Laufer, regional head of liability, North America, AGCS

Carol Laufer has been named regional head of liability, North America. She joins AGCS from Zurich North America where she served as the U.S. National Accounts/Commercial Insurance, head of excess casualty.

Ciara Brady, global head of liability, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Carol on board and anticipate she will be a strong and proven Regional Head, who will continue moving the Liability business forward in North America.”

Additionally, Michael Pignataro was appointed as the regional head of energy & construction, North America. Pignataro originally joined AGCS in 2018 and has served as an underwriting manager over the last year.

“I feel very confident in this transition to Mike, who I know to be a results-focused, team-oriented individual, with a well-rounded background in all disciplines under our Energy & Construction umbrella,” said Chris van Gend, global head of energy & construction.

“As an underwriter, he’s been a leading producer, and is strong in business development and market analysis.”

Serena McGovern, assistant director, client safety and security, Allegiant Global Partners

Allegiant Global Partners Names Addition to SOLVER Team 

Allegiant Global Partners announced the addition of Serena McGovern to the SOLVER team.

McGovern’s official title is assistant director of client safety and security. In this role, she will be responsible for aiding clients in both developing and enforcing global safety, security and hazard management programs.

Prior to joining Allegiant, McGovern served as the senior manager of global operations, safety and security, for the Clinton Health Access Initiative where she oversaw several safety and risk management plans for over 2,000 global employees.

CAC Specialty Announce Several New Appointments

CAC Specialty announced several new hires: Andrea Ash has been named executive vice president, head of operations at CAC Natural Resources, Geraldine Kerrigan was hired as executive vice president, head of service for power & renewables and Michael Newman has been named executive vice president for power and renewables within the natural resources division.

Ash brings over 14 years of operations, strategy and process improvement experience to CAC Specialty. Prior to her appointment, she served as the chief operating officer of Beecher Carlson’s global energy practice.

Kerrigan has over 20 years’ experience working within power, renewable energy and utilities. She most recently served as the executive managing director of Beecher Carlson’s global energy practice. She was named a Risk & Insurance Power Broker® in 2018.

Newman joins CAC Specialty with 25 years of industry experience. Prior to his hiring, he also worked for Beecher Carlson’s global energy practice as the managing director.

Monarch E&S Names Commercial Underwriter/Broker

Danielle Newsome, commercial underwriter/broker, Monarch E&S Insurance Services

Monarch E&S Insurance Services, a division of Specialty Program Group/SPG Insurance Solutions, announced the hiring of Danielle Newsome as a commercial underwriter and broker in the construction sector.

In this role, Newsome will be working closely with brokerage carriers to develop strong industry relationships. She brings 15 years of surplus lines experience to Monarch E&S.

Monarch E&S CEO Derek Borisoff said, “Partnering with Danielle Newsome is exciting for Monarch E&S and will help support our growth strategy. She is a great addition to the commercial lines team and will bring a level of expertise and professionalism that fits perfectly with our motto of providing Royal Treatment to our customers.” &

Emma Brenner is a staff writer with Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected]

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