7 People on the Move

Everest adds a cyber and a marketing executive; Willis Towers Watson announces three appointments in its West region; and other key announcements.
By: | March 7, 2019

Winter Appointed to Interstate Restoration Management Role

Interstate Restoration announced the promotion of Yvette Winter to general manager of the company’s northwest region.

Yvette Winter, general manager, Northwest Region, Interstate Restoration

Interstate Restoration is a national, emergency-restoration general contractor based in Fort Worth, Texas that specializes in repairing commercial property.

Winter joined the Seattle office of Interstate Restoration in June 2017 as a national accounts manager and document restoration specialist, bringing with her knowledge and skills honed over more than two decades in the industry. As a general manager, she will oversee emergency response operations, sales and growth opportunities in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana; and she will be responsible for more than 200 projects and dozens of employees.

“Yvette prides herself on her people skills and strives to deliver business continuity for her clients,” said Stacy Mazur, CEO of Interstate Restoration. “Her technical expertise is second to none; she recently became a certified hazard identification and risk assessment building inspector.”

Winter is an active member of BOMA (Building Owners and Management Association), WAMOA (Washington Association of Maintenance and Operations Administration), ARMA International (formerly known as the Association of Record Managers) and PLRB (Property & Liability Resource Bureau).

Winter has been recognized for her community volunteer efforts and won a number of national and local marketing awards from the Society for Marketing Professionals. Perhaps most notably, she received the Seattle Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement as a result of her work on behalf of the disabled community. She was also awarded the Seattle King County BOMA HERO Award for her volunteerism.

Nicholas Insua Returns to Anderson Kill

Nicholas M. Insua, a veteran litigator who focuses his practice on insurance recovery litigation and counseling, has rejoined Anderson Kill as a shareholder in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office.

“We know Nick as a superb litigator, familiar with every nuance of insurance coverage law,” said Robert M. Horkovish, Anderson Kill’s managing shareholder. “We are delighted to welcome him back into the firm.”

Insua represents policyholder clients in catastrophic first-party property damage and business interruption claims, environmental and asbestos claims, and D&O and E&O claims. He has also represented numerous clients on insurance and commercial litigation matters in both state and federal appellate courts.

“With his deep experience in environmental, property damage and professional liability insurance coverage litigation, Nick is a great fit with our New Jersey practice,” added Steven J. Pudell, managing shareholder of Anderson Kill’s Newark office.

Kate Boland and Ayesha West Join Everest

Everest Insurance announced that Kathleen Boland joined their Marketing & Distribution team as Director, Marketing & Distribution, focusing on the Mid-Atlantic region. Boland will be based out of the Everest Insurance Philadelphia office and report to Matt Murray, East Region Leader, Marketing & Distribution.

Murray commented, “We are excited to have Kate join us to strengthen our broker and client relationships in the broader Philadelphia area and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We look forward to bringing the full depth and capabilities of Everest to this important geography, especially with our new Philadelphia office opening this year. Kate is a talented and experienced insurance professional who is a valuable addition to the Everest team.”

Boland has more than fifteen years’ industry experience and most recently held the role of Business Development Leader at Zurich North America. She previously held leadership positions at AIG and Chartis. Boland holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marist College.

Ayesha West, vice president, cyber, Everest

Also adding her talents to the company is Ayesha West as a vice president in the company’s cyber insurance group. She will be responsible for managing the development of the national cyber insurance underwriting team, and will be based in New York reporting to Kevin Sherry, Head of Cyber.

Commenting on the addition, Sherry said, “We are pleased to have Ayesha join our team and excited to have her cultivate and continue to expand Everest’s footprint in this space. I’m confident that with her experience, industry knowledge, and proven leadership skills, she will be a valuable asset to our team, our clients, and our brokers.”

West most recently worked at The Navigators Group as AVP, U.S. Retail, Cyber and Technology lead. Prior to Navigators, she held positions in the cyber insurance field at both AXIS and Chubb. She holds a JD from the Fordham University School of Law and a B.B.A. from the American University in Dubai.

An active and engaged member of numerous professional associations, West serves on the Advisory Board of the John Street Insurance Association, and is a board member of the Eastern Chapter of PLUS in addition to the Women in Cyber Leadership organization. West is also a co-founder, and board member, of the Water Street Club – an insurance-focused diversity association based in New York City.

Willis Towers Watson Appoints Three New Executives

Willis Towers Watson announced three key appointments across its Corporate Risk and Broking segment for its West region in North America.

Linde Hotchkiss will lead regional large account strategy for the West where she will oversee its global client advocate community that drives excellence, consistency and collaboration between global clients throughout North America with a focus on delivering value. Hotchkiss is based in San Diego, CA.

Additionally, the company announced the appointment of Nicole Johnson as Corporate Risk and Broking leader for Phoenix, AZ. Johnson previously served as vice president at Lovitt and Touché where she was responsible for client development and growth strategy.

Nicole Johnson
Corporate Risk & Broking Leader, Phoenix
Willis Towers Watson

As part of its ongoing investment in technology initiatives, the company also announced the creation of a new Tech Center of Excellence for the West Region, which will be led by George Haitsch. As a global client advocate, Haitsch has been instrumental in building connections across the tech community.

“These appointments demonstrate the significant investment and growth we are making across the Western U.S.,” said Alex Littlejohn, Corporate Risk and Broking, U.S. West region lead. “Our innovation in technology, as well as our commitment to driving value and excellence for clients, is key to our success in this region. We are delighted to announce these appointments and look forward to investing further across the West region.”

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