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Verisk names president of specialty business, Marsh appoints U.S. chemical practice leader, and Markel International expands renewable energy team.
By: | July 12, 2022

Verisk Names New President of Specialty Business Solutions

Tim Rayner, president, Specialty Business Solutions group, Verisk

Verisk has named Tim Rayner president of the company’s Specialty Business Solutions group (formerly known as Sequel).

An insurance industry veteran of more than 20 years, Rayner joined Verisk in February 2018, after having held several leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Miller Insurance Services.

“Those of us who work closely with Tim have been impressed by his customer focus, leadership acumen and his vision for the future of insurance,” Verisk’s president and COO, Mark Anquillare said. “Verisk Specialty Business Solutions occupies a coveted position in the marketplace, and Tim is the right leader to accelerate the business’ momentum,”

Rayner most recently served as chief experience officer for Verisk Specialty Business Solutions. He played an active role in the acquisition and integration of the Whitespace and Ignite businesses, according to a press release.

Marsh Appoints U.S. Chemical Practice Leader

Steve Horstkamp, U.S. chemical practice leader, Marsh

Marsh has appointed Stephen Horstkamp as U.S. chemical practice leader. Based in Boston, Horstkamp is now responsible for leading more than 100 specialists in delivering risk solutions to chemical companies across the U.S., per a press release.

Horstkamp brings 25 years of experience working in the chemical sector to the role, having served as a process safety and operations engineer for a large chemical manufacturer and a chemical insurance underwriter before joining Marsh’s chemical practice in 2019 as a vice president.

“The US chemical industry is undergoing unprecedented change in response to an evolving risk landscape, which in turn is creating a host of new challenges and opportunities for chemical companies,” Marsh’s U.S. manufacturing and automotive practice leader, David Carlson said.

“Steve’s extensive industry knowledge and experience make him the ideal person to lead this team forward as we develop the solutions our clients need to navigate this new world of risk and build resilience.”

Xceedance Hires New Experts to Support the European Insurance Market

Isabelle Clausner, vice president, client executive for southern Europe, Xceedance

Xceedance has appointed Isabelle Clausner and Tracy Harrington Cloud to develop and manage the company’s interactions with insurers in the European region.

Isabelle Clausner joins Xceedance as vice president, client executive for southern Europe and is based in Paris. Most recently, she served as head of client and broker engagement for AIG Europe. Prior to that role, she held leadership positions at Generali Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C), Zurich Insurance, and Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Tracy Harrington Cloud joins Xceedance as vice president, business development, based out of London. She brings more than 30 years of industry experience, including head of international distribution at AXIS Europe SE where she was responsible for both strategy and business development in the international brokers’ market.

Harrington Cloud was previously with Marsh, where she co-founded the U.K. insurer consulting group.

“I am delighted to welcome Isabelle and Tracy — both highly knowledgeable insurance professionals — to the Xceedance team in Europe,” said Justin Davies, Xceedance senior vice president and EMEA region head.

“I am confident the deep insurance domain expertise and relationship-building skills of Isabelle and Tracy will help in our core mission to serve the diverse operational requirements of European insurers.”

Markel International Expands Renewable Energy Team with Two Key Offshore Wind Appointments

Cliff Blayney, senior underwriter, renewable energy, Markel International

Markel International, a subsidiary of Markel Corporation, has appointed Matthew Rowland and Clifford Blayney as senior underwriters to their renewable energy team, where they will specialize in offshore wind. Both Blayney and Rowland will be based at Markel’s London office.

Rowland brings 15 years of offshore wind experience, including underwriting, broking, and recently as a lead risk and insurance specialist at a large offshore wind developer.

Blayney brings over 10 years of upstream energy experience to his new role. He started at Markel International eight years ago, where his most recent position was senior underwriter for upstream and midstream energy.

“Our global renewable energy team has achieved significant growth over the past two years, but these latest appointments, which combine specific offshore wind experience with traditional oil and gas experience, are a fantastic win for us,” said Tom Baker, head of renewable energy for Markel International.

“With Matt and Cliff’s diverse experience and expertise, we have everything we need to continue growing our footprint and to become a leading insurer in the global offshore wind market,” he added.

Risk Strategies Names Chief Human Resources Officer

Risk Strategies brought in Amanda Mullan to join the organization as chief human resources officer. Mullan will oversee the company’s human resource function including talent acquisition and development, human resource benefits and operations, employee relations and overall total employee engagement across the company.

Mullan has more than 20 years of experience leading and transforming human capital initiatives, according to a press release. Most recently she was senior vice president and chief human resources officer at New Jersey Resources (NJR).

Prior to NJR, Mullan served as director and senior vice president of human resources in North America for Willis Group Holdings. She has also held senior HR leadership roles at Dun & Bradstreet, Realogy Title Group and Prudential.

“I’m very excited to welcome Amanda to the Risk Strategies family,” Risk Strategies’ CEO John Mina said.

“Our people are our greatest asset. Amanda and the HR team will be instrumental in ensuring that our people-centric culture continues to be a core differentiation for the company and the associate workplace experience is the best in the industry.” &

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

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