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Allianz names global head of natural resources, ICW Group promotes president, Ontellus hires chief operating officer, and more.
By: | June 29, 2023

Allianz Appoints Anthony Vassallo as Global Head of Natural Resources

Anthony Vassallo, global head of natural resources, Allianz Global Corporate Solutions

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE has appointed Anthony Vassallo as its global head of natural resources. In this role, Vassallo will lead the development of AGCS’s natural resources proposition, supporting the climate transition across all energy industry segments.

Vassallo has been with Allianz since 2003, serving in various roles in specialty lines across the London market, Asia and South America. He currently holds the position of global energy product leader and regional head of energy & construction, regional unit London.

“With his extensive knowledge and expertise across Allianz, I am delighted to announce we are promoting Anthony,” said Gordon Browne, global head of specialty. “He has proven himself as a strong leader with the ability to manage and shape a global underwriting portfolio.”

In his new role, Vassallo will focus on expanding the company’s footprint in the renewable energy and green technology sector, as well as in the emerging global hydrogen economy.

ICW Group Insurance Companies Promotes John Novak to President

John Novak, president, ICW Group Insurance Companies

ICW Group Insurance Companies has promoted John Novak to president. Novak, who retains his role as chief operating officer, will now lead the company’s growth strategy, service expansion and digital transformation.

“John has been instrumental in propelling our business to new heights,” said Kevin Prior, the company’s CEO. “I’m excited about ICW Group’s future under John’s leadership.”

Novak, who has over 30 years of insurance experience, has been with ICW Group since 2017. During his tenure, the company has seen significant financial growth and business expansion.

Reflecting on his journey, Novak said, “Our achievements are a testament to our dedicated team and our strong partnership with our agent/broker community. I eagerly anticipate delivering even more capabilities and exceptional experiences for our customers.”

Ontellus Hires Manish Nariwal as Chief Operating Officer

Manish Nariwal, chief operating officer, Ontellus

Ontellus has appointed Manish Nariwal as its chief operating officer. Nariwal will oversee daily operations, focusing on growth, client services and product innovation.

Vince Cole, CEO of Ontellus, praised Nariwal’s expertise: “Manish possesses deep expertise in the technologies that underpin our business and a track record of successfully running high-performing operations.”

Nariwal brings nearly three decades of experience to Ontellus. He previously served as senior vice president of product technology at First Advantage, where he led significant business outcomes, including cost savings and top-line revenue growth.

Before First Advantage, Nariwal held several executive-level roles at Tata Consultancy Services, leading operations, data analytics and IT teams across multiple geographies.

Nariwal expressed his enthusiasm for his new role, stating, “I look forward to working closely with the management team as we further our mission of enabling clients to make informed decisions efficiently and increase productivity across their organizations.”

Alliant Insurance Services Welcomes Four Industry Leaders to Real Estate & Hospitality Vertical

Robert Engles, first vice president, Alliant Insurance Services

Alliant Insurance Services has welcomed four industry veterans to its real estate and hospitality vertical: Eric Harper as executive vice president and managing director; Bill Havard and Steve Sclimenti as senior vice presidents; and Robert Engles as first vice president. These senior hires will lead business development, strategy and execution of insurance coverages for clients within the vertical.

Michael Cusack, executive vice president, Alliant Specialty, said that “each of these hires is a proven leader in the real estate space and brings a specialized expertise that will add value for Alliant commercial real estate clients across the country.”

Harper brings over 28 years of experience managing, designing, negotiating and placing complex domestic and international property and casualty programs for a wide range of clients. He oversees 180,000 apartment units and 150 million square feet, and has created an exclusive builder’s risk facility with $50 billion in projects placed in the last eight years.

Havard, with over 25 years in the insurance brokerage industry, specializes in negotiating, structuring and placing environmental insurance coverages. He has placed more than 4,000 environmental insurance policies covering over 40,000 locations.

Sclimenti has over 16 years of commercial insurance experience, specializing in large complex real estate, construction, manufacturing, distribution and technology risks. He focuses on building customized programs tailored to clients’ specific needs.

Engles, with over 22 years in the insurance brokerage industry, has placed coverage in over 20 countries. He specializes in working with net lease REITs, complex property, manufacturing and distribution, aviation, and construction risks. &

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