7 People on the Move

Aon promotes a new chief people officer, a run-off industry veteran launches a reinsurance business and more in this edition of People on the Move.
By: | October 28, 2019

Lisa Stevens Named Chief People Officer, Aon

Aon, a professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, announced Lisa Stevens’ appointment to chief people officer. Stevens joined the company in December 2018.

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She has been a leader in the firm’s establishment of its Delivering Aon United program, a cornerstone of its growth strategy.

“As we continue our Aon United journey, we have gained greater clarity about our specific needs for recruiting, retaining and engaging colleagues,” said Greg Case, Aon’s chief executive officer.

“Lisa’s leadership attributes and experience make her uniquely positioned to shape the firm’s culture, talent, and diversity and inclusion strategies in this new role as chief people officer. She will build on her recent successes, combining her passion for people leadership with her proven ability to deliver business results.”

Stevens is a 29-year leading veteran of the industry.

Lisa Stevens, chief people officer, Aon

“What drew me to the firm initially is what continues to motivate me today,” said Stevens.

“The opportunities that exist for both colleagues and clients through our Aon United growth strategy are unparalleled. I have spent the past year listening and learning from Aon colleagues about what is important to them as we strive to bring the best of our firm to our clients. I’ve spent time with clients who have raved about our unmatched ability to help them solve some of their toughest problems and maximize their performance, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring it all together in this role.”

Groenheid Appointed to Senior Vice President, Specialty, GuideOne

Mark Groenheide, senior vice president, specialty, GuideOne Insurance

GuideOne Insurance, commercial property and liability, business owner’s policies, workers’ compensation, and commercial auto insurer appointed Mark Groenheide to the position of senior vice president, specialty. The appointment went into effect on October 21.

Groenheide will be responsible for growing and managing the business by focusing on niche specialty markets and targeted distribution with opportunities for sustained profit and growth. He joins GuideOne from HDI Global Insurance Company.

At HDI, he served as vice president, engineering lines, North American underwriting. He also held senior leadership positions at Generali and Zurich North America.

“Mark’s role adds to our continuing strategy of expanding our niche offerings, while still allowing for our continued commitment to the church niche and other core products,” said GuideOne president and chief executive officer, Jessica Snyder.

“His strong underwriting experience, industry knowledge and broad leadership experience not only make him uniquely qualified to lead and grow our excess and surplus lines of business, but are important to ensuring our future growth and that we are known as the carrier of choice.”

“I’m excited to join the GuideOne team to help continue to build the foundation for the next phase of growth,” said Groenheide.

“I began my career at a mutual insurance carrier and I have a profound respect for what they do. Mutuals make decisions that benefit policyholders and employees, which ultimately support the communities where they live and work.”

Reinsurance Industry Veteran to Launch The Carrick Group

Karl Wall has announced his plans to launch The Carrick Group (“Carrick”), an international non-life legacy business providing reinsurance and run-off management solutions. The Carrick Group will be based in the US, UK and Bermuda.

Wall will act as chief executive officer and an experienced senior management team, whose members collectively have completed more than 50 run-off transactions with liabilities in excess of $10 billion.

Capital support for Carrick will be provided by Sequentis Financial LLC (“Sequentis”), a financial services holding company.

“Our talented team, with the support of Sequentis, is well positioned to capitalize on current market opportunities in North America, the UK and Europe,” Wall said.

“Carrick will use its proven industry expertise to acquire long tailed, non-life, run-off loss portfolios through reinsurance transactions and insurance company acquisitions, as well as providing legacy consultancy and management services.”

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Wall is a successful run-off industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the sector.

He served for eight years as the President and CEO of Enstar (U.S.) Inc.

“Karl and his team have a stellar reputation and a proven track record in the non-life legacy space,” said Stuart Zimmer, chairman of Sequentis. “We look forward to supporting Carrick’s growth into a leading player in the run-off marketplace.”

“The combination of a strong capital base and seasoned leadership team make Sequentis an ideal partner for The Carrick Group. We look forward to their support as we grow the Carrick legacy platform,” said Wall.

Nationwide Names Its Newest Chief Marketing Officer

Ramon Jones, chief marketing officer, Nationwide

A 19-year veteran of Nationwide Insurance Company will serve as its next chief marketing officer. Ramon Jones will assume responsibility for the role, succeeding Terrence Williams.

Jones will be responsible for brand and marketing strategy, advertising, creative services, and corporate communications.

Jones has held numerous leadership roles within Nationwide, including marketing leader of their property casualty business.

“Ramon is well-prepared to assume the role of chief marketing officer,” said chief executive officer Kirt Walker.

“During his nearly two decades at Nationwide, he has held numerous leadership roles in the business and in marketing that make him uniquely qualified to promote and protect the Nationwide brand and position him to drive further business success.”

Most recently, Jones served as financial services marketing leader, but has held many other key roles within the company. He will report directly to Walker.

Casualty Actuarial Society Names Victor Carter-Bey Chief Executive Officer

The Casualty Actuarial Society, an international organization for credentialing and professional education, confirmed that its search committee, led by CAS president Jim Christie, appointed Victor R. Carter-Bey as the new chief executive officer.

“After an extensive search, we are pleased to have identified the right person to bring CAS into its next era of growth and success,” said Christie. “Victor’s impressive background aligns closely with our own goals to create highly competitive and valuable credentials that remain the gold standard for property and casualty actuaries worldwide. We look forward to working with Victor to continue delivering exceptional programs, credentials and resources to our members and their employers.”

Carter-Bey has extensive experience in senior leadership. Most recently, he served as director of certification at the Project Management Institute (PMI), where he oversaw the development and implementation of product growth and workforce development strategies to enhance member value and engagement for over 1 million global professionals.

Prior to PMI, he served as a director at Prometric, Inc.

“I am humbed by this appointment and incredibly excited to begin my journey alongside the CAS Board of Directors, volunteers and staff,” said Carter-Bey.

“As workforce development is a critical element of global business, I am looking forward to the collective contributions we at CAS will make to influence the professional development and career trajectories of our current and future members around the world.”

Ringler Announces Two Promotions

Ringler, a settlement planning company, has announced that Joseph Loseman has been promoted to chief operating officer and Nicol Vargas has been promoted to vice president of finance.

Loseman, who acted formerly as the company’s chief financial officer, will now lead Ringler as its chief operating officer. He is entering his 20th year with the company and has witnessed extended growth.

“The resilience and dedication of the Ringler family is always an inspiration to me, and it’s the reason Ringler continues to be the industry leader,” said Loseman.

“I’m so very proud to be able to serve them as we continue to grow and evolve.”

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“Joe has been an invaluable partner not only to me, but more importantly, to our Associates in every aspect of our operations,” said company president and chief executive officer Geoff Hunt.

Assisting with Ringler’s growth, Nicol Vargas will now serve as vice president of finance. She was integral in modernizing Ringler’s accounting and in building a strong finance team. In her new role, she looks forward to bringing the company’s accounting system to the next level.

“I enjoy working with the Management Team at Ringler and I look forward to executing on our strategic vision for the growth of Ringler,” said Vargas.

“Nicol has added tremendously to the effectiveness of our financial reporting and efficiencies. She brings with her an esprit de corps that is unparalleled in our company,” said Hunt. &

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

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