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CopperPoint appoints former Blue Shield of California CIO to the board, NTG Consultants names former chair of the Florida Republican Party as chairman of its advisory board, and The Hartford has a new head of global specialty distribution.
By: | January 25, 2022

CopperPoint Appoints New Member of the Board

CopperPoint Insurance Companies, a western-based regional commercial insurance company, appointed Michael Mathias to its board of directors.

With a career spanning over 25 years, Mathias has been recognized as a “proven leader in the insurance industry,” according to a press release.

Among his accolades, Mathias received the 2019 Bay Area CIO Leadership Association’s CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award in the large enterprise category and was named by CIO magazine to their CIO Hall of Fame.

Mathias is recently retired from Blue Shield of California, where he served as executive vice president and chief information officer. Before Blue Shield, Mathias held numerous technology leadership roles with Aetna.

Michael Mathias, member, board of directors, CopperPoint Insurance Companies

“We are proud to welcome Michael to the CopperPoint board of directors,” Ken Kirk, chair of the board, said. “He brings extensive insurance leadership experience and a deep knowledge of technology.”

“His participation will complement our board’s diverse skills and experiences, while supporting CopperPoint’s vison for the future. We are excited to start working with him.”

NTG Consultants Welcomes New Chairman of the Advisory Board

Insurance industry consultancy and government relations firm NTG Consultants, Inc (NTG) announced Al Cardenas as the new chairman of its advisory board.

Former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, “Al is widely known and highly respected in national and state political circles as a seasoned government relations professional and political strategist,” NTG’s chief executive officer, Norman Taplin said.

“Our clients will benefit greatly from his ability to help them strategically navigate and prevail in challenging political and governmental landscapes.”

Cardenas has served as an advisor to U.S. Presidents, as counsel in numerous precedent setting and published court decisions, and as a commentator on nationally syndicated network news shows.

He is also opinion contributor for national publications.

As chairman of its advisory board, Cardenas will be responsible for strengthening NTG’s presence and capabilities at the federal level, in addition to advising clients with state-level regulatory and legislative challenges, as highlighted in a press release.

Cardenas joins from NTG from Squire Patton Boggs.

The Hartford Names New Head of Global Specialty Distribution

The Hartford has promoted Richard Vaughn to head of global specialty distribution.

In his new role, Vaughn is expected to drive distribution strategy and sales performance across The Hartford’s global specialty products and channels. He will report to The Hartford’s head of global specialty, Adrien Robinson.

“We are experiencing tremendous growth across our portfolio in global specialty,” Robinson said.

“As we continue to grow, Richard’s experience advancing key partner relationships and distribution strategies domestically and internationally will be key to evolving and scaling our organization.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Richard to the team and continue to benefit from his positive impact,” Robinson added.

Over the 20 years he has been with The Hartford, “Vaughn has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility across underwriting, sales, management, and executive leadership spanning multiple business units and disciplines,” as noted in a press release.

Prior to his promotion to global specialty, he was vice president of distribution management for The Hartford’s enterprise sales and distribution function.

Aon Names Enterprise Financial Institutions Leader and Expands Transactions Litigation Team

Aon named Timothy Boodoo as enterprise client leader, financial institutions. Based in New York, Boodoo will report directly to Petra Schmidt, managing partner, head of financial institutions vertical for North America.

Bringing more than 20 years of financial industry experience to his new role, “Boodoo is charged with building client relationships and strengthening Aon’s financial institutions practice,” according to a press release.

Prior to joining Aon, he was Barclay’s PLC, where he held roles across senior relationship management and international corporate banking.

“We are delighted that Tim – who has dedicated his professional career to this industry – has joined the Aon financial institutions and enterprise clients groups,” Schmidt said.

“His unique perspective, paired with the impressive caliber of his work, will help us deepen existing client relationships and build new opportunities to help organizations navigate emerging risks.”

The transaction solutions practice at Aon has welcomed a new member to its litigation risk solutions group with the addition of David Hodges as a vice president, based in New York.

David Hodges, vice president, litigation risk solutions, Aon

Hodges joins Aon from Lanker, Siffert and Wohl LLP, where his practice focused on “government investigations, white collar criminal cases, regulatory enforcement, and complex business litigation,” according to a press release.

Hodges also previously served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“We are delighted to welcome David to the firm and expand our highly experienced team supporting our clients and their advisors,” Stephen Davidson, managing director and litigation risk solutions practice leader at Aon commented.

“We are excited about the future of this industry as we help deliver strong outcomes on behalf of our clients.”

Breckenridge Insurance Promotes Underwriter of Specialty Property Program Team

Breckenridge Insurance promoted Jamey Schoenhard to vice president, underwriter of the specialty property program team.

Schoenhard brings 12 years of underwriting experience to his new role including extensive familiarity with business inclusive of wind, flood and earthquakes.

Schoenhard’s new role is centered on “facilitating competitive coverage solutions for diverse property risks including vacant, residential real estate investor portfolios and commercial properties nationally by way of access to top-rated carrier partners,” according to a press release.

Jamey Schoenhard, vice president, underwriter, specialty property, Breckenridge Insurance

“Jamey has an unwavering commitment to our clients and their insureds,” Michael Marks, senior vice president and Breckenridge Insurance specialty property program director said.

“He is a diligent underwriter with a keen sense of current property risk management practices which he willingly shares to help his partners earn business.”

McGriff Energy Team Hires New SVP and Producer

McGriff welcomed Kevin Lundin to its energy practice as a senior vice president and producer.

Based in Minneapolis, Lundin brings an extensive insurance background and expertise in the complex energy business, as noted in a press release.

With more than 30 years of regional and national brokerage experience, Lundin joins McGriff from a large global broker where he led teams in the development of risk management services and alternative risk solutions for clients in the power and utility and construction industries.

Kevin Lundin, senior vice president and producer, energy practice, McGriff

“We are excited to continue to expand our energy team in the Midwest,” McGriff energy practice leader Patrick Maguire said.

“Kevin’s industry experience, deep understanding of the evolving risk landscape, and far-reaching industry relationships will prove beneficial to our growing client base.”

Goldberg Segalla Welcomes New Member to Workers’ Comp Group

National civil litigation firm Goldberg Segalla added Drew J. Wares to the firm’s workers’ compensation group serving employers, insurers, and third-party administrators throughout the state of New Jersey.

In his new role, Wares will handle “every stage of the litigation process from inception through resolution, including conducting depositions, settlement negotiations, mediations, and preparation of petitions and motions,” as noted in a press release.

A graduate of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Wares also has legal experience in guardianship and estate planning matters. &

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

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