8 People on the Move

Verisk names new chief privacy officer, Miller hires two new account executives and more in this edition of People on the Move. 
By: | August 1, 2023

Verisk Names Samantha Vaughan as Chief Privacy Officer

Samantha Vaughan, chief privacy officer, Verisk

Verisk has appointed Samantha Vaughan as its new chief privacy officer. Vaughan will lead the development and implementation of policies to protect the data entrusted to Verisk and ensure the integrity of its data practices, regulation, and compliance.

Kathy Card Beckles, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Verisk, expressed excitement about Vaughan’s addition to the team: “Data privacy has always been core to Verisk and central to our work with the global insurance industry. Samantha’s deep privacy expertise and experience in insurance regulation, corporate compliance and ethics will help us navigate evolving risks.”

Vaughan, who previously served as the managing director and global head of privacy legal at Dell Technologies and as the chief privacy officer for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, brings a wealth of experience to her role. Her expertise in privacy, security, and other corporate responsibilities, such as information governance and corporate compliance, will be instrumental in navigating evolving risks.

Vaughan also currently serves as co-chair of the Advisory Board on Compliance Programs for Fordham Law School and co-chair of the Ethisphere Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) Compliance and Privacy Working Group.

Miller Expands U.S. Casualty Team with Key Appointments

Miller has announced the expansion of its U.S. casualty team with the addition of Galen Brislane and Danielle Thorsteinson as account executives.

Brislane, with over 30 years of experience in the London and Bermuda markets, will be based in Bermuda, while Thorstenison, with 17 years of wholesale and retail casualty experience, will join Miller’s London office. Both will report to Mark West, Head of U.S. Casualty.

Brislane’s expertise lies in serving large and complex casualty clients, covering insurance, reinsurance, and captive management. He joins Miller from Prices Forbes (Bermuda), where he was the executive vice president of U.S. Casualty, and previously held senior roles at Aon and JLT.

Thorsteinson, who previously worked as a director in Price Forbes’ London Construction team, has also served at Aon, RT Specialty, and Worldwide Facilities Inc.

Mark West expressed confidence in the new hires, citing their strong reputations and diverse experience across the Bermudian and London markets. He expects their contributions to play a vital role in the growth of Miller’s U.S. casualty book.

Goldberg Segalla Expands Workers’ Compensation Practice

Bingyang Zhang, workers’ compensation practice, Golberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla has welcomed Bingyang Zhang to its workers’ compensation practice group in Newark. Zhang joins from Wang, Gao and Associates in Metuchen.

His practice focuses on advising and defending insurance carriers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation claims.

Zhang brings experience from his time at a boutique firm where he handled a diverse civil litigation caseload encompassing commercial litigation, labor and employment law, contractual disputes, insurance/liability matters, and general litigation.

Zhang’s representation spans both prosecution and defense in New Jersey and New York, including federal courts.

Sabrina Bailey Named CEO of Fiducient Advisors, an NFP Company

Sabrina Bailey, CEO, Fiducient Advisors

Fiducient Advisors, an NFP company, has appointed Sabrina Bailey as its new CEO.

Bailey, formerly the global head of investment and wealth solutions at London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG), will succeed Bob DiMeo, the firm’s founder, who will take on the role of chairman.

According to a press release, Bailey’s extensive leadership experience and collaborative approach align well with the firm’s growth-oriented vision. She has expressed her aspiration to lead Fiducient Advisors to new heights, fostering prosperity for its clients and communities.

Bailey is actively involved in various charitable organizations.

Victor Appoints Ashleigh Cashman as President of ICAT

Ashleigh Cashman, president, ICAT

Global MGU Victor has named Ashleigh Cashman as the President of International Catastrophe Insurance Managers LLC (ICAT), the U.S. property catastrophe managing general agency.

In her new role, effective immediately, Cashman will oversee the growth, innovation, and talent development of ICAT and its subsidiary, Boulder Claims. Based in Broomfield, Colorado, she will report to Brian Hanuschak, CEO of Victor.

With extensive experience at ICAT, including serving as chief underwriting officer since 2018, Cashman’s customer-centric leadership and in-depth knowledge of the property catastrophe insurance market position her to drive further growth and innovation in this vital sector, according to a press release from the company.

Canopius Group Appoints Global Head of Reinsurance and CEO of Bermudian Entities

Canopius Group has announced the appointment of Charles Cooper as global head of reinsurance and CEO of its Bermudian entities.

Cooper, who joins from AXA XL, brings nearly two decades of experience in the Bermudian reinsurance sector and is well-regarded as one of the island’s most respected senior executives. In his previous role as chief executive for reinsurance at AXA XL, he was responsible for global reinsurance operations and played a key role in the acquisition of XL Group by AXA in 2018.

At Canopius, Cooper will be tasked with driving the global reinsurance business strategy and further developing the firm’s Bermuda platform, leveraging the recent Class 4 Reinsurer license granted by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

His appointment aligns with Canopius’ exciting growth plans and aims to capitalize on attractive market conditions in the reinsurance sector, per a press release.

Society Insurance Appoints Heather Boyer as President & CEO

Heather Boyer, president & CEO, Society Insurance

Society Insurance has named Heather I. Boyer as its new president & CEO, following the retirement of Rick Parks after 12 years of service as the company’s chief executive.

Boyer, who previously served as the company’s president, brings over 25 years of executive experience in property and casualty insurance carriers, with a focus on regional mutual insurance companies. She joined Society in 2014 and has held various leadership roles, including senior vice president & CFO, executive vice president, and president.

Boyer’s vision and commitment to relationships with employees, agents, and policyholders have been integral to the company’s success, according to a press release.

In her new role, Boyer aims to build on the momentum and profitability achieved in recent years. Her expertise will continue to serve the company’s focus on the restaurant and bar industry.

Board chair, Kim Sponem says she looks forward to Boyer’s leadership in driving targeted growth and fostering a welcoming working environment for employees.

Rick Parks, retiring with 43 years of service to the insurance industry, including 18 years at Society Insurance, will continue to serve as a board member, ensuring a smooth transition and continued support for the company’s growth and success. &

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