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PIA National Names Ryan Kelly 2020 Young Insurance Professional of the Year
Ryan Kelly, CLCS, a producer with Merit Insurance, A Gallagher Company, of Shelton, Connecticut has been named the 2020 PIA National Young Insurance Professional (YIP) of the Year.
The Young Insurance Professional of the Year award, presented by PIA National (The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents), recognizes outstanding achievement by a young insurance professional.
PIA National was founded in 1931 and is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees. The YIP award has been sponsored by The Rough Notes Company for the last 15 years.
Kelly is vice president of the Connecticut Young Insurance Professionals (CTYIP) and was named the 2019 CTYIP Agent of the Year and the 2018 CTYIP Director of the Year.
“As a past recipient of the PIA National Agent of the Year award, I understand the commitment and dedication one must give to his clients, insurance carriers, fellow agents and Association to be considered for such a distinguished award,” said past president of PIA National, Tim Russell. “Ryan shows that commitment and dedication on a daily basis.”
Kelly is a personal and commercial lines producer with a focus on life science and tech products, such as medical devices and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
He is known for his expertise in the life science and tech products sectors and as a knowledgeable, trusted advisor to independent brokers and agents – delivering innovative solutions to meet their clients’ needs.
“Joining the association has helped me develop as an insurance professional,” said Kelly.
“As a producer, it is a great opportunity to build relationships with your underwriters, surplus-lines brokers and vendors who you rely on to write business. In addition to that, I have found it beneficial to network with other insurance producers.”
MIB Group Expands Its Executive Team
MIB Group, Inc., a risk assessment firm that applies fraud protection, mortality and technical expertise to help its members recognize risk exposure, has added two new hires to their executive team. They have also promoted a company verteran.
Andrea Caruso joins as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She will be responsible for leading MIB Group’s product management, sales, marketing, communications, and client relations functions and will report to Brian Winikoff, MIB’s president and CEO.
“Andrea is a dynamic and accomplished leader with broad experience in the life insurance industry and related markets,” said Winikoff. “Andrea’s extensive background in underwriting, new business and distribution, along with her strong relationships across the industry, make her a wonderful fit to lead our team focused on enhancing our offering and deepening our relationships with our clients.”
Trey Reynolds joins as executive vice president, Strategy and New Business Development. In this newly created role, Reynolds will be responsible for leading MIB Group’s strategy and new business development teams, executing MIB’s growth plan focused on innovation, partnership and bringing to market new value-added products and services.
Reynolds will also report to Winikoff, who commented: “Trey brings broad industry experience, a passion for innovation and a track record of successfully creating solutions that address significant pain points in the market … Trey’s deep industry relationships and his collaborative, partnership-style will facilitate strategic relationships to support the identification, development, and adoption of innovative solutions to address the industry’s needs.”
Brian Millman has been promoted to vice president, Electronic Health Records (EHR) Solutions.
Millman will be responsible for MIB’s EHR Solutions platform, which provides electronic medical records to support the life insurance underwriting process. He succeeds Stacy Gill, who is retiring after 35 years with MIB.
Winikoff said, “we congratulate Brian on his well-deserved promotion. We have great confidence in Brian’s leadership of this important platform and continued development of our underwriting services solutions.”
MS Amlin Appoints Two Non-Executive Directors
MS Amlin Underwriting Limited (MS AUL), the Lloyd’s (re)insurer, announced the appointments of Johan Slabbert and Martin Hudson as non-executive directors. Subject to regulatory approval, Slabbert will also be appointed chairman of the MS AUL Board and Hudson will take on additional duties as chairman of the MS AUL Underwriting Committee.
Slabbert is a recognized leader in the industry with more than twenty years of international experience in both CEO and CFO roles. He joins MS AUL whilst serving as Chairman of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (Europe) Ltd.
Prior to this appointment, Slabbert began his career at AIG before joining Chaucer Limited as CFO, where he was also CEO for two years, and then serving as operating partner and CEO of Augustus Specialty LLC.
Hudson joins MS AUL with 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles. He currently advises Apollo Syndicate Management, Sirius and Old Mutual Specialty Insurance in various non-executive capacities.
Previously, Hudson headed Travelers Insurance Company and Old Mutual Specialty Insurance. Hudson also worked at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Underwriting at Lloyd’s as Director of Underwriting.
Tom Clementi, CEO of MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd, commented: “I am delighted to announce the appointments of Johan and Martin to MS AUL’s already strong leadership team. They both bring years of market expertise and experience, and strong leadership qualities, that will make an immediate impact at MS Amlin.”
Ian Podmore Named Director of Captive Operations, AF Specialty
AF Group announced Ian Podmore as director of Captive Operations at AF Specialty.
Podmore will focus on business growth and profitability for new markets and business opportunity development through the use of insurance captives. He will be based in Charlotte, N.C.
Podmore joins AF Group with more than 30 years of insurance experience in the U.S., Bermuda and the U.K. He most recently served as head of Captive Underwriting and Captive Consultant at Willis Towers Watson. He holds numerous insurance designations including Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associateship and Inducted Chartered Insurer to the Chartered Insurance Institute.
AF Specialty provides fronting capacity to insurance carriers, managing general agents, reinsurance intermediaries and captive managers. The brand partners with entities who are seeking a fronting facility to place well-managed property and casualty programs.
“We are excited to have Ian join our organization,” said Eric Halter, managing director of AF Specialty. “His expertise, innovation and leadership will be a huge asset as we continue to expand our product offerings and presence in the captive space.”
Aon Names Steve Petrevski SVP/General Manager of Data & Analytic Services
Aon has announced that Steve Petrevski has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of Data & Analytic Services to enhance new capabilities for digital businesses. Petrevski will report to John Bruno, CEO of Data & Analytic Services and COO of Aon.
Petrevski will be developing and executing Aon’s Data & Analytic Services platform, which combines data, technology, expertise and solutions. He will work in collaboration with Aon’s regional and solution line leaders to deliver relevant products and manage data and analytics experts worldwide to help achieve these goals.
During his three years at Aon as senior vice president for Enterprise Analytics, Petrevski has reshaped the firm’s goal to deliver a technology-enabled global platform that is more relevant and responsive to client needs. In addition, he drove the Innovation & Partnership strategy to accelerate the firm’s collaborations with emerging technology companies.
Prior to joining Aon in 2017, Petrevski was the general manager of Security and Fraud Solutions at First Data. Prior to that he worked for JP Morgan Chase, driving technology strategy and business development across cyber security, fraud and analytics by connecting both the business and technology functions of the bank with Silicon Valley.
Petrevski also advises start-ups including Nanowear, a connected-care and remote diagnostics platform utilizing cloth-based nanotechnology, that is FDA cleared and is clinically validating applications for COVID-19 and congestive heart failure; and ForgePoint Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies in cybersecurity.
“Global trends such as pandemics, cyber security and climate change are creating increasingly complex operating environments for Aon’s clients,” commented Bruno. “Steve is playing a critical role in uniting Aon’s core expertise with emerging technologies to create new ways of working and enable clients to make better decisions today and tomorrow.” &