9 People on the Move

Beazley appoints several new hires, Liberty Mutual announces a new president, and IMA Inc. strengthens its cannabis industry presence in this edition of People on the Move.
By: | October 11, 2020

Two New CEOS Appointed to Two Catalina Subsidiaries

Catalina Holdings announced the appointment of two new CEOS in its subsidiaries.

Claudia Ingenhoven is the new CEO of Glacier Re, Catalina’s Swiss subsidiary and Sarah Ruberry is the new CEO of Catalina General, Catalina’s flagship Bermuda-based reinsurer, effective starting early November.

Ingenhoven spent well over a decade working in various roles with several different companies, specializing within the runoff insurance industry. Her most recent role was serving as chief financial officer of iptiQ EMEA P&C, Swiss Re’s pan-European white-label P&C insurer.

Currently living in Bermuda, Ruberry joins Catalina General (CatGen) with a wide variety of experience in finance, strategy, and risk management. She joins Catalina General after serving as the chief risk officer (CRO) of U.S and Bermuda operations for Star Stone, a specialty insurer.

“The appointments of Claudia and Sarah mark important steps in the development of our Swiss and Bermudian operations. I am confident that they will be excellent successors to Martin and Gary, who I would like to thank personally for their standout contributions to Glacier Re and Catalina General respectively,” said Chris Fagan, chief executive of Catalina.

Thomas Pytel Jr., vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, Copperpoint

Copperpoint Names Thomas Pytel Jr. as New Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Copperpoint hired Thomas Pytel as its new vice president, chief marketing and communications officer. In this new role, Pytel will focus on leading and maintaining the marketing and communications operations across the company.

Prior to joining Copperpoint, Pytel served as vice president, marketing & corporate communications for Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona. He brings nearly 18 years of experience, mostly within the property and casualty insurance industry.

“Thomas is an experienced marketing executive who brings an extensive insurance background to CopperPoint at an important time in our growth,” said Marc Schmittlein, president and chief executive officer, CopperPoint Insurance Companies.

“As we continue to execute our vision, we are confident that his skills and expertise will build upon CopperPoint’s marketing and brand strategies throughout our core states. We are excited to welcome him to the company.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance Announces Marc Orloff as New President for Its North American Field Operations

Liberty Mutual hired Marc Orloff as president of North American Field Operations, Global Risk Solutions (GRS) North America.

Marc Orloff, president, North American field operations, Liberty Mutual

GRS serves as Liberty Mutual’s global commercial and specialty lines insurance sector. It works with several businesses globally, providing both traditional and specialty insurance.

Orloff previously worked as the lead of the GRS field distribution team, which included the oversight of both retail and wholesale organization, managing national brokerage, and private equity and construction practices. He will continue to play a role in these operations while serving in his new role.

“Marc is a well-respected insurance executive with years of proven experience in underwriting and distribution leadership,” said Tracy Ryan, president, GRS North America.

“Under Marc’s leadership, our field operations team will drive Liberty Mutual’s North American business strategies by bringing our full suite of products to local markets and ensuring premier engagement with distribution partners and commercial clients.”

Lockton Insurance Brokers Announces Two Executive Hirings

Lockton Insurance Brokers, the Pacific sector of the global insurance broker Lockton Companies, appointed two executives. Teena Hostovich has been named vice chair of Lockton Pacific and Greg Barnes has been hired as president of Greater Los Angeles

Teena Hostovich, vice chair, Lockton Pacific

Greg Barnes, president, Greater Los Angeles, Lockton Insurance

In her role as vice chair, Hostovich will be responsible for the oversight of government relations, culture, and community. Additionally, she will focus on the advancement of strategic philanthropy, ways to expand women’s leadership, and cultural growth within the company. She has been with Lockton since 2001.

“I’m excited to work with Teena in continuing to define our legacy and creating positive, impactful change for future generations,” said Lockton’s Pacific Chairman Timothy Noonan.

“Since joining Lockton in 2001, Teena has been a valued partner who has demonstrated strong leadership within the company as well as in the community. I look forward to her championing our government affairs and bringing voice to a number of important initiatives for Lockton and our clients.”

Serving as president of Greater Los Angeles, Greg Barnes will lead a team of both property-casualty and employee benefits experts, who currently serve clients on a national and global scale.

Like Hostovich, Barnes has been with Lockton long term, most recently serving as executive vice president to the Lockton Pacific executive committee.

“As president of our Los Angeles operations, Greg’s leadership will be vital to continuing our momentum and strong organic growth in 2021 and beyond,” Noonan said.

“He has not only earned the trust of clients and Associates alike, but I am confident his bold vision for the future of our LA office and strategic direction will continue the legacy we have built with the Los Angeles business community over the past 25 years.”

Beazley Expands US Executive Risk Team with Several New Hires

Beazley, a specialty insurance company, broadened its U.S. underwriting and claims presence with the hiring of six executives in its executive risk team.

Elizabeth Cassarino joins Beazley as an underwriter for the company’s Boston team. Her most recent post was working as an executive risk writer at Chubb.

Jeffrey Carney is also being named an underwriter for the company in Boston. He most recently served as senior vice president at Aon Risk Solutions.

Allison Keenan joins Beazley’s underwriting team based in San Francisco after having previously worked for Chubb as a senior underwriter.

Mia Hennessey joins the company’s New York underwriting team. Before joining Beazley, she worked at Zurich North America as assistant vice president in the management solutions group.

Greg Staron joins the executive risk team as another addition to Beazley’s New York office. He has been with Beazley since 2011 and has been working as an underwriter since 2014.

Finally, Melanie Saponara joins the company in New York to work with public company directors and officers (D&O) claims. She comes from CNA where she worked as a claims consultant, specifically in D&O liability, employment practices liability, and representations and warranties.

“In an environment of rapidly evolving corporate risks, businesses are now also faced with managing the impact of a global pandemic, social movements, diversity and inclusion together with recessionary fears, which has ushered in new ways of working, employment practices, business operations and regulations. This requires insurance solutions that provide flexible 360 degree protection for when businesses need it most and to help reduce the risk of claims occurring,” said Jeremie Saada, head of U.S. Executive Risk at Beazley.

“As we focus on building out our offering, continuing to attract and develop talent is critical to our success. Our Executive Risk practice has built considerable momentum over the past several years and we are delighted to welcome Jeff, Elizabeth, Mia, Allison, Greg and Melanie to our growing team.”

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Announces Several Promotions in Joseph Caruso and Anton Lavrenko

Anton Lavrenko, head of financial institutions, AGCS

Joseph Caruso, head of financial lines, AGCS

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), a leading global insurance carrier, announced the promotions of Joseph Caruso as head of financial lines in North America (NA) and Anton Lavrenko as head of financial institutions, NA.

Caruso originally joined AGCS in 2015 where he worked as the regional head of financial institutions, NA. In this role, he helped AGCS launch their financial lines practice. His most recent role was head of financial institutions, Lavrenko’s role.

Lavrenko takes on head of financial institutions in North America after having served as deputy regional head, financial institutions for AGCS since 2015.

“I look forward to working with them to build on the dynamic growth, agility and strength of this portfolio as we execute on our New AGCS platform,” said President and CEO Bill Scaldaferri.

IMA Hires Michael Hennessey to Head Cannabis Specialty

IMA Inc., a commercial brokerage division of The IMA Financial Group, recently appointed Michael Hennessey as its new vice president, Cannabis National Practice Leader. The hiring strengthens the broker’s position within the cannabis industry, specifically with the selling of its specialty products.

Before joining IMA Inc., Hennessey most recently serving in a leadership role at ABD Insurance and Financial Services where he also worked in their cannabis sector. In his new role with IMA, Hennessey will largely focus on providing brokerage services for the company’s cannabis clients.

“Michael’s hiring represents not only IMA’s continued investment in cannabis but also our strategic expansion in the Western United States,” said Jeff Stemper, National Sales & Marketing Leader for IMA, Inc. “The West Coast presents a wealth of business development opportunities that align with our specialty-focused strategy, enabling us to create immediate value for clients.”

Hennessey also commented on IMA and his hiring.

“IMA is the right company to support clients in the cannabis space. The company’s client-focused consulting strategy, industry-leading record of sales growth and forward-thinking approach in emerging verticals provide a strong foundation for success,” he said.

Peak Re Hires Andrew Souter to be Director of Markets

Andrew Souter, director of markets, Peak Re

Peak Re, a Hong Kong based global reinsurer, has announced the hiring of Andrew Souter as their director of markets.

In his new role, Souter will be responsible for client portfolio oversight in Global Markets as well as development for Peak Re’s property and casualty reinsurance business.

Souter brings 18 years of finance industry experience to his new role at Peak Re. Prior to his appointment as director of markets, he worked for Pioneer Underwriters/Syndicate 1980 as head of capital and a member of the executive management team.

“We are excited to have Andrew joining us. His extensive experience working with the capital markets and strong client relationships with global insurers will strengthen our ILS capabilities and will help us to continue to bring unique and innovative (re)insurance solutions to both our customers and investors as we expand further as an organization,” said Franz Josef Hahn, Peak Re’s chief executive officer.

NJM Insurance Names Joshua Kalafer as Newest Board Member

Joshua Kalafer, board member, NJM Insurance

NJM Insurance, a property and casualty insurer in the mid-Atlantic region, recently announced the appointment of Joshua Kalafer to its board of directors.

Kalafer’s experience includes real estate investment and development, the automobile industry, and start-up investments.

“As a company with over a century of operating for the exclusive benefit of our policyholders, we welcome the long tradition of successful, customer-focused business knowledge and experience Josh brings to the Board,” said Mitch Livingston, NJM president and CEO.

“His strong foundation in community support, engagement, and philanthropy will also help ensure that we remain true to our value of supporting the communities we’re privileged to serve, as NJM expands throughout the region.” &

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

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