9 People on the Move

Paradigm hires new CEO of specialty networks, Allianz announces several new hires and Charles Taylor Adjusting appoints new client director in this edition of People on the Move.
By: | November 20, 2020

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Announces Several Promotions

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced promotions in two newly created roles for their North American operations. Stefan Versluis is named regional head of broker management and Melissa Folmer is appointed as regional head of client development and relations.

Stefan Versluis, regional head of broker development, AGCS

Melissa Folmer, regional head of client development, AGCS

Versluis has worked with AGCS since 2008. He most recently served as the carrier’s

lead director of client and broker management for the Northeast zone, a leadership role that allowed him to manage corporate clients and relationships.

With AGCS since 2013, Folmer’s most recent role was lead director of client and broker management for the West zone.

“We have initiated a number of strategic changes as part of our global transformation, including streamlining our core business and customer model to provide brokers and clients with improved service delivery across the AGCS enterprise,” said Rani Christie, Regional Head of Distribution, Sales and Marketing for AGCS in North America.

“Stefan and Melissa are respected industry professionals whose talents will be instrumental in helping AGCS achieve our goals.”

Howden Specialty Names Matthew Savitt to Lead Natural Resources Team

Howden Specialty hired Matthew Savitt as head of the natural resources team for the Asia-Pacific region.

In this role, Savitt will access natural resource markets on various levels to ensure that clients are receiving the “best global markets have to offer.” He joins Howden Specialty after serving as head of power and utilities for Alesco.

“This is a great time for Matthew to join us, particularly with the significant challenges facing clients in the oil, gas and power industry in Asia Pacific,” CEO Paul O’Neill commented.

“His vision, experience and energy will help us to build on the strong foundations put in place by our International Property team over the last decade as we now invest in building a new market-leading natural resources broking capability”

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Hiscox Names Regine Fiddler As Chief Marketing Officer

Hiscox hired Regine Fiddler as chief marketing officer for its US operations.

Fiddler joins Hiscox with 17 years of relevant experience, where she has had great success in “merging technology and marketing to improve the customer experience and drive growth.”

She most recently served as chief marketing officer and head of product at BankMobile where she focused on marketing and product innovation by utilizing artificial intelligence and data for the best customer experience.

“We’re excited that Regine is joining Hiscox to lead our marketing efforts and promote our brand in the US,” said Russ Findlay, group chief marketing officer of Hiscox.

“Regine’s diverse marketing background and success in championing product innovation across all platforms will be crucial to driving our next phase of growth.”

Paradigm Hires Chris Pricco as CEO of Specialty Networks

Chris Pricco, CEO of specialty networks, Paradigm

Paradigm recently appointed Chris Pricco as CEO of specialty networks. In this role, Pricco will be responsible for the management and oversight of Paradigm’s innovation solutions geared at addressing several prominent workers’ compensation issues.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Pricco spent 15 years at Optum where he served as their chief operating officer of the medical benefit management division. He also served in several other executive positions during his time with Optum.

Paradigm CEO John Watts commented on Pricco’s appointment, saying, “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to our team. His deep experience in specialty care management and networks will be invaluable as we seek to seize new opportunities for innovation and growth in 2021 and beyond.”

Sayata Labs Expands With Several New Hires

The insurtech company Sayata Labs announced the hiring of of Mat Reardon as business development manager for the East Coast and Tim Regilio as the West Coast’s business development manager.


Mat Reardon, business development manager, Sayata

Reardon and Regilio bring years of brokerage experience to their new roles with Sayata Labs. Reardon most recently worked on the oversight of strategic broker relationships and commercial line development for Beazley.

Regilio, who has worked in the industry for 17 years, joins Sayata Labs after serving as Beazley’s head of broker relations.

Asaf Lifshitz, CEO of Sayata Labs, said “Mat and Tim bring a wealth of experience relevant to their regions that will only deepen our presence across the country.”

Charles Taylor Adjusting Announces Hiring of Richard Lance

Richard Lance, client director, CTA

Charles Taylor Adjusting (CTA) appointed Richard Lance as client director for operations in Australia. Lance will be based in Australia and will work on growing current and new customer relationships of CTA.

Lance brings over 30 years of experience working with adjusters, underwriters and brokers to CTA. His most recent role was as the Pacific claims manager of a major global broker.

“We are delighted to have Richard join us and are confident that under his guidance we will provide a deeper level of client engagement that ensures our high standard of service and facilitates our growth ambition,” Andrew Hodkinson, regional head of Australia and New Zealand said. “His wealth of experience and a reputation for reasonably handling the most complex of claims challenges is a significant asset to our business, which will benefit both clients and our adjusting teams.” &

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

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