9 People on the Move

Marsh JLT Specialty hires a new head of cyber, SterlingRisk announces a new president of programs; all of this and more in this edition of People on the Move.
By: | January 17, 2020

Origami Risk Announces David Duden as Strategic Relationships Executive

David Duden, strategic relationships executive, Origami Risk

Origami Risk, an insurance Software as a Service (SaaS) technology firm, announced David Duden as the strategic relationships’ executive in the firm’s Core Solutions division.

Duden is responsible for account management, business and product development.  Core Solutions clients include risk pools, third party administrators, property/casualty insurance companies, managing general agents, and entities with large self-administered workers’ compensation plans.

Duden has more than thirty years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. Most recently, he was the managing director and RMIS Practice leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“As insurers, TPAs, MGAs, risk pools and large self-insurers work to navigate an increasingly complex operating environment, many now recognize that technology-based solutions, such as those provided  by Origami, can deliver the versatility, efficiencies and added value that are critical for them to achieve sustainable growth and success,” said Chris Bennett, president of Origami Risk’s Core Solutions division.


“With his extensive industry experience and impressive record of innovation, Dave brings an exciting dimension to our client service and product development efforts. We’re delighted that he has joined our team and look forward to his contributions to our clients and our firm.”

David has worked closely with complex insurance and risk management clients, delivering several breakthrough innovations. He co-founded the DAVID Corporation in 1985, launched the RMIS/Lab in 1996, and developed Safety Analytics in 2008.

Drinker Biddle Adds New Partner in Hartford Office

Drinker Biddle & Realth announced the addition of Adam Masin, partner, to their Hartford office.  Masin will going the firm’s products liability and mass torts group. He joins from Shipman & Goodwin.

Masin has twenty years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device liability cases. His portfolio consists of counseling clients on product liability, medical negligence and commercial litigation disputes. He also advises companies on Food & Drug Administration limitations.

“Adam is a strong addition to our national products liability and mass torts practice,” said Andrew C. Kassner, chairman and CEO. “His significant industry experience will be an asset to our pharmaceutical, medical device and health care clients, and we are excited to welcome him in Hartford.”

Daniel B. Carroll and Michael C. Zogby, co-chairs of the firm’s products liability and mass torts practice, said in a joint statement, “Adam has distinguished himself with his dedication to client service and success in helping clients navigate complex product liability and health care litigation throughout the United States. He is a great fit for our team, and his robust experience adds to the firm’s growing product liability trial capabilities.”

Sarah Stephens Named Head of Cyber, Marsh JLT Specialty

Sarah Stephens, head of cyber, International, Marsh JLT Specialty

Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, has appointed Sarah Stephens as the newest head of cyber, International within Marsh JLT Specialty.

Based in London, she will report to Flavio Piccolomini, President of Marsh’s International division and Paul Denny, CEO, UK FINPRO Practice, Marsh JLT Specialty.

“Cyber risk poses a constant and critical threat to the businesses and livelihoods of our clients. Sarah is a true innovator and has led the development of many pioneering initiatives in the cyber insurance market. She will play a pivotal role in delivering the next generation of insurance solutions clients need to help mitigate cyber risk and capitalize on the exciting opportunities new and emerging technologies present,” said Piccolomini.

This role is newly enacted. Stephens will head the development and delivery of cyber insurance and placement capabilities across the business’s ventures outside of North America. She will work closely with Marsh’s regional cyber risk experts to develop integrated risk and advisory services.


Prior to joining Marsh in 2015, Stephens spent 12 years with Aon.

“While more and more organizations regard cyber as a top risk issue, many still lack confidence in their ability to respond to a major cyber incident effectively or do not have appropriate cyber insurance in place,” added Stephens. “I look forward to working with our colleagues around the world to further develop our cyber risk and insurance capabilities to enable help our clients meet these challenges.”

Transcom Solutions Adds Stephen Rios to Team

Transcom Solutions, a transportation and translation service for injured workers, announced that Stephen Rios has joined the team as director of business development.

Stephen Rios, director of business development, Transcom Solutions

Transcom is the industry leader in its unique services, and Rios will be responsible for maintaining and developing client relationships within the southern United States, including Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama, as well as executing sales and marketing strategies.

“We are excited to welcome Stephen to this visionary role at Transcom. His wealth of experience in the industry makes him a valuable asset to the company as we continue to expand,” said Aguila. “Stephen’s personal philosophy of providing superior client care and his ability to relate to people make him a perfect cultural fit for our team.”

Rios brings over 20 years of experience within the sales, marketing, and account management arenas of the workers’ compensation healthcare industry. He most recently served as vice president of client services for Orchid Medical.

“I was drawn to Transcom because it is a company that prioritizes client service without compromising its strong core values,” said Rios. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire team to build onto the current momentum and create a successful future.”

Rios is based in Braselton, Georgia.

SterlingRisk Announces Geraldine DelPrete as President of Programs

Geraldine DelPrete, president of programs, SterlingRisk

SterlingRisk Insurance announced the promotion of Geraldine DelPrete to president of programs. DelPrete joins with background in reinsurance/underwriting and deep understanding of programs that has directly contributed to growth.

“Soon after joining SterlingRisk little more than a year ago, Geraldine moved us in a new direction that continues to prove highly successful to our organization and equally beneficial to our clients,” observed CEO David Sterling.

“Her strategic decision to add an alternative markets platform and reinsurance broker platform has secured impressive results in our key business, including retail and hospitality. Under her direction we have relaunched our real estate program and expanded our other offerings, including the recently-launched Sterling Architects & Engineers.”

Prior to joining SterlingRisk in 2018 as Director of Programs, Senior Vice President, DelPrete joined SterlingRisk as Director of Programs, Senior Vice President in 2018.

Her reinsurance career began at Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, where she held multiple positions over a twelve-year period.

“Geraldine combines great vision backed by practical experience and key industry relationships. Everyone at SterlingRisk joins me in congratulating her on her new role,” said Sterling.

Ames & Gough Announces Matt Gough as President and Brett Gough as Chief Operating Officer

Ames & Gough, insurance broker and risk management consultant, has announced the appointment of Matt Gough as president and Brett Gough as chief operating officer. Dan Knise, chief executive officer, has been given the additional role as chair.

Matt Gough will be responsible for the firm’s day-to-day operations and continue to oversee Washington, DC operations. He joined the firm in 2001.

 Brett Gough will assist Matt Gough while focusing on firm-wide sales, marketing and client service. In addition to his new appointment as chief operating officer, he will retain the title of executive vice president and will continue to manage the firm in Boston. He joined the firm Ames & Gough in 1995.


As chair and chief executive officer, Knise will focus on the firm’s strategy, future initiatives, and continue to work directly with some clients.

“During their careers, Matt and Brett both have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities marked by numerous managerial accomplishments, effective colleague mentoring and development, and strong performance results driven by a shared commitment to excellent client service,” said Knise, who is being succeeded as president by Matt Gough.

“As we begin the new decade, we are delighted to see Matt and Brett take on their new roles and enthusiastic as they guide the firm and our clients to continued success in the years to come.”

Ames & Gough was founded in 1992 by Marshall Ames and Gary Gough.

RT Specialty Acquires Aleksander Soriano

Aleksander Soriano, account administrator, Environmental and Construction Professional Practice, RT Specialty

RT Specialty has named Aleksander Soriano as an account administrator within its Environmental and Construction Professional (ECP) Practice.

Soriano will work alongside the company’s senior executives to provide agents, brokers and their clients across the country.

He will be based out of Hamilton, New Jersey.

“We are dedicated to continually growing our agency and serving the complex needs of our clients with the best talent available in the industry,” says Jefferey S. Lejfer, President of RT Specialty’s Hamilton, NJ office. “Aleksander represents the foundation of this effort and our commitment to grooming the next wave of expert resources to better serve this marketplace. His financial and insurance background, work ethic and desire to learn and succeed are exactly the qualities that have helped this firm thrive.”

Before joining RT Specialty, held the position of data analyst at Bloomberg LP and as a marketing associate at the Martin Insurance Group. &


Emily Spennato is a former staff writer with Risk & Insurance.

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