6 People on the Move

Ken Jones joins SterlingRisk; Julie Boucher and Chris Varin join Marsh Captives Solutions; Jennifer S. Lanter and Steven E. Dubiel join Willis Towers Watson; Kristy Kendle joins QBE North America.
By: | November 1, 2018

Ken Jones Joins SterlingRisk as Vice President

SterlingRisk Insurance, an independently owned insurance brokerage, announced that Kenneth J. Jones has joined the firm as Vice President.  Jones brings more than 30 years’ experience to SterlingRisk, with experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Ken Jones, vice president, SterlingRisk

“Ken’s outstanding track record and strong industry reputation is an asset to both SterlingRisk and our clients,” announced SterlingRisk CEO David Sterling.  “Throughout his career, he has served as a business owner, a consultant, and a respected risk manager, often holding mentoring and leadership positions along the way.  We welcome Ken and look forward to his contributions as he brings his keen understanding of insurance to SterlingRisk.”

Jones, who attended Adelphi University, started his career with a large Long Island insurance firm, eventually becoming its top-ranking risk manager.  He then opened his own agency and later sold the business and worked with a national agency, becoming one of its top agents within 18 months.  His concentrations include construction, real estate, and the not-for-profit sector, working to reduce client exposures and lower costs.

Active on the Board of the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Jones is an endurance triathlete with three Ironman finishes and over a dozen marathon finishes.  He has two adult children and resides with his wife in Huntington, New York.

Julie Boucher Appointed as Islands Practice Leader for Marsh Captives Solutions 

Chris Varin Is now U.S. Practice Leader for Marsh Captives Solutions 

Effective January 1, 2019, Julie Boucher will assume direct leadership of Marsh’s Bermuda, Cayman and Barbados captive offices. She has 30 years of experience in captives and will transfer from Vermont to Bermuda.

Also effective January 1, 2019, Chris Varin will take on the newly created role of US Practice Leader for Marsh Captive Solutions.

Both Mr. Varin and Ms. Boucher will report to Ellen Charnley, President, Marsh Captive Solutions.

Jennifer S. Lanter Joins Willis Towers Watson as Associate Director-Senior Broker, Construction

Steven E. Dubiel Joins as Associate Director-Senior Broker, Construction

Jennifer and Steven join the North American Construction Broking team at Willis Towers Watson where they will work closely with owners, developers and contractors to place and implement

Chris Varin, U.S. practice leader, Marsh Captive Solutions

large construction casualty projects, also known as Controlled Insurance Programs.

These complex, highly specialized project-specific insurance placements represent a growing segment of Willis Towers Watson’s portfolio and include a range of heavy infrastructure and large scale development projects across health care, sports and entertainment, energy and public-private partnerships.

Jennifer and Steven will report to Matt Summers, director/North American broking leader for the CIP team.

Kristy Kendle Joins QBE North America as Regional Executive-Western Region

QBE North America, an Integrated Specialist Insurer, promoted Kristy Kendle to Regional Executive – Western Region, which includes the states of AZ, CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA and WY. In this role, she is accountable for profitable growth across QBE’s specialized insurance business portfolio, as well as the development of all agent and broker relationships in the region.

Managing QBE’s regional hub office in San Francisco and activities throughout the region, Kendle will oversee strategy and business planning for the region. She also will collaborate with Underwriting and Claims leadership to deliver better end-to-end risk management solutions, leveraging the applied expertise, customer service excellence and global strength of QBE.

“As Regional Executive, Kristy is the primary representative of the entire QBE enterprise in the Western Region,” said Mark Cantin, President, Field Operations at QBE North America. “She has been serving as the interim Regional Executive, and with her proven leadership, we’re confident the team can further build on the strong momentum we have in the West.”

Kendle is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. She joined QBE in 2016 as a Business Development Leader in QBE’s Western Region. Prior to QBE, she was at The Hanover Insurance Group, where she served as Regional Vice President. In this role, she was accountable for sales performance management, distribution management, portfolio management, recruiting, coaching and mentoring leaders and underwriters. She more than doubled the book of business in five years. Prior to The Hanover, Kendle held leadership positions at Travelers, AIG and Chubb.

Kendle has an Associate of Arts degree from Orange Coast College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University of Long Beach. &

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