7 People on the Move

ReAssure, Ironshore Specialty, United Group Alliance and One Call all announce appointments.
By: | February 5, 2019

Swiss Re Appoints Archie Kane as Non-Executive Chairman at ReAssure

Archie Kane, non-executive chairman, ReAssure

Archie Kane brings to ReAssure more than three decades of leadership experience in financial services and board positions at major UK companies. He has a proven track record of guiding the debate of critical business issues and facilitating strategy discussions. Kane has a solid understanding of best practice on corporate governance and regulatory matters, and he is accustomed to giving independent advice to management teams to assist them to deliver results.

Kane enters this role after acting as non-executive director at Melrose Industries PLC, which manufactures products across a range of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, air handling and power generation. Previously he served as governor of the Bank of Ireland from 2012 to 2018.

RMS Announces the Appointment of Executive Vice President of Product

Cihan Biyikoglu has been appointed to the role of executive vice president of product at RMS, the risk modeling and analytics firm. As part of this new role, Biyikoglu will also serve as a member of the company’s executive committee.

Biyikoglu will oversee management of the full suite of RMS products, including models, software, platform, data and analytics. He enters this role with nearly 20 years’ experience in product management for big data, data analytics and modeling solutions.

In his most recent role, Biyikoglu acted as vice president of product management at Databricks, a company that prided itself with delivering analytics platform solutions to the market that leveraged Apache Spark, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Old Republic Adds Peter B. McNitt to Board of Directors

Peter B. McNitt joined the Old Republic Board of Directors, following a recent retirement from BMO Harris Bank as vice chair.

While at BMO, McNitt was focused on the delivery of the full breadth of wealth and commercial and investment banking services to customers.

“The long-term experience and deep knowledge so gained will harmonize extremely well with our Board’s governance objectives in the service of all of Old Republic’s key stakeholders,” said Al Zucaro, chairman and CEO, Old Republic.

“We are most grateful and pleased with Peter McNitt’s decision to continue his professional career in a different way, and for joining us to help ensure our company’s continued success as an independent insurance enterprise managed for the long run.”

Rone Baldwin Tapped as CEO for One Call

One Call, a provider of specialized health care solutions for the workers’ compensation industry, today announced that Rone Baldwin has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Baldwin succeeds Dale Wolf who is retiring.

Most recently, Baldwin served as Executive Vice President of Markets and Insurance at Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 diversified, multi-national managed care enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs. Responsible for Centene’s health plans in all 21 states, Mr. Baldwin led program expansions, new market implementations, product launches and other key initiatives. The company tripled its annual health plan revenues to over $35 billion during his tenure.

Prior to Centene, Mr. Baldwin served as Chief Operating Officer at Guardian Life Insurance Company and as President and CEO of Employee Benefits at Genworth Financial. He previously held a range of senior leadership positions at Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and began his career at Goldman Sachs and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Baldwin has a B.A. degree from Amherst College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Baldwin said, “I am excited to join the One Call team. I look forward to working alongside the management team to support One Call’s customers’ needs and accelerating the growth of the business in the years to come.”

Dale Wolf stated, “I am very proud of the entire team at One Call and would like to thank everyone for their efforts, support, and partnership. I know Rone and the team will continue One Call’s commitment to its customers, whom I would also like to thank for their ongoing trust.”

United Group Alliance Hires Dianne Swanson as Regional Vice President for Ohio

Dianne Swanson, regional vice president, United Group Alliance

United Group Alliance (UGA) has hired Dianne Swanson as regional vice president for Ohio. Swanson will be responsible for membership service and business development for all UGA member agencies in her territory of Central/Southeastern Ohio.

Swanson is an experienced insurance sales professional of 28 years. Most recently, she served as the regional brokerage consultant for Nationwide Brokerage Solutions, with an instrumental role in business development strategies for the Central Atlantic region. Formerly, Swanson was an independent agent for nine years, and worked with the exclusive and independent channels for ten years.

In this new role, Swanson will work closely with Nicole Kaylor, UGA’s regional agency development field specialist. Together, they will be a resource for agencies facing start-up challenges, growing personal and commercial lines, technology adoption and usage, as well as new business and retention strategies.

UGA is an alliance of independent insurance agencies in Ohio, formed in 2001 with DiStefano Insurance Services, Inc. as a master agency of SIAA. More than 90 members in Ohio have access to more than 45 insurance companies and write in excess of $100,000,000 in total combined premium.

Ironshore Specialty Announces Program Business Appointments

Ironshore Specialty Casualty announced executive appointments to oversee the Programs business unit in the U.S.

Casey Hartley has been named Senior Vice President, Head of Programs. As Head of Programs, Ms. Hartley will oversee the development, marketing and distribution of programs lines, working with programs administrators across Ironshore’s underwriting platforms in the U.S.  She will be supported by Tracey Sharis, Senior Vice President, who has been appointed Director of Programs.

Tracey Sharis, head of programs, Ironshore Specialty

Hartley was named to lead U.S. General Liability Lines for Liberty International Underwriters (LIU) in 2016.  Previously, she had served in various leadership roles at LIU’s parent, Liberty Mutual Commercial Insurance. Her professional industry career spans more than 17 years, including serving in primary casualty underwriting and regional product roles with Crum & Foster.

Most recently, Ms. Sharis was Senior Vice President of Operations and Distribution for Ironshore Specialty Casualty and Senior Vice President of Retail Distribution.  She joined Ironshore Specialty Casualty in 2011 as Vice President for retail and construction business lines within the U.S. Ms. Sharis has held management positions for Aon Benfield within its facultative reinsurance group, and with AIG’s Lexington Insurance Company in property and casualty sectors.  Ms. Sharis has more than 20 years of experience in property, professional liability and casualty sectors.

“Our new leadership team led by well-respected executives with sector expertise reflects Ironshore’s commitment to continued growth and success in the Programs market going forward,” said Michael Finnegan, President, Ironshore Specialty Casualty.

Ironshore Programs unit offers a suite of products and services for Managing General Agents (MGA) and Program Administrators (PA) for a broad range of industry sectors, including Casualty, Healthcare, Environmental, Accident & Health, Cyber and Personal Lines.

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