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• Hiscox appoints former director of GCHQ to cyber team
Hiscox UK and Ireland has appointed the former director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan as special advisor on cyber security. Hannigan, credited with developing the UK’s first Cyber Security Strategy and setting up the National Cyber Security Centre, was director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence and security agency from 2014-17. He is considered a leading authority on cyber security, cyber conflict and the application of technology in national security.
• WTW builds Insurance Consulting and Technology business
Willis Towers Watson has announced the appointment of John Morley to lead the global development of Unify, the firm’s systems integration and workflow platform. Based in London, Morley joins the team from Accenture, where he was MD of Finance and Risk Services for Insurance. He has over 20 years of international experience in financial services, working directly for leading global insurers, reinsurers and advisory firms, including EY and KPMG.
• Kroll appoints Cyber Security and Investigations Practice lead
Kroll has appointed Ioan Peters as associate managing director of its London-based Cyber Security and Investigations practice. Peters has 20 years’ experience in designing and deploying information technology solutions, joining the company from Airbus Group, where as head of security audit, Corporate Security, he was responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of security controls including critical human factors, in defending people, assets, and intellectual property from diverse external threats.
• Reyes to retire from Zurich
Alison Martin is to assume the role of chief risk officer at Zurich following the announcement of Cecilia Reyes' retirement scheduled for early 2018. Martin joins Zurich from Swiss Re, where she was head of life and health business management, a role she has held for four years. In her 14 years at Swiss Re, Martin has held a series of senior management positions focused on transformation, commercial business and value creation, including as CFO of Swiss Re Life & Health. A qualified accountant, she spent eight years in audit and advisory roles at PwC, with a focus on insurance.
• Mapfre Global Risks appoints head of underwriting
Mapfre Global Risks has promoted Carlos Vasquez as international head of underwriting. Prior to his move to London, Vasquez was head of construction and engineering for MGR, based in Madrid. He joined MGR in 2005 and prior to that worked at Heath Lambert for six years.
• Burford joins Fidelis
Fidelis Insurance has announced that Ian Burford is joining the London underwriting team as chairman of specialised risks. With over 30 years of experience in the London insurance market, Burford left Novae in May 2017, where he had worked since 1998, most recently as underwriting performance director.
• Tokio Marine HCC expands London market claims team
Tokio Marine HCC has announced the appointment of Martin O’Connor as disability and contingency adjuster in its London market claims division. O’Connor joins the firm from Integro Insurance Brokers where he held the position of head of claims for over ten years.
• Elborne Mitchell bolsters insurance team
Elborne Mitchell has bolstered its insurance and reinsurance team with the appointment of David Murphy as partner. Murphy’s dispute resolution expertise includes litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is experienced in a wide range of classes of insurance business, including property/business interruption, casualty, energy, mining, engineering/construction, political violence, BBB, D&O, financial lines, EL/PL and credit insurance. He also regularly advises on the drafting of policy wordings and clauses.
• Premium Credit makes senior promotion
Premium Credit has promoted Charlie Cutler to the position of general counsel and company secretary. Having joined the company in 2014 as Head of Legal, Cutler now joins the Executive Team with responsibility for the legal, compliance and company secretarial aspects of the business.
• Alesco bolsters energy team
Alesco Risk Management Services has appointed Bob Choppen, formerly deputy managing director of Energy at Willis Towers Watson, as executive partner. Choppen began his career in the risk management team at BP before holding a series of director roles at Marsh, Heath Lambert Group and Aon. He brings some 40 years’ industry experience to the team, most recently advising independent oil and gas companies on effective risk management and placement strategies for energy and construction insurances.