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• Markel appoints head of cyber in London
Markel International has appointed Chris Burgess to head up its cyber team in London. Burgess joins the firm with over 15 years’ experience in financial and professional lines insurance, having held a variety of roles, most recently UK cyber lead at AIG. Burgess will report to Scott Bailey, who became managing director of cyber for Markel International earlier this year when the team became a separate underwriting division.
• Foster appointed global cyber lead at Willis Towers Watson
Willis Towers Watson has appointed Peter Foster as chairman of its global FINEX Cyber and Cyber Risk Solutions business. Foster has been with Willis Towers Watson for over 14 years, and is credited with building the company’s global cyber capabilities.
• Walker to lead Aon’s intellectual property offering
Joshua Walker has been appointed chief product officer for Aon’s Intellectual Property Solutions division. Walker has practised intellectual property and big data law in Silicon Valley for more than 16 years, including as head of Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Transactions for Simpson Thacher. He co-founded and led Lex Machina and has helped establish numerous law and computer science ventures at Stanford University. He is the author of the forthcoming book On Legal AI.
• LSM appoints chief cyber officer
Liberty Specialty Markets has appointed Jon Rigby to the newly created role of chief cyber officer. Rigby served for 33 years in the Royal Air Force in cyber, intelligence, IT and engineering roles. His last role was in the rank of air vice-marshal within Joint Forces Command, where his responsibilities included leadership of the Ministry of Defence's cyber operations and programmes. Prior to joining LSM he co-led AlixPartners' cyber security team, working predominantly with private equity and FTSE 100 executive teams to help them manage their cyber security risk.
• Swiss Re appoints Asia CEO
SwissRe has appointed Russell Higginbotham as CEO, Reinsurance Asia and regional president, effective 8th July and subject to regulatory approvals. He is succeeding Jayne Plunkett.
• CyberScout appoints CEO
CyberScout has appointed Jennifer Leuer as chief executive officer. Leuer is the former president of Partner Solutions at Experian. Her experience in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer channels will be used to expand CyberScout’s distribution capabilities.
• CII appoints APAC director
The Chartered Insurance Institute has appointed Kenny Siu as regional director for the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Hong Kong, Siu has over 30 years of experience in both the general insurance and financial planning professions. He joins the CII from Standard Life, where he fulfilled various roles including director of alternative distribution and regional sales director.
• Tokio Marine Kiln appoints head of reinsurance
Tokio Marine Kiln has appointed Will Curran as new head of reinsurance. Curran began his career at Lloyd’s in 1996 as a graduate and, after spells with Beazley, Wellington and Catlin, joined TMK in 2008. He has been the deputy underwriter of TMK’s reinsurance team since then.