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• Equipsme appoints Kilpatrick as chairman
Insurtech start-up Equipsme has appointed Russell Kilpatrick as its new chairman. Kilpatrick has been managing and developing MGAs since 1990. He has held a number of directorships including roles at ENCON, Schinnerer and ACE. In 2003 he set up Dual Corporate Risks and went on to hold several senior board level roles across the Dual portfolio of businesses.
• Ed strengthens Professional & Executive Risk team
Ed has announced the appointment of Duncan Childs as wordings advisory manager for the Professional & Executive Risk team. Childs has nearly two decades of experience in insurance law. He joins from global law firm Eversheds Sutherland where he served in the specialist insurance coverage team. Prior to this he worked at insurance law specialists Davies Lavery (now Kennedys).
• Canopius makes board announcements
Canopius has announced two senior management appointments. Laurie Davison is appointed group chief operating officer and Nigel Meyer will become group chief financial officer. Davison was previously chief operating officer at Exari Group. She will join Canopius in April, having spent 20 years in the technology and insurance sectors, including roles at Adsensa, Faraday and Xchanging. Meyer will join the group later in the year. He is currently COO at Brit, where he also previously served as CFO. He has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, having previously held senior finance positions within Aviva and RSA.
• Adam Sandler joins RMS
RMS has appointed Adam Sandler as head of underwriting, cyber and model solutions. Sandler joins the RMS team from QBE North America. Earlier in his career, he worked across the insurance sector, with companies as diverse as Genpact (a global professional services firm delivering digital transformation), Ironshore (where he was Group CIO), Riskclick (where he was CEO), Marsh & McLennan and AIG.
• Chubb appoints senior financial lines underwriter
Chubb has appointed Benjamin Rowley as senior underwriter in its financial lines division. Rowley is a medical malpractice specialist with a broad knowledge of E&O. He joins Chubb from Hiscox where he underwrote E&O business on behalf of Syndicate 33 for 18 years, his most recent role as head of healthcare within the casualty division.
• FM Global appoints SVP, claims
FM Global has announced the appointment of Darren Benson as senior vice-president and manager of claims. Previously, he served as vice-president and manager of the company’s chemical operations. Since joining FM Global in 1987 as a loss prevention engineer, Benson has held a variety of management positions within the organisation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University, US.
• BMS forms new energy division
BMS Group has formed a new energy division with the appointment of three senior brokers. James Chicken and Charlie Bowring become managing director and chairman of the new division respectively, and Sebastian Graham joins as a director.
• Cardinus Risk Management launches security division
Cardinus Risk Management has hired Protaris founder Andy Neal to head up its new security division. Neal is an expert in personal security, with 22 years’ experience of advising governments, royal families, major companies and high profile celebrities.
• Brokerslink names Legrand CEO
Brokerslink has appointed Jacqueline Legrand as CEO, to succeed José Manuel Fonseca. Legrand is chief operating officer and board member at MDS Group, where she oversees business development and operations in Portugal and Brazil. She has worked in the Brokerslink team for nine years, most recently as regional director for Europe. She brings over three decades of experience in global operations management and broking to Brokerslink. Prior to joining MDS, she was managing director at Crystal & Company, another Brokerslink company, in New York, where she led the international department.
• BIBA makes senior appointments
The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has appointed Julie Page, CEO of Aon Risk Services as its Deputy Chair, and Ian Cooper Partner at Lockton as Chair of its International & Wholesale Brokers’ Advisory Board. Page has served on BIBA's board for nearly four years and replaces Tim Ryan from Ryan Insurance Group who has been BIBA's Deputy Chair since 2015. She hands over the position of Chair of the International & Wholesale Brokers’ Advisory Board to Cooper who will also take a seat at the main Board. Ryan remains a BIBA Board member. As Chair of the International & Wholesale Brokers’ Advisory Board, Cooper will represent BIBA members from the Lloyd’s and London market ensuring that matters affecting them are properly represented.