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• Liberty appoints senior underwriter, war and terrorism
Liberty Specialty Markets has appointed Jennie Beard to the new role of senior underwriter, war and terrorism. Based in LSM’s London headquarters, Beard joins from Sompo Canopius, where she was co-head of its London-based terrorism team, writing a diverse global account.
• EC3 Legal launches Dispute Resolution and Insurance and Reinsurance recoveries practice
EC3 Legal has launched an international disputes resolution practice providing advice and representation on insurance and reinsurance coverage, claims and subrogation issues across a broad range of specialty lines and industry sectors. The new practice will be led by partner, Paul Wordley, who has extensive experience advising on complex claims, dispute resolution and coverage issues in the international insurance and reinsurance markets. He has particular expertise in in the oil, gas, mining, marine and construction sectors, and joins from HFW where he was head of insurance and reinsurance and on the management and strategy boards.
• DAC Beachcroft appoints engineering expert
International law firm DAC Beachcroft has appointed Matthew Olorenshaw, a specialist in construction and engineering-related disputes, as a partner in its global insurance practice. Olorenshaw, who joins from DWF LLP where he was also a partner, advises major insurers on defending complex claims against construction professionals, particularly architects, engineers, design and build contractors and specialist building consultants. He has also acted directly for developers, contractors and subcontractors involved in complicated, high-value construction-related disputes both in the UK and abroad. Recent work has included advising insurers on a dispute arising from construction defects at a major UK hospital, and losses arising from a power failure at a large UK datacentre.
• K2 Intelligence bolsters team with hire of investigations expert
K2 Intelligence has appointed Simon Scales as senior managing director. Scales is an experienced international investigative and security specialist who has managed corporate investigations involving fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, employee misconduct, reputational risk and compliance. He joins from BP where as their EMEA head of investigations, he led investigations into violations of BP’s Code of Conduct, and laws and regulation, including the UK Bribery Act, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Proceeds of Crime Act.
• 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.