Beazley builds large commercial property capability in US

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed Matthew Westhoff as head of US large commercial property, based in New York. Reporting to Beazley’s global head of commercial property, Simon Jackson, Westhoff will manage the US-based team, working alongside the property team in London. He brings 16 years of insurance experience and was previously a vice-president at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, leading the Northeast region property underwriting team from 2014. Prior to that, he spent five years at AIG as a senior property underwriter and regional property leader for the New York Metropolitan region.

In addition, Ashley Irwin has joined Beazley as a commercial property underwriter, also in New York. She has more than 12 years of underwriting and broking experience, joining Beazley from Ironshore where she was a general property underwriter. Prior to this, she spent 11 years at Marsh & McLennan Companies as a property broker.

Following his secondment to New York to develop the US team’s strategy, underwriter Henry O’Kill will return to Beazley’s London office in late 2020.

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