Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty hires John Gambale as North American head of distribution for large corporate. He joins from AIG and is based in New York. Rani Christie, replaced by Gambale, now heads mid-market division and is based in Atlanta. >> Allianz Partners, which supplies lifestyle products and services to insureds (such as travel, roadside service, seniors support, and telehealth, among others), promotes Tomas Kunzmann to CEO, succeeding Sirma Boshnakova, who is now board member of Allianz SE. Laurent Floquet takes up Kunzmann’s old role as head of mobility and assistance division. >> Promotes Darren Tasker to regional head of energy and construction in North America.
This Bermuda-based MGA receives regulatory approval to stand up London and Dublin companies.
Receives U.K. approval to launch managing agent at Lloyd’s, called Ariel Re Managing Agency, which will assume management of Ariel Syndicate 1910 and SPA 6117 from Argo Managing Agency. The reinsurance managing agent is led by Darren Lednor.
This brand-new company, founded by Humana former execs Waleed Bahouth and Erik Anderson, will offer health benefits to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The fixed-budget plan allows employers to offer benefits administered by Arrow. It has 45 clients for 2023 and plans to add telehealth, behavioral health, and pet insurance.
Opens miscellaneous professional liability practice, which provides stand-alone coverage on primary and excess basis. Also offers cyber and media liability and tech E&O. Limits up to $5 million. Headed by Todd Cusano.
Forms group captives unit in primary casualty sector in the Americas and hires Mark Benz as head of that business. He moves from AIG. Joseph Davina also joins from AIG as underwriting manager for the unit.
Launches Axis Wholesale led by Carlton Maner, who retains responsibilities as head of U.S. Division. New division comprises property E&S; primary and excess casualty; programs; design professionals and environmental lines; wholesale broker-created commercial management solutions, headed by Nathan Fisk; and financial institutions coverage, headed by Christina Geller, who reports to Doug Wordekemper, named head of Axis Wholesale financial lines. Other appointments to be announced in next few months. >> Promotes Dan Draper to group chief underwriting officer, a newly formed position. >> Now offers cyber and professional liability insurance for small and midsize businesses on admitted and non-admitted basis. Targets entities with up to $2 billion in revenue.
Rebrands product recall business as Berkley Product Protection and expands offerings to include product liability, GL, and excess liability coverage on admitted basis beginning Jan. 1. Luis Rivera remains at helm, supported by SVP and product liability chief underwriter Ken Shoop (hired from The Hartford) and SVP and chief claims officer Allison Daly (previously with Marsh McLennan).
Promotes Rob Romeo to head of claims for North America, a newly created post. Promotes Andy Barberis into Romeo’s old role as head of U.S. healthcare and casualty claims as well as global surety claims. >> Introduces property, GL, D&O, professional indemnity and marine cargo in Spain as part of expansion in that market.
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