This edition of International People Moves details appointments with Swiss Re, BMS Re, and QBE Canada.
A summary of these new hires follows here.
Swiss Re Taps AGCS’s Shahkarami as Head of P&C Solutions
Swiss Re TEACH Ali Shahkarami as global head P&C Solutions, reports to Russell Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance Solutions. The appointment is effective July 2023.
Based in Munich, Shahkarami will lead a global team of insurance and data experts to deliver cutting-edge property, specialty and casualty solutions for clients in the newly launched Reinsurance Solutions division. of Swiss Re.
Shahkarami joins Swiss Re from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) where he was chief data officer. Prior to that role, he held various leadership positions at AGCS in Munich and California, from catastrophe risk modeling and research to innovation in technology solutions for underwriting use cases and related processes.
Prior to joining AGCS, Shahkarami was a lead catastrophe risk modeler at RMS, a software and technology company focused on catastrophe risks.
A civil engineer by training, Shahkarami holds a doctorate in structural engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He spent several years in the field of structural engineering and material science with specific applications in aerospace.
BMS Re Builds Global Facultative Team With 3 Hires
BMS Rethe specialty reinsurance arm of global broking group BMS, today announced the appointment of Steve Husse as managing director and facultative practice lead and And Shea as senior vice president of property facultative. Both will be based in Atlanta, Ga.
Housse, a renowned leader in the property facultative space, joins from Guy Carpenter where he led the US property practice. Housse will lead the expansion of the property and energy offering in the US. Shea joins from Lockton Re – with expertise in the hybrid, facultative mandatory, and industrial sectors.
James Elliottformer managing director of Gallagher Re, will also join BMS Re as managing director and facultative practice lead and will be based in the UK once his current contractual obligations are completed in March 2024. As global lead, Elliott and Housse will work together. together with group business leaders to build a global facultative network.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve, Dan and James to BMS Re. Their skills and experience are invaluable and will be instrumental in providing creative solutions, better serving our clients,” commented Ian GormleyUK CEO of BMS Group.
“The global facultative practice initiative will transform the way we work with insurance and reinsurance clients across BMS and the global market. Our culture and lack of silos continue to attract talent to BMS and allow us to deliver innovative solutions across territories and specialties at a time when our clients need them,” added Gormley.
“We will continue to build our facultative expertise in the US, UK, Bermuda and LatAm, and expand into other geographies. Our P&C facultative practice is evolving to work across territories delivering exactly what is needed in clients to navigate the current market,” said Pete Chandler, CEO of BMS Re.
QBE Canada hires Liberty Mutual’s Mason as Underwriting Mgr, Property
QBE Canada TEACH Melanie Mason as underwriting manager, Property, to maintain the momentum and growth of its direct and facultative property portfolio.
Leading QBE’s Property underwriters, located in Toronto and Vancouver, Mason will ensure the team continues to use its local expertise to provide excellent service to QBE’s brokers and customers. As a member of the underwriting leadership team, Mason will also help generate and establish new growth ideas.
He joined QBE at the beginning of July from Liberty Mutual Canada, where he gained more than 20 years of experience in the real estate space. He has held various roles at Liberty, most recently as national property manager and assistant vice-president Commercial Insurance, Central & Atlantic Region. He brings strong expertise and an extensive network to QBE, as well as a great enthusiasm for the property class.
Based in Toronto, Mason will report to Scott Pidduckdirector of Underwriting.
Mason replaces Property Underwriting Manager Lisa Wolfewho has been promoted to the role of portfolio manager in QBE’s Direct & Facultative International Property team, based in London, UK.
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