XL Group said it has “has strengthened its Marine team by appointing Jonathan Eaton as Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Cargo and Neil Cole as Global Business Manager, Marine.” Both Eaton and Cole are based in London and report to Lee Meyrick, Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Marine and Offshore Energy.
Meyrick commented: “These appointments signify our ambition and commitment to drive the growth of our Marine business globally including in a number of emerging markets, specifically Asia Pacific and Latin America. Both Jonathan and Neil have the credentials, experience and technical skills to help us take our Marine business forward.”
Eaton joins XL Group from Aviva, where he was Head of Specialty Lines responsible for the Marine, Construction Power & Engineering, Legal Indemnity, Surety and Accidental & Health business written from the UK. He joined Aviva in 2012 and prior to promotion, was Head of Marine. Between 2009 and 2012 he held the position of Head of Global Cargo at AIG, with responsibility for leading the company’s worldwide Cargo portfolio.
Cole joins XL Group from Zurich where he held the position of General Insurance Underwriting Manager, Marine. His appointment at XL Group marks a return to the business; between 2003 and 2007 he worked as a Senior Claims Adjuster specializing in Marine claims for the Group. In 2007 he joined Starr Companies as International Claims and Production Operations Manager for Marine, this role involved setting up claims facilities in the UK, Europe and Asia.
XL also noted an the earlier appointment of Mauricio Giuntini joined as Head of Marine, Brazil, to lead the company’s Brazilian marine insurance business, reporting to Meyrick. He noted Giuntini’s “broad experience in roles which include underwriting for both insurance and reinsurance; brokerage, as well as sales and marketing, with an in-depth knowledge of the Latin American insurance market. We expect him to develop and launch new products and to drive expansion in our business, growing his team as necessary to serve the important Brazilian market.”
Source: XL Group