Liberty Specialty Announces Specialty Lines and Fine Art & Specie Appointments

February 12, 2016

Liberty Specialty Markets, part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has promoted Mike Gosselin to the role of chief underwriting officer for specialty, while also naming David Saillen as head of fine art & specie – Continental Europe.

An industry veteran with over 25 years in insurance, Gosselin has been at Liberty for the past 14 years, moving from Liberty International Underwriters’ U.S. operations in 2002 to set up Liberty’s energy practice in London. Reporting to Matthew Moore, group chief underwriting officer, Gosselin will continue as global chief underwriting officer for oil & gas.

Peter Smith remains the active underwriter for Lloyd’s Syndicate 4472 with overall accountability for all syndicate underwriting. Gosselin and Smith will work closely together on the strategy for LSM’s Specialty division, the company said.

Commenting on Gosselin’s promotion, Matthew Moore said: “I would like to congratulate Mike on his new role. At LSM we have a commitment to help people to prosper and Mike’s appointment is a reflection of that philosophy as well as the hard work and dedication he has displayed. Specialty is a core part of LSM, along with commercial and reinsurance, and Mike’s new role will further strengthen our position as one of the leaders in the specialty sector.”

In the announcement about David Saillen, LSM said he joined the company on Jan. 4, 2016 and reports to Michael Burle, LSM’s Global Product Line leader for fine art & specie. He is based in LSM’s Zurich office and will cover the whole of Continental Europe.

Burle said that Saillen’s appointment reinforces the company’s commitment to expand its fine art & specie account “on a broader international scale.”

“This is a class of business where we see a considerable number of opportunities across Europe as well as internationally. David’s experience writing this class means that he will strengthen our team across Continental Europe,” Burle added.

LSM said its fine art clients include commercial galleries, dealers and auction houses, with a particular focus on private collections, museums and fine art exhibitions. The specie risks underwritten are predominantly vault exposures for the storage of bullion, cash and negotiable and non-negotiable securities.

Source: Liberty Specialty Markets

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