Charlotte, N.C.-based broker AmWINS Group Inc. announced the appointment of Darren Nightingale as chief executive officer of its London-based managing general agent, Unicorn Underwriting.
Nightingale will be joined by Julian Cashen from Liberty Underwriting as class underwriter, motor fleet. Together they will focus initially on specialist motor fleet business including passenger and road transport industries based in the U.K.
Unicorn, which recently secured backing from AA+ rated Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Ltd. to write motor fleet business, has ambitious plans and will add further lines of business in due course.
Nightingale, who becomes Unicorn Underwriting’s CEO subject to FCA approval, has almost 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, gained through a variety of broking and underwriting roles mainly within the specialist motor fleet sector. He was previously the managing director of Lloyd’s broker Thompson Heath & Bond’s London Market division. His experience in the industry has brought him into contact with many brokers and commercial clients and he looks forward to continuing those relationships in his new role.
Cashen also brings 30 years’ underwriting experience to Unicorn. As a motor fleet specialist, particularly for bus and coach business, Cashen is highly regarded in the passenger transport industry to which Unicorn will become a major insurance provider.
Nightingale said: “I am extremely pleased to take up the opportunity to lead Unicorn, which is bringing substantial underwriting expertise and financial clout to the motor fleet sector. With the backing of Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Ltd., combined with our specialist sector experience and relationships, Unicorn is in a strong position to offer an outstanding, dedicated service to clients.”