JLT Specialty USA Announces Addition of Marine Specialty in NYC

November 23, 2015

JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), a specialty-focused provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services, announced the addition of a marine specialty practice.

The marine specialty practice comprises professionals with significant experience running marine-focused risk management practices. The individuals appointed to this team include: John G. Betz, senior vice president; Christopher J. Maro, vice president; and Kenneth M. Fichtelman, assistant vice president. All employees will be based out of New York City.

Most recently, Betz was area president for Arthur J. Gallagher and led the Blue and Brown Water Marine Practice. Previously, he was the founding partner of B&P International, and served as president from 1987 to 2004. Betz has over 30 years as a marine insurance brokerage professional, including experience in claims and claims handling.

Prior to joining JLT Specialty USA, Maro served as partner for the Howden Marine Group, where he was responsible for managing all New York operations and new business development. Maro’s previous background includes over 11 years at Arthur J. Gallagher as senior vice president working within the Marine Group with specific concentration in Marine Liabilities, Hull & Machinery and financial risks.

Fichtelman comes to JLT Specialty USA having most recently served as associate partner for the Howden Marine Group and is responsible for the direct servicing and placing of specialized programs on behalf of the U.S.-domiciled clientele. Prior to that Fichtelman was a marine insurance broker with a focus on Hull & Machinery and Protection & Indemnity coverages.

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