Beazley Makes Two New Underwriting Appointments to Its New York Team

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed Matthew Westhoff as head of U.S. large commercial property based in New York.

Reporting to Beazley’s global head of commercial property, Simon Jackson, Westhoff will manage the U.S.-based team, working alongside the property team in London. He brings 16 years of insurance experience to this role.

Westhoff was previously a vice president at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, leading the Northeast region property underwriting team from 2014. Prior to that, he spent five years at AIG as a senior property underwriter and regional property leader for the New York Metropolitan region.

In addition, Ashley Irwin has joined Beazley as a commercial property underwriter, also in New York.

She has more than 12 years of underwriting and broking experience, joining Beazley from Ironshore (a Liberty Mutual company), where she was a general property underwriter. Prior to this, she spent 11 years at Marsh & McLennan Companies as a property broker.

Following his secondment to New York to develop the U.S. team’s strategy, Underwriter Henry O’Kill will return to Beazley’s London office in late 2020.

Source: Beazley