Torus Targets New Business in Europe with Executive Appointments

July 29, 2010

Torus Insurance is “continuing the rollout of its Continental European operation,” notes a company bulletin. It announced the appointment of Esther Fittinghoff as Professional Lines Manager and Kurt Fleischmann as Senior Casualty Underwriter.

They are based in Torus’ Cologne and Zurich, offices acquired by Torus following the acquisition of Glacier Insurance AG. “Both will target buyers in Austria, Germany and Switzerland for their respective product lines,” said the bulletin.

Fittinghoff will lead Professional Lines underwriting for the three countries, reporting to Marc van der Veer, Chief Underwriting Officer of Specialty Europe. She is supported by recently appointed Senior Professional Lines Underwriter, Tobias Klein.

Reporting to Head of Continental Casualty, Thomas Guesde, Fleischmann will develop the countries’ Casualty underwriting.

“These appointments are essential to develop our operations in countries fundamental to our long-term strategy in Europe,” explained Richard Etridge, the former CEO of Glacier Insurance, now Torus Chief Operating Officer for Continental Europe. “We are committed to servicing customers across Europe; that is why we hire local experts experienced in their local markets and products.”

He added that “as part of the Zurich and Cologne-based teams, both will maximise synergies stemming from the acquisition and integration of Glacier.”

Including the two latest appointments Torus has made 12 senior strategic local appointments in Europe since January this year.

Fittinghoff joins Torus from AXA Corporate Solutions where she was a Financial Lines underwriter. Her underwriting experience also encompasses errors and omissions, fidelity and financial institutions in previous roles at AXA and Chubb Insurance. She is a graduate of the Law School, University of Cologne.

Fleischmann joins Torus from Ace where he was most recently in charge of developing the European Portfolio from their London and Dublin offices. With over 30 years of casualty experience he has worked at the insurance operations of Swiss Re, Zurich Insurance Company and Winterthur International.

Source: Torus Insurance

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