ACE Appoints Fletcher ACE Bermuda Chairman; Clabby, Gonsalves Promoted

April 21, 2015

ACE Group has announced several key executive appointments in its ACE Bermuda business.

Rees Fletcher has been named Chairman of ACE Bermuda. He joined ACE Bermuda 26 years ago, rising to the position of Senior Vice President, Excess Liability in January 2000. Fletcher was promoted to Division President of ACE Bermuda in 2004, and “has shaped the business into one of the most reputable large capacity insurers in the world,” said the announcement. In the role of Chairman of ACE Bermuda he “will provide business development guidance and risk management oversight, and will ensure the continuity of strategic relationships in the Bermuda market.”

ACE also announced that Joseph Clabby has been named Division President of ACE Bermuda. He will direct the company’s underwriting, distribution and marketing of high-level excess liability, professional liability, political risk, and property insurance coverage through non-U.S.-based brokers.” Clabby will take over from Fletcher. His appointment and relocation to Bermuda are subject to approval of the Bermuda Department of Immigration.

Clabby will also continue to serve as Division President of ACE Global Accounts, integrating his two roles to develop ACE’s multinational business. ACE noted that Global Accounts customers will benefit from his “direct role in Bermuda, one of ACE’s key global underwriting centers.” He will also be able to “apply his expertise in multinational insurance to expand ACE Bermuda’s relationships with brokers who serve the global marketplace for large accounts, deepening ACE’s penetration in this market.”

Clabby joined ACE in 2001, after advancing through management positions over the previous 16 years in related industry businesses. He served as Division President of Regional Operations for ACE USA’s nine regions from 2005, until he was named Regional President of ACE’s Continental Europe operations in 2010, where he provided leadership for ACE’s 19 European offices.

ACE also announced that Judy Gonsalves has been promoted to of ACE Bermuda. She will be responsible for ACE Bermuda’s and ACE Bermuda International’s books of business. Gonsalves will continue to focus on applying ACE’s quality capacity in Excess Liability, Property, and Professional Risk on behalf of global customers.

Gonsalves joined ACE Bermuda’s Excess Liability department as Assistant Underwriter in 1992. In 1997 she was appointed Vice President and Manager of ACE Bermuda’s Underwriting Services department. In 2001, she returned to the Excess Liability department as Senior Casualty Underwriter and was appointed Senior Vice President in 2004, with Excess Liability product line management responsibility for ACE Bermuda and ACE Bermuda International. She was promoted to Executive Vice President in April 2010.

John Lupica, Chairman, Insurance-North America, stated: “Rees, Joe, and Judy are proven leaders at ACE, who know how to apply ACE’s underwriting strengths to benefit our most important clients, especially around their complex, multinational risk. Brokers in the Bermuda market will appreciate the presence of these solution-oriented professionals who are focused on delivering high-quality capacity and expertise to this key market.”

Clabby and Fletcher will report to Lupica. Gonsalves will report to Clabby.

Source: ACE Group

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