Talbot Australia Appoints Crisis Management Underwriting Team

October 29, 2015

Talbot Underwriting Australia, the Sydney-based branch of Talbot Risk Services Pte Ltd., has established a crisis management practice with the appointment of two leading underwriters to drive growth in specialty lines in the Australasian region.

Steve Ward and Hamish McKay join Talbot Australia as senior class underwriter and class underwriters, respectively.

Ward and McKay have developed leading positions in the crisis management lines in Australia, and have experience in the provision of cover around product recall and other specialized products to leading Australian companies, the company said in a statement.

Ward and McKay join Talbot from XL Catlin, where they served as underwriting manager – specialty, and crisis management underwriter, respectively. Ward previously held various high level managerial positions at AIG in Sydney and Brisbane, and McKay worked as underwriter and underwriter assistant at QBE Insurance in Auckland, New Zealand.

Adam Matteson, managing director of Talbot Australia, said: “We are pleased to have two leading underwriters for crisis management in Australia join us. Their appointments will allow us to service a growing part of the Australasian market and support the growth of our existing platform in Singapore.”

John Ewington, CEO of Talbot Risk Services Pte Ltd., commented: “Talbot continues to demonstrate its commitment to build out its presence and capabilities in the region in order to meet clients’ needs. We are delighted that we have been able to attract two of the top market specialists in crisis management and we look forward to working with Steve and Hamish to firmly establish Talbot as a recognized leader in this highly specialized class.”

About Talbot Underwriting

Talbot Underwriting Ltd., a subsidiary of Validus Holdings, operates within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183, which focuses on specialty risks including marine, aviation, transport, energy, terrorism, political risk, accident and health, construction, contingency, financial institutions, property and treaty reinsurance.

Source: Talbot Underwriting Australia

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