XL Catlin Strengthens Global Energy Team with 4 Senior Appointments

May 13, 2016

XL Catlin’s insurance operations announced it has strengthened its energy team globally with four senior hires: Wayne Jacobson, Joseph Tina, Helen Watkinson and Denise Dass-Hewitt.

In the Americas, XL Catlin has appointed Wayne Jacobson as director of Energy Liability – Americas. Based in New York, Jacobson joins from Colony Specialty Insurance Co. where he was vice president for the company’s Oil & Gas division. During his nearly 40-year career, Jacobson has served in senior positions at several leading Insurers.

Joseph Tina also joins as underwriter for Energy, Liability for the Americas, based in New York. Tina also joins from Colony Specialty where he held the position of senior underwriter, leading the Oil & Gas division. He has a broad experience having worked in the energy insurance sector for eight years.

In Paris, France, Helen Watkinson joins as underwriting manager, Energy, for France, bringing with her 10 years of experience in insurance. She started her career in 2006 with Munich Re before joining Liberty Specialty Markets in London in 2008 and in Paris in 2014 as a senior underwriter, Onshore Energy.

In London, Denise Dass-Hewitt joins as a risk engineer. Dass-Hewitt has over 35 years’ experience with major North Sea operators. In her last role as vice president, Development, at BG Group, she was responsible for all operational aspects of the appraisal, concept selection and developments of the BG Brazil discoveries. Prior to joining BG, Dass-Hewitt held many senior engineering roles with Enterprise Oil plc, Repsol Exploration (UK) Ltd., Goal Petroleum plc, and Arco British Ltd.

The global team will be further supported by consultant and industry veteran, Bryan Johnson, who has recently been appointed as a consultant on the upstream account, based in Houston, Texas.

“The energy industry is facing well documented challenges around the globe,” said Huw Jones, global head of Energy at XL Catlin.

“As part of our long-term commitment to the market, we have added to and invested in our team globally to ensure we have the best talent both in terms of risk engineering and underwriting,” he added. “The need for intelligent and flexible underwriting decisions, backed up by first-class engineering capability, is stronger than ever, and as such I am delighted to have attracted these high-caliber colleagues to join our global team.”

Source: XL Catlin

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