Aspen to Place UK MGA in Runoff, Closes Dublin Office and Makes Executive Changes

Aspen Insurance Holdings is placing its UK managing general agency in runoff, closing its Dublin office and making a slew of executive personnel changes including naming a new CEO of Aspen Bermuda, a new group chief operating officer and a new chief strategy officer.

The company said that Aspen Insurance UK Ltd. has served notice of termination of its agency agreement with Aspen Risk Management Ltd. (ARML), which is a UK property and casualty managing general agent with a focus on UK mid-market companies.

Aspen said it expects that Aspen Risk Management will be placed into runoff and is working with the management of ARML to ensure all policyholder obligations and service requirements are fully supported and consistent with Aspen’s standards of policyholder and broker service.

The company emphasized the decision has no impact on its mainstream UK property and casualty business, Aspen Insurance UK Ltd.

Additionally, Aspen announced that it has begun the process of closing its Dublin office as a result of the proposed move of its Dublin Excess Casualty underwriting business to London. (Regarding business in the European Economic Area post-Brexit, Aspen intends to service customer needs through Lloyd’s of London’s Brussels subsidiary and other bespoke arrangements.)

“These decisions follow a review of our insurance strategy,” said a company representative in an emailed statement. “Aspen is focused on the ongoing enhancement of our Insurance business to ensure we are building value while continually providing the best services and products to our customers.”

Apollo Global Management LLC, the investment firm led by Leon Black, agreed to acquire Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. for $2.6 billion in a deal that was announced in August 2018 and was completed in February 2019.

That ongoing strategic review also led the Aspen Insurance Holdings to stop underwriting property insurance on its Bermuda platform, a move it announced in February 2018, with the aim of moving away from major property accounts that contain considerable catastrophe exposure.

Aspen’s restructuring has included changes to its executive leadership team, which are meant to “support continued operational improvement in the business and best position Aspen to capture new opportunities for profitable growth and value creation,” according to a May 14 announcement from Mark Cloutier, executive chairman and group chief executive officer.

The following changes are effective immediately:

Kate Vacher, who joined Aspen in 2002 and has provided many contributions to the company in multiple roles, most recently as group director of underwriting and chief executive officer of Aspen Bermuda Ltd., is leaving Aspen to pursue personal interests, said the company in a statement.

In addition, David Schick, former group chief operating officer, and Donald Harrell, former head of International Insurance and global head of Marine, are leaving the company, effective immediately, to pursue opportunities outside Aspen.

Source: Aspen