People Moves: Carpenter Hires AXA XL’s Gressier; Aon’s Bisset to Lockton Re’s Global Retro Unit; BHSI Canada Promotes Knight

June 15, 2021

This wrap-up of international People Moves details recent appointments at reinsurance brokers Guy Carpenter & Co. and Lockton Re and insurer Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI).

A summary of these new hires follows here.

Guy Carpenter & Co., the reinsurance broker and a business of Marsh McLennan, announced the appointment of Paul Gressier as managing director and head of UK & Ireland Motor and Associated Casualty, effective Aug. 9, 2021.

Paul Gressier

In this newly created role, Gressier will be responsible for leading Guy Carpenter’s motor and associated casualty activities across the region, capitalizing on the company’s analytical capabilities and local market knowledge to develop and structure comprehensive, client-focused reinsurance solutions.

Based in London, he will report to Dean Jenner who leads the UK & Ireland Property and Casualty business at Guy Carpenter.

Gressier has been providing motor and casualty reinsurance solutions to clients for 22 years. Most recently, he was head of Structured Risk at AXA XL Reinsurance, providing solvency relief solutions for clients both in the UK motor space and internationally. During his tenure as head of International Casualty at XL Re Europe, Gressier was responsible for UK motor for 15 years.

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Lockton Re, the global reinsurance business of the world’s largest privately held independent insurance broker, announced that Robert Bisset has joined the company as chairman, Global Retrocession & Property Specialty, Bermuda and Market Capital, subject to regulatory approval.

Bisset will also become a member of Lockton Re’s Global Executive Committee.

Bob Bisset

Bisset was most recently strategic growth leader for Aon Reinsurance UK, focused on driving business development across Aon’s London-based global businesses in addition to his retrocessional client responsibilities.

He began his career at EW Blanch in 1994 in the U.S., eventually joining the EW Blanch Capital Markets division which took him to London in 1998. In 2002, he transferred to Bermuda to assist in the creation of Benfield’s new Bermuda platform and later became CEO of the Bermuda office of Benfield, which was then Aon Benfield. Bisset relocated to London in 2013 and ran Aon’s Global ReSpecialty (GRS) team as CEO from 2014 to 2019.

“Bob is a great addition to our global team, he will be supporting the ongoing expansion of our Global Retrocession and property specialty offering as well as playing a key role in our new Bermuda operation and growing market capital capability,” commented Keith Harrison, International CEO, Lockton Re. ‘Bob will work with Lockton Re colleagues and clients across the business and will be based in our London office. I’m excited to be welcoming Bob to the business and our Management team.”

“Bob is a great addition to our global team, he will be supporting the ongoing expansion of our Global Retrocession and Property Specialty offering as well as playing a key role in our new Bermuda operation and growing Market Capital capability,” commented Keith Harrison, International CEO, Lockton Re.

“Bob will work with Lockton Re colleagues and clients across the business and will be based in our London office. I’m excited to be welcoming Bob to the business and our management team,” he added.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) announced that it has promoted Andrew Knight to senior vice president, head of Executive & Professional Lines, in Canada. He was previously national director for Financial Institutions business in Canada.

Knight joined BHSI in January 2016 after nearly 12 years at Chubb where he was director, Financial Institutions of Chubb Specialty Insurance, and national practice leader for Financial Institutions Property/Casualty Insurance, Chubb Commercial Insurance, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“Andrew has done an outstanding job building our Executive & Professional Lines portfolio and expanding our relationships with customers and brokers throughout Canada,” said Anthony Tatulli, head of Executive & Professional Lines, North America. “In his new role as head of Executive & Professional Lines in Canada, he will have an even broader impact in bringing our consistent, customized Executive & Professional Lines capacity to the marketplace.”

For more information on BHSI’s Executive & Professional Lines capabilities in Canada, Knight can be contacted at: Andrew.knight@bhspecialty.com.

Topics Aon Canada AXA XL Lockton

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