Beazley Beefs Up Executive Risk Team in U.S. with 6 More Recruits

September 22, 2020

Specialty insurer Beazley has expanded its underwriting and claims presence in the U.S. with new hires for its Executive Risk team that focuses on board-level risks facing businesses and their executives.

Elizabeth Cassarino joins Beazley’s Boston team as an underwriter. Most recently, Cassarino served as an executive risk underwriter at Chubb. She previously spent six years at ACE where she held several management and underwriting positions in the professional risk division.

Jeffrey Carney also joins in Boston as an underwriter. He was previously at Aon Risk Solutions where he was senior vice president. Prior to Aon, Carney held various management and underwriting roles at Travelers, CNA and The Hartford.

Allison Keenan joins the Executive Risk underwriting team in San Francisco.Keenan joins from Chubb where she was a senior underwriter and for the past six years worked in the public company management liability team.

Mia Hennessey joins the New York-based underwriting team. She most recently worked at Zurich North America as assistant vice president in the management solutions group. Previously, Hennessey held similar positions in professional risk at Aon and ACE across the U.S.

Also in New York, Greg Staron joins the Executive Risk underwriting team, having first joined Beazley in 2011 as an employment practices liability claims manager. He switched to underwriting in 2014 and has been focusing primarily on healthcare management liability risks.

Melanie Saponara joins Beazley’s New York Executive Risk claims team and will primarily handle public company directors and officers (D&O) claims. She most recently served as a claims consultant at CNA responsible for D&O liability, employment practices liability, and representations and warranties. A member of the New York bar, Saponara previously worked at law firm Mendes & Mount LLP, specializing in insurance and reinsurance law.

These appointments further strengthen the U.S. Executive Risk team, led by Jeremie Saada and a newly formed leadership team which has brought added focus to each U.S. region.

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