People Moves: Hartford’s Kirk Joins Acrisure; Hamilton Select Welcomes Minarik From AmWINS, James River’s Kirkland

May 16, 2022
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Insurance broker Acrisure has appointed Matthew Kirk as executive vice president and head of Insurance Strategy and Execution.

Kirk joins Acrisure following 16 years at The Hartford, where he served as senior vice president and chief officer, Sales & Distribution, for small commercial lines.

Kirk will focus on execution of Acrisure’s wider insurance plans, including its artificial intelligence-based technology, managing general agency platform, value chain compression and carrier partnerships.

Matthew Kirk

In this new leadership role, Kirk will join Acrisure’s executive leadership team and will report to Grahame Millwater, president of Global Insurance.

Kirk joined The Hartford in 2006 as director of Government Affairs. In 2012, he joined Sales and Distribution for commercial markets.

Prior to his time with The Hartford, Kirk was deputy assistant to President George W. Bush in the White House office of legislative affairs and worked in the office of U.S. Senator Don Nickles.

Hamilton Select Insurance Makes Senior Underwriting Appointments

Specialty insurer Hamilton Insurance Group announced the appointments of Devon Minarik as head of U.S. Small Business Casualty Insurance and Logan Kirkland as head of U.S. Products Liability & Contractors Insurance at Hamilton Select Insurance, its new excess and surplus lines insurer.

Devon Minarik
Logan Kirkland

In these new roles, Minarik and Kirkland have responsibility for the development of their respective lines of business.

Reporting to Hamilton Select Insurance CEO Clay Rhoades, Minarik and Kirkland are based in Richmond, Virginia.

Minarik most recently spent over a year as vice president at AmWINS Group, prior to which he spent over a decade with Burns & Wilcox in senior roles, ultimately serving as managing director for several years prior to his departure. Hamilton’s new U.S. small business casualty division is targeting general liability insurance for a range of contractors and premises driven accounts and other general liability exposures for small businesses.

Prior to joining Hamilton, Kirkland was an underwriting specialist at James River Insurance Co., handling large, complex, national products and construction accounts. Before that, he was a property underwriter and property/casualty broker at Continental Underwriters. Kirkland’s new U.S. division is focused on a broad range of hard-to-place manufacturing and construction risks.

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