Specialty News

Hanover Insurance Enhances Specialty Leadership; Mills to Lead E&S

The Hanover Insurance Group has expanded its specialty leadership team to enhance as part of a series of personnel changes the company has made to its specialty business over the last year. The Hanover announced it has appointed Steven M. …

Penniall’s Integrity and Creativity Highlighted in Monarch’s Knightly Ads

Don Penniall beat “dilly-dilly” to the punch a long time ago. Penniall was a creative, well-liked insurance professional who had the fortitude to launch his own firm later in life, those who remember him say. Penniall died on Sept. 23, …

Beazley Taps HCC Global’s Segovia to Lead Financial Lines on Continent

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed Lorena Segovia to the newly created role of financial lines regional manager for continental Europe. Based in the company’s new Barcelona office, Segovia will be responsible for the development of Beazley’s specialty lines business across …

Fidelis Sponsors MGA to Expand into Niche Specialty Reinsurance

Fidelis Insurance announced that it is further developing its niche specialty offerings by sponsoring a new managing general agent that focuses on specialty reinsurance. Fidelis said it will be providing investment and cornerstone capacity for the MGA, which is expected …

Hamilton Re Announces Management Team Appointments

Hamilton Re, the Bermuda platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced the following appointment and senior role changes in its management team: Minesh Shah has joined Hamilton Re in the newly created role of senior vice president, Actuary. Shah reports to …

California Surplus Lines Are Now A Bigger Chunk of the Commercial Market

The phrase “new normal” might be a cliché, but it was too hard for Ben McKay, executive director of the Surplus Lines Association of California, to avoid using when describing the state’s excess and surplus market in 2016 and going …

Lloyd’s America Chief Says E&S Sector ‘Best Kept Secret’

If insurance is the best kept secret in the business world, then the E&S sector is the best kept secret in the insurance industry. That’s according to Hank Watkins, president of Lloyd’s America, who talked fondly on Thursday about excess …

Ironshore International Buys Sydney-Based Savannah Insurance Agency

Ironshore International has acquired the Savannah Insurance Agency of Sydney, Australia, effective immediately. The Savannah Agency team of underwriters will join Ironshore Australia offices, broadening its regional presence by offering select specialty business lines. Katherine Simmonds, managing director of Ironshore …

Hiscox Launches Product Recall Team in London, with 4 Appointments

Specialist insurer Hiscox has established a new product recall team within its London Market business with four new hires. Heading up the team is David Burke, who comes to Hiscox from Catlin after almost 30 years in the insurance industry …

NAPSLO Panel: Tech Disruption May be Good for E&S Market

“There are no rules. If you can figure out how to quantify a risk and define it, then you can insure it.” Hank Haldeman, president of the board of directors for the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, sounded …