Toby Esser News

AFL Insurance Brokers Launches Marine Division, Hires Mott from Ed to Lead Unit

Independent Lloyd’s broker AFL Insurance Brokers Ltd. announced the launch of a commercial marine division, and the appointment of Alex Mott as director of Marine. A senior marine insurance professional with 16 years of international experience, Mott previously managed the …

AFL Insurance Brokers Taps JLT’s Rowland, Alston Gayler’s Cavani for Property Team

Independent Lloyd’s broker AFL Insurance Brokers Ltd. hired re/insurance professionals Barry Rowland and Chris Cavani to augment its wholesale property team. Formerly a facilities and binder partner at JLT Re, Rowland joins AFL as director, Property & Casualty. Cavani joins …

Industry Needs to Join Insurtech Wave to Digitize Insurance: AFL’s Esser

There is a fundamental need for reform and modernization, particularly in the London market. We should be electronically processing all lines of business, not just specialty classes. Of course, we should look at ubiquitous electronic placement too. So what can …

AFL Insurance Brokers Taps RK Harrison’s Stagg to Drive Tech Innovation

AFL Insurance Brokers Ltd. announced that re/insurance broker George Stagg has joined the company to lead its technology incubator division as associate director, innovation. Stagg joins from RK Harrison, where he was most recently a terrorism political violence and war …

Lloyd’s Broker AFL Creates Property Practice, Led by Crouch from Lockton

Lloyd’s broker AFL Insurance Brokers Ltd (AFL) announced the appointment of Neil Crouch to lead its new wholesale property practice. Previously head of broking at Lockton, Crouch will pioneer the company’s expansion in the property market, initially focusing on North …

Lloyd’s Broker AFL Creates Energy Practice Led by Quick & Pearce from Tysers

AFL Insurance Brokers Ltd. (AFL) has created an energy practice headed by London market broking professionals Dominic Quick and Simon Pearce. AFL’s energy practice will serve both AFL’s clients and customers from other independent brokers connected to AFL through the …

How One Broker, CGSC, Is Navigating Stages of Entrepreneurial Business

Entrepreneurial organizations go through stages of growth, says the chief executive of one of the world’s largest wholesale insurance and reinsurance brokerages. Toby Esser, CEO of Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford (CGSC), says his company went through many transitions in …

CGSC’s Esser on Managing Wholesale Expansion and Growth

Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford’s CEO, Toby Esser, has had a busy year since we last spoke with him at the Reinsurance Rendezvous in Monte Carlo, but the company he heads (CSGC) is moving forward to realize cost savings from …

Moody’s Downgrades CGSC Corporate Family Rating; CEO Responds

Moody’s Investors Service announced that it has downgraded the corporate family rating of Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Ltd. (CGSC) to B3 from B2 “based on challenges in certain international operations, leading to a decline in projected revenues and EBITDA.” …