Arch has announced promotions in its reinsurance group to support the recent expansion of the company’s mortgage insurance and reinsurance operations.
Marc Grandisson recently assumed the position of chairman and CEO of Arch Worldwide Reinsurance and Mortgage Groups, responsible for the company’s global reinsurance and mortgage operations.
He has been with the company since 2001 and has led Arch’s reinsurance group since 2005. He reports to Constantine Iordanou, chairman, president and CEO of ACGL.
Nicolas Papadopoulo has been promoted to the position of CEO of the reinsurance group. In this role, Papadopoulo will have direct responsibility for the company’s global reinsurance operations and will report to Grandisson. He has been with the company since 2001 and most recently served as chairman and CEO of Arch Re Bermuda.
Maamoun Rajeh, who is president and CEO of Arch Re Europe, will assume the position of chairman and CEO of Arch Re Bermuda, reporting to Papadopoulo. Rajeh has also been with the company since 2001.
Scott Stirling also recently joined Arch Re Bermuda and will assume the position of CUO of Arch Re Bermuda. He has over 30 years of reinsurance underwriting experience and most recently served as vice president – underwriting officer of Berkshire Hathaway, where he previously worked with Grandisson and other members of the company’s senior team.
Michael Hammer, who has been head of credit & surety of Arch Re Europe since 2012, will succeed Rajeh as president and CEO of Arch Re Europe, bringing over 20 years of reinsurance industry experience to the role.
Additionally, Pierre Jal has been promoted to the new position of chief underwriting officer of Arch Re Europe. Jal joined the company in 2007 and most recently served as CUO of P&C for Arch Re Europe.
Jerome Halgan will assume the position of president of Arch Re US, reporting to Tim Olson, chairman and CEO of the New Jersey based firm. In addition, James Franson has been promoted to the position of executive vice president – CUO of Arch Re US and will report to Halgan. Franson succeeds Dale Vincent, who has assumed the new position of managing director in the company’s growing mortgage insurance division, where he will play a key role in developing and executing strategic initiatives.
Kenneth Vivian has succeeded Steven Franklin as the president and CEO of Arch Re Facultative. Franklin will continue with the company as a senior advisor for the reinsurance division. Additionally, Scott Montgomery and Santiago Hernandez have been promoted to the position of executive director. Montgomery joined the company in 2007 as a MD of Arch Re Facultative, and Hernandez has been with the company since 2007 as chief referral officer of Arch Re Facultative.
With respect to the company’s mortgage operations, Andrew Rippert serves as CEO of global mortgage insurance and reinsurance, reporting to Marc Grandisson, and Arch US MI is led by president and CEO David Gansberg, who reports to Rippert.
Lastly, Giuliano Giovannetti serves as president and CEO of Arch Mortgage Insurance Limited based in Ireland, reporting to Rippert.
Iordanou comments: “The new promotions and management changes will support the expansion of our mortgage insurance and reinsurance business. Our ability to promote from within is another indication of the depth and strength of the management team we have built at Arch. Having worked with Marc, Nicolas and the other members of the senior team for many years, I have a lot of confidence in them and am very pleased that they will lead our reinsurance operations into the future.”
Grandisson concludes: “Our reinsurance group is in very able hands. I believe that we are well positioned to capitalize on opportunities in the marketplace and to face market challenges. All of us at Arch would also like to thank Steve Franklin for his essential role in building our facultative group since joining us in 2007, and we also look forward to his continued involvement with the company in his new position.”
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