Arch strengthens Syndicate 2012 with two promotions


Arch Insurance International has made two senior promotions at Arch Syndicate 2012.

James Croome has been named active underwriter, while Marie Biggas becomes deputy active underwriter. 

Croome was formerly vice president of fine art and specie, while Biggas was vice president of terrorism and political violence. Both executives take on their new responsibilities in addition to their existing underwriting management roles at Arch Insurance International. 

The promotion sees Croome take on responsibility for leading all activities relating to Syndicate 2012, including performance management, strategic planning and liaising with Lloyd’s. 

Biggas works with Croome to deliver on Syndicate 2012’s strategic goals. The syndicate underwrites a diverse portfolio of business, including casualty, credit and political risk, energy, fine art and specie, healthcare, marine liability, property and terrorism, political violence and war.

Croome has over 15 years of insurance market experience. Before the promotion he was vice president of fine art and specie and will maintain these responsibilities in his new position. He joined Arch in 2014 and before that was at QBE from 2005.

Biggas entered the insurance industry in 2008. She joined Arch in 2014, having previously held underwriting positions at ACE Group, Chaucer Syndicates and Amlin.

Lino Leoni, chief underwriting officer of specialty, energy, marine and financial lines at Arch Insurance International, called the pair “exceptional underwriters who will drive forward this strategy in their new leadership roles,” noting his pleasure at being able to fill the roles through internal promotions.  

Hugh Sturgess, CEO at Arch Insurance International, said: “Arch has established ambitious goals for its Lloyd’s businesses, and I am confident that they will succeed despite the current challenging market conditions.”


Arch Insurance International, James Croome, Marie Biggas, Arch Syndicate 2012, Lino Leoni, Hugh Sturgess

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