5 January 2016News

Aspen appoints several global heads

Aspen Insurance has appointed several new global product heads. The firm, which operates in Bermuda, said the appointments will help better align product capabilities and distribution. Oliver Brew has been hired as executive vice president (EVP), global head of cyber risk and head of international professional indemnity. Initially based in the US, Brew will relocate to London in mid-2016.  Brew joins Aspen from Liberty International Underwriters, where he was senior vice president (SVP), head of errors and omissions (E&O). He has more than 17 years of industry experience, with strong technical and underwriting expertise.  Bruce Eisler has been named global head of professional liability. In his new role, Eisler, who joined Aspen in January 2010, will develop a growth plan across new markets and geographies.  Eisler most recently served as EVP, head of US financial and professional lines, managing an underwriting team across five offices in the US. He will continue to serve in this role through a transition period.  Don Harrell will take on the role of global head of marine and chief operating officer of international operations. He will initially join Aspen in the US and then relocate to London in 2016. With nearly 25 years of industry experience, Harrell joins Aspen from Liberty International Underwriters, where he most recently served as SVP of marine, managing an underwriting team of more than 50 and holding protection and indemnity responsibility for a significant book of business.  Tim Kania has been appointed global head of onshore energy and construction and will be based in New York. Kania brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to Aspen, most recently serving as SVP of energy and construction at Liberty International Underwriters, overseeing the growth and profitability of both US and global businesses.  Peter Slot joined Aspen Insurance in early 2015 and was appointed global head of accident and health (A&H). Based in London, Slot joined the firm from Beazley, where he was head of A&H in the US, with responsibility for both insurance and reinsurance. Prior to this, he was the regional underwriting manager, A&H UK and Ireland for AIG, and also held previous underwriting roles at Houston Casualty Company (London) and Kiln Syndicate.  Aspen previously announced the appointments of Dave Adamczyk, global head of railroad and Bill McElroy, global head of environmental. "Our new global product heads are representative of our effort to appoint the very best underwriting talent to our team and to further develop the outstanding leaders we have within Aspen,” said Mario Vitale, chief executive officer, Aspen Insurance. “They bring a wealth of experience and expertise in each of their respective areas, which will be a great asset to us as we continue to globalise our product offerings and align our business to benefit our customers and brokers.  “I look forward to working together with our enhanced and expanded team to continue to build upon Aspen’s platform for growth.”