Fidelis appoints new CUO for Irish subsidiary


Fidelis Insurance has promoted Simon Crone to the position of chief underwriting officer of Fidelis Insurance Ireland DAC (FIID).

Crone takes up this role with immediate effect and will report to Robert Kelly, who was recently appointed CEO of FIID.

Kelly, CEO & chief financial officer (CFO) of FIID, said “I am pleased to have Simon join me on the Board and look forward to working together to grow our continental business.” Kelly joined Fidelis in 2018 having previously worked at PartnerRe Ireland Insurance DAC where he was CFO, head of external reporting Europe and group IFRS.

Richard Coulson, UK chief underwriting officer & executive head of bespoke & specialty insurance, said “Simon has proven himself to be a talented and innovative underwriter. I congratulate him on his appointment to this role and look forward to working with him to build out our European book of bespoke and specialty business.”

Crone joined Fidelis as a senior underwriter in 2019 from AmTrust, where he was the chief underwriting officer for the Mortgage & Credit division. He brings over 20 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from underwriting to operations to project management.

Richard Brindle, chairman and group CEO & group chief underwriting officer of Fidelis, said “Both Simon and Rob have proven their business acumen and expertise since joining Fidelis, and I am pleased to confirm their appointments to these roles. I’d also like to thank Colm Lyons, departing CEO & chief underwriting officer of FIID, for the successful establishment of our Dublin office, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. Fidelis’ Dublin office provides certainty to our clients and brokers that we will continue to operate in the EEA irrespective of Brexit, and that there will be continuity of service on our agreements. This is an important part of our business strategy, ensuring that we can continue to grow our Continental book, particularly in specialty and bespoke insurance.” 

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