27 April 2015News

Markel appoints Bermuda reinsurance heads

Markel has appointed Andrew Barnard and Peta White as co-heads of its Bermuda reinsurance office, amid a global reorganisation of Markel’s reinsurance operations.

Barnard currently leads the international property and retro business, and White leads the North American property business. Additionally in Bermuda, Erik Manning, managing director, leads the alternative market initiatives and development.

Both will serve under Jed Rhoads, president and chief underwriting officer of Markel global reinsurance.

Markel’s reinsurance operations in the New Jersey office will be headed by managing directors Don Bahr and Tod Costikyan.

Bahr currently leads the casualty reinsurance segment while Costikyan leads specialty reinsurance.

In addition, Steve Leitz has been promoted to chief administrative officer for Markel’s global reinsurance operations.

Richie Whitt, president and co-chief operating officer of Markel Corporation, said: “Since last fall, Jed has transitioned to his role in leading Markel’s global reinsurance division, and he has created a management team that is strong with deep underwriting and leadership talent in each of our reinsurance platforms.”

Rhoads added: “I am excited to work with this team that includes experienced industry professionals with a wide breadth of knowledge. With this strong reinsurance leadership team, we believe that Markel will continue to be well positioned to successfully compete in today’s global reinsurance marketplace.

“We want to again thank Dave Kalainoff for his contributions to the global reinsurance division and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement, effective June 1,” said Rhoads.