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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Bart De Wilde Head of Property, Switzerland

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has appointed Bart De Wilde to lead its growing property underwriting team and portfolio in Switzerland.

“I am very excited to be expanding our Swiss operations with leaders and teammates whose excellent capability and character will drive the best possible experience for customers and brokers seeking stable property solutions,” said Leander Metzger, Country Manager, Switzerland, BHSI. “Bart will build and lead our property team, providing our reliable capacity, risk engineering and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy to the Swiss marketplace.”

Bart has more than two decades of insurance underwriting and engineering experience. He comes to BHSI from Holcim Ltd, where he was most recently Deputy Head of Group Insurance. He holds a master’s in Industrial Sciences from Catholic University Leuven, Technology Campus de Nayer.

As part of a steady expansion of its global footprint, BHSI opened a new office in Zurich, Switzerland in 2022, where its growing team is offering a full line of commercial property, casualty, and specialty insurance solutions to customers and brokers.

Bart is based in BHSI’s Zurich office.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Announces New Leadership Roles in UK Executive & Professional Lines Business

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has announced the following leadership appointments in its UK Executive & Professional Lines business: Jess Kirby has been named Head of Executive & Professional Lines, responsible for the management and leadership of BHSI’s Commercial Management Liability, Financial Institutions and Professional Indemnity businesses. Jess is stepping into the role previously occupied by Chris Warrior who will focus on driving technical underwriting excellence across each of BHSI’s Executive & Professional Lines segments. Additionally, Tom Harris has been named Head of Commercial Management Liability, replacing Jess Kirby.

“BHSI moves into 2023 with exceptionally strong momentum in our Executive & Professional Lines business,” said Chris Colahan, Head of BHSI UK and Europe. “We look forward to continuing to provide customers and brokers with much-needed solutions that come with BHSI’s financial stability, service excellence and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy.”

Jess was previously Head of Commercial Management Liability, UK. She joined BHSI in 2018 as Senior Underwriter, Commercial D&O. With 15 years in the industry, she has held a variety of increasingly senior-level positions in the Executive & Professional Lines Business. Chris Warrior joined BHSI in 2019 as Head of Management Liability, UK. Chris has 40 years of insurance experience and will be driving continued technical development across Executive and Professional Lines.

Tom Harris joined BHSI in 2021 as Senior Underwriter, Commercial Management Liability. During his 15-year career, Tom has held a variety of increasingly senior financial lines-focused positions with both insurers and brokers.

Rounding out BHSI’s UK Executive & Professional Lines leadership team are Janine McGriskin, Head of Financial Lines, Dave Harries, Executive Underwriter and Maeve Kelleher, Head of Claims.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Cathy Miller to Head of North America Property Team

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Cathy Miller to Head of North America Property and announced several other promotions within its North America Property team.

As Head of North America Property, Cathy will oversee the insurer’s general property, energy, builder’s risk and marine business in the U.S. and Canada. She was previously Global Property Underwriting Officer. In other newly announced promotions:

• Greg Freeman has been named U.S. Retail Leader, General Property. In addition to his new role, Greg will continue to play an integral role in BHSI’s North America builder’s risk business. He was previously Head of Retail General Property, U.S. Eastern Region.

• Mark Lees has been named Global Property Underwriting Officer. He was previously Head of Retail General Property, U.S. Western Region.

• Scott Johnson has been named Head of Retail General Property, U.S. Eastern Region. He was previously Head of Retail General Property, U.S. Northeast Region.

• Alison McVeigh has been named Head of Retail General Property, U.S. Northeast Region. She was previously Vice President, U.S. Northeast Region Property.

• Manny Dewani has been named Head of Retail General Property, U.S. Western Region. He was previously Vice President, U.S. Western Region Property.

“BHSI has an exceptional team of individuals with excellent capabilities and strong character bringing our reliable capacity, risk engineering and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy to the marketplace,” said Sanjay Godhwani, President of North America, BHSI. “I am pleased to tap into our deep bench of talent in making these promotions. All of these leaders have pivotal roles to play as we continue to expand our property portfolio in North America and around the globe.”

BHSI offers a full line of property, builder’s risk and marine insurance products and services in North America and around the world.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Promotes Two U.S. Executive & Professional Lines Leaders

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has announced a pair of promotions on its U.S. Executive & Professional Lines team, naming Shelley Norman, Senior Vice President, Management Liability, U.S., and Jason Preston as Senior Vice President, Management Liability, Central Region.

“I’m pleased to elevate these two leaders to oversee our growing Executive & Professional Lines portfolio in the U.S.,” said Anthony Tatulli, Head of Executive & Professional Lines, North America. “Shelley and Jason will help lead our team as we continue to bring underwriting solutions to our customers, together with BHSI’s financial strength, and our CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy – all of which are particularly vital to our broker and customer partners.”

Shelley, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, joined BHSI in 2021 as Senior Vice President, Management Liability, Central Region. In her new role, she will oversee BHSI’s regional teams underwriting commercial public and private non-profit management liability insurance nationwide. She continues to be based in Chicago.

Jason has more than 22 years of industry experience spanning both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the business. He joined BHSI in 2021 as Vice President, Management Liability. In his new role, he will oversee BHSI’s Commercial Public and Private Non-Profit Management Liability underwriting team in the Central region. He continues to be based in Chicago.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Ups Katharina Rütz to Head of Commercial Lines E&P in Germany

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Katharina Rütz to Head of Commercial Lines E&P in Germany. She was previously Senior Underwriter, D&O, in Germany.

“BHSI’s commitment to serving our Executive & Professional Lines customers and business partners in Germany and throughout the DACH region is stronger than ever,” said Andreas Krause, Head of DACH, BHSI.

“I am pleased to have Katharina leading our talented team as we build long-term relationships in our marketplace with stable E&P solutions, backed by our long-view underwriting, financial strength, and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy,” said Carsten Keune, Head of E&P, Germany, at BHSI.

Katharina, who joined BHSI in 2021, has more than 13 years of experience in the German insurance market. She holds a law degree from Westfälische Wilhelms-University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

She will continue to be based in Cologne.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Appoints Pedro Mairos Global Underwriting Officer, Marine

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has appointed Pedro Mairos as Global Underwriting Officer, Marine. He was previously Head of Marine for the UK & Ireland at BHSI.

“Our large global footprint coupled with the substantial growth of our Marine business made now the optimal time to deepen the global leadership of our marine underwriting team worldwide,” said Dean LaPierre, Chief Underwriting Officer, Property & Marine, BHSI. “We are pleased to have such a deep bench of talent across both underwriting and claims to service our marine customers and brokers in local markets around the globe.”

Pedro joined BHSI in 2019. He has more than two decades of experience in the global marine market, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He will continue to be based in London.

BHSI offers a full range of marine insurance products worldwide, including inland transit, motor truck cargo, warehouse legal liability, builder’s risk, contractor’s equipment, ocean cargo, stock throughputs, project cargo, and marine equipment, including subsea equipment.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Anselm Waigand to Head of Risk Engineering, Germany

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has appointed Anselm Waigand as Head of Risk Engineering, Germany. He was previously Senior Risk Engineer at BHSI in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Anselm has been at the forefront of our efforts to expand our risk engineering team and capabilities in Germany and throughout the region,” said Leander Metzger, Head of Property, Engineered Lines and Risk Engineering, DACH region. “I am so pleased to have him now leading our growing risk engineering team in Germany as we deploy our deep technical expertise locally in Europe.”

Anselm joined BHSI in 2020, and has more than 15 years of engineering experience at major global insurers. He holds a degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.

He will continue to be based in Frankfurt.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Promotes Two in Ireland

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has announced a pair of promotions in Ireland: Shane O’Neill has been named Head of Property, while Ciaran Reddin has been appointed Head of Professional Indemnity and Cyber.

“Shane and Ciaran have played pivotal roles in building our portfolio and bringing BHSI’s values, bespoke solutions and excellent service to our customers and broker partners in Ireland,” said Louise Kidd, Country Manager, Ireland, BHSI. “I am pleased to recognize their contributions with these promotions. In their new leadership roles, they will further elevate our service and solutions and advance our growing and talented teams in Ireland.”

Shane joined BHSI in 2019 as Senior Property Underwriter and has 20 years of industry experience. Ciaran has nearly a decade of industry experience. He joined BHSI in 2019 as Senior Professional Indemnity Underwriter, Executive & Professional Lines.

Both Shane and Ciaran will continue to be based in BHSI’s office in Dublin.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Offers Multiple New Policies in Spain

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has introduced new Property Damage, General Liability, D&O, Professional Indemnity and Marine Cargo Insurance policies in Spain.

“Launching our proprietary policy wordings in Spain is indicative of our commitment to leading domestic and international insurance programs for customers,” said Eduardo Guinea, Head of Customer and Broker Engagement for Spain, BHSI. “Each of these new policies reflect BHSI’s simple, clearly understood wordings and deliver the certainty of comprehensive, flexible coverage to customers.”

BHSI underwrites on a net capacity basis, without accessing the reinsurance markets, which vests the company with flexibility in designing coverage and facilitates responsive, local decision-making. Foundational to all BHSI products is its CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy, which underscores the company’s willingness to offer coverage and respond with excellent service when customers face claims.

“The introduction of these new policies is an important step in our steady expansion in Spain. We look forward to continuing to grow, hiring talented professionals, launching new products, entering new segments, and expanding our geographical presence,” said Constanza Gallegos, Country Manager for Spain, BHSI.

The new policies are available immediately in Spain.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Expands Into Belgium

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has opened a new office in Brussels, Belgium, and made several senior-level appointments.

Louis du Ché has been named to the role of Country Manager for Belgium. Louis joined BHSI in 2019 as Head of Property, France, and will retain that position as well.

Frederic de Blieck has joined BHSI as Head of Executive & Professional Lines in Belgium. He comes to BHSI with more than 20 years of experience, most recently as Head of Financial Lines, Belgium and Luxembourg, at another global insurer.

Bram Boets has joined as Head of Property in Belgium. He has more than a decade of experience spanning both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the business, most recently as Senior Manager, Property, at a global brokerage firm in Brussels.

David Bogaert has joined as Head of Customer & Broker Engagement in Belgium. He has 20 years of industry experience and was most recently Head of Distribution, Belgium, at another global insurer.

Koen Dupont has joined as Head of Casualty in Belgium. He has more than two decades of experience at brokerages and insurers and was most recently Head of Casualty, France, Belgium and Luxembourg at another global insurer.

“With the opening of our newest office in Belgium, we continue to enhance our ability to serve customers and brokers throughout Europe and deliver BHSI’s certainty and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy,” said François-Xavier d’Huart, Head of France & Belgium, BHSI. “Already we have assembled a highly experienced leadership team in Belgium, headed by Louis as Country Manager. This excellent team will spearhead our efforts to further build our team, our broad range of products, and our customer and broker relationships in this key market.”

All of these BHSI leaders will be based at BHSI’s new office, which is located at 54 Avenue Herrmann-Debroux, 1160 Auderghem, Belgium.

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.