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Kathy Reid Named Head of Casualty, North America, at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Kathy Reid to Head of Casualty, North America.

“Kathy has been a major driver of BHSI’s growth in the casualty marketplace since our very beginning,” said Sanjay Godhwani, President, North America Region, BHSI. “She embodies the excellent capabilities and strong character that define our team around the globe, and I am pleased to have her in this leadership role where she can have an even greater impact as a leader to our teammates and a partner to our customers and brokers.”

Kathy has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience. She has been Senior Vice President at BHSI since 2013.

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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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Promotes Two to Key Leadership Roles

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Sanjay Godhwani to President, North America Region, and David Bresnahan has been promoted to Global Chief Operating Officer.

“Sanjay and Dave have been pivotal in the building of BHSI since our launch in 2013, helping to build our product lines, our talented team and our positive culture,” said Peter Eastwood, President and CEO, BHSI. “In their new roles, they will have a continued positive impact on our team and our ability to bring certainty and service excellence to our customers and distribution partners around the globe.”

Sanjay will be responsible for all North America Region underwriting and underwriting support groups, customer & broker engagement, and BHSI’s Global Catastrophe Engineering & Analytics group. Sanjay has more than 25 years of industry experience and is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He continues to be based in Boston.

Dave has more than three decades of insurance industry experience. In his new role he will oversee real estate and administration, finance, audit, information technology and operations throughout BHSI’s global platform. He continues to be based in Boston.

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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 the 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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Ups Angela Meyer to Head of Life Sciences, North America

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Angela Meyer to Head of Life Sciences in North America. She was previously Head of Life Sciences for the Southeastern region of the U.S.

“Angela has played a major role in building our North American Life Sciences portfolio for the last seven years, bringing exceptional technical acumen and creative problem-solving to these complex and evolving risks,” said Steve Harris, Vice President, Casualty, BHSI. “In her new role, she will lead our efforts to further expand BHSI’s presence in the Life Sciences market with our stable capacity, financial strength and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy.”

Angela joined BHSI in February 2014, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry.
BHSI provides Products Liability, Professional Services Liability and Clinical Trials Liability coverage for Life Sciences companies, including multinational programs with local policy issuance capabilities in 170 countries.

Angela will continue to be based in Atlanta.

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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 the 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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Announces Two Promotions in UK

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Chris Warrior to Head of Executive & Professional Lines in the UK, and named Jessica Kirby as Head of Commercial Management Liability Insurance in the UK.

“BHSI has a rigorous recruiting process that enables us to build our global team with individuals who possess both exceptional capabilities and strong character,” said Vanessa Maxwell, Country Manager, UK, BHSI. “And with our deep bench of talent, we are pleased to be able to give our teammates excellent opportunities to advance in our nimble and always growing organization. I look forward to seeing all that Chris and Jess will achieve for BHSI and our E&P lines customers in their new roles.”

Chris joined BHSI in 2019 as Head of Management Liability for the UK and Ireland. In his new role, he will oversee BHSI’s UK team and portfolio across all Executive & Professional Lines, including Management Liability as well as Professional Indemnity, Cyber and Transactional Liability Insurance. Chris has nearly two decades of experience underwriting in the UK marketplace.

Jess Joined BHSI in 2018 as Senior Underwriter, Commercial D&O. In her new role as Head of Commercial Management Liability for the UK, she will oversee the team and portfolio she has played a critical role in building for BHSI in the UK. Jess has nearly 15 years of experience in the UK Financial Lines market.

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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 the 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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Opens Office in Frankfurt

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has expanded in Germany, opening a new office in Frankfurt. The company already has offices in Cologne and Munich.

“BHSI is committed to building long-term relationships by providing sustainable technical underwriting solutions and excellent service,” said Andreas Krause, Country Manager, Germany. “Being close to our customers in the important financial center of Frankfurt will advance these efforts and is especially important now, with our team and our insurance portfolio growing so substantially in Germany.”

Underwriters from across all product lines, including property, casualty, and executive & professional lines, as well as BHSI risk engineers, will be based in Frankfurt.

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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 the 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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Adds to U.S. Accident & Health Team

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has appointed Beth Freeman as Senior Vice President, Accident & Health Underwriting, and Ken Gumbiner as Senior Vice President, Accident & Health Sales.

“As we expand our A&H capabilities in the U.S., we are so pleased to have Beth and Ken, two exceptionally experienced A&H professionals, to lead these efforts and deliver the full value of BHSI’s brand, financial strength and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy to the marketplace,” said Phil Gardham, BHSI’s Senior Vice President, U.S. Accident & Health, and Head of Medical Stop Loss. “As we grow our product portfolio, we are continuing to expand our Medical Stop Loss appetite, recently forged a new partnership to provide A&H programs for international students, and we will be launching new A&H products soon.”

Beth comes to BHSI with more than 25 years of experience underwriting an array of A&H products and was, most recently, AVP, A&H Underwriting and Program Business, at Companion Life Insurance Company. Previously, Beth served as Chief Underwriting Officer at Montgomery Management/Spectrum Underwriting Managers, a division of Companion Life. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.

Ken brings more than three decades of industry experience to his new role at BHSI and was, most recently, SVP, Head of Accident & Health Sales, North America, at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Previously, Ken served as Executive Vice President of Sales, IHC Risk Solutions. Ken attended Union Bible College in Westfield, Indiana.

Beth will be based in Philadelphia and Ken will be based in the BHSI office in Indianapolis.

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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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Appoints David Harries, Executive Underwriter, E&P, UK

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has announced that David Harries has joined the company as Executive Underwriter, Executive and Professional Lines, UK.

“David will play a key role as we continue to expand our Executive and Professional Lines portfolio, and we are pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Vanessa Maxwell, Head of E&P, UK. “His great depth and breadth of underwriting and leadership experience further elevates our ability to problem-solve with customers and deliver highly customized solutions, backed by unparalleled financial strength and claims service.”

David has more than three decades of experience in both Lloyd’s and company markets in the UK. He was most recently Active Underwriter DCH386 and Head of Financial Lines at QBE Insurance. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen Mary University of London.

David is based in BHSI’s office in London.

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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty insurance Names Constanza Gállegos as Country Manager, Spain

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has added Constanza Gállegos to its leadership team in Europe as Country Manager, Spain.

Constanza has nearly 24 years of experience in the European insurance industry. Most recently, she was Head of Distribution, Europe, at QBE Insurance, where she spent 14 years in increasingly senior positions. She holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

“BHSI has been expanding rapidly, bringing consistency and stability to customers across Europe,” said Chris Colahan, Head of Europe, BHSI. “With her extensive industry experience and relationships, Constanza will play a pivotal role in accelerating our growth in Spain, and we are excited to welcome her to our team.”

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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.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Offers Directors & Officers Liability and Professional Indemnity Policies in Ireland

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has added to its customized suite of Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability and Professional Indemnity policies, for customers in Ireland.

The company has launched a new suite of Professional First coverages that includes Architects, Engineers & Consultants Professional Indemnity and Project Specific Professional Indemnity, Design & Construct Liability and Miscellaneous Professional Indemnity Insurance.

These new products expand BHSI’s capabilities in Ireland by offering primary solutions to customers in the Commercial Professional Indemnity space. In Ireland, BHSI already provides primary solutions via its Executive First Directors & Officers Liability Insurance for commercial customers and Professional First Asset Management Liability and Financial Institutions Civil Liability for financial institutions.

“Companies in the Irish market face growing and evolving management and professional indemnity exposures at the same time they are navigating challenging and uncertain insurance market conditions,” said Caoimhe Gormley, Executive & Professional Lines, Ireland. “BHSI is pleased to provide companies across Ireland with a wide range of new Executive & Professional Lines options backed by the certainty of stellar financial strength, our long-view underwriting, and the excellent service that comes with our CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT® philosophy.”

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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 the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Expands Casualty Capabilities to Energy & Technical Lines in the UK

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has launched Energy and Technical Lines Casualty products in the UK and established a dedicated London-based Energy & Technical Lines underwriting team.

The company’s UK Casualty Energy & Technical Lines team includes:

• Oliver Brown, Manager, Energy Casualty. He comes to BHSI with 20 years of experience in technical energy risks. He most recently spent 10 years at AXA XL as Class Underwriter, Energy Casualty.

• Penny Wang, Senior Energy Casualty Underwriter. She joins BHSI with 16 years of energy casualty experience, most recently as Senior Casualty Underwriter at Starr Companies.

• James Emson, who has been promoted to Casualty Manager, Technical Casualty, UK. He was previously Senior Casualty Underwriter, UK.

• Jack Erritt, Technical Casualty Underwriter, UK. He was most recently Energy Casualty Underwriter at AIG.

“We are pleased to expand our casualty capabilities with the deep technical risk expertise of our new team,” said Hilary Browne, Head of Casualty, UK & Europe. “Now BHSI can provide both technical Casualty and Property solutions, backed by stellar financial strength and service, to energy operations and other technical risks across the U.K.”

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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 the 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.