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Skuld makes senior hire to target growth in North America

Marine insurance provider Skuld has appointed Rachael Simpson as senior vice president, London P&I (protection and indemnity) operations.


Ms Simpson’s primary focus will be on business development in North America, according to the press release. She will report to Matthew Burton, head of London P&I, and assumes her new role in March 2018.


Ms Simpson has over 20 years of P&I experience. She will join from Steamship Mutual where she is the underwriting manager for its American business. Prior to this, she has held increasingly senior broking roles at Aon, Benfield Corporate Risk Limited and Marsh.


Ståle Hansen, Skuld president and CEO, said: “The North American market has been a growth area for Skuld these past years, with strong development and performance noted across all classes of P&I: mutual, fixed, charterers and offshore. Recruiting Rachael clearly demonstrates not only our commitment to our London P&I operations, but our intent to develop further our business in North America.


Alliant hires renewable expert for energy and marine group

Alliant has hired Charlie Long for its energy and marine group, where he will provide targeted solutions to the company’s international client base.


Based in Boston, Mr Long joins Alliant as vice president, with 27 years of experience across all facets of the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, including wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, and ocean power. Specialising in complex risk management, his skill set includes contract review and recommendations, loss control and programme design, according to the press release.


Prior to joining Alliant, Mr Long was area senior vice president with a global insurance brokerage firm, where he serviced a diverse client base ranging from start-ups to large public companies.


Lloyd’s broker AFL bolsters insurtech start-up focused unit

Lloyd’s broker AFL has hired George Stagg to lead its incubator division as associate director, innovation.


Mr Stagg joins AFL Insurance Brokers from RK Harrison, where he was most recently a terrorism political violence and war broker. He has experience in developing and launching new products, and proactively participates in various London market innovation groups.


The AFL Incubator actively supports and accelerates insurtech and general technology start-ups by providing them with a launch platform and access to expertise and insights, market intelligence, regulation and governance, business development, and marketing and brand-building.


AFL ceo Bob Finch said: “Without the insurance building blocks in their business, many tech start-ups exploring innovative new models wouldn’t be able to take those first steps. Being the partner of choice for these companies is fundamental to AFL – we are committed to supporting entrepreneurs and innovators, and, wherever possible, integrating new processes into our own business.


“We are now seeing a steady stream of Insurtech and general technology enquiries looking to work with us. Businesses and initiatives selected for acceleration in the AFL Incubator will also be offered flexible work space alongside our dynamic team.”