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Key Senior Hiring Trends Within Global Insurance, April 2022

Welcome to our insurance senior hires trends update, featuring interactive charts and a deeper dive into selected hires and internal moves over the last month.

All our insurance sector hiring data covers senior level appointments, moves and promotions, sourced from TALNT, Sheffield Haworth’s proprietary AI-driven platform for tracking executive moves, which gathers and analyses data from 300+ reputable public sources around the globe.

Of the 79 senior global insurance moves tracked over the last month, the ones that received the most interest from our subscribers on TALNT were:

  • Christian Taube, who joined Beazley as its new Head of Cyber Services – International. Taube was previously Chief Information Security Officer at Contentserv and, prior to that, he built the information security practice at DataGuard. He will be taking up his new role from Beazley’s Munich office, where he will be responsible for further developing and enhancing the company’s cyber risk management and incident response functions.
  • Charlotte Jones, who has joined Aviva as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director. Jones was previously CFO of RSA Insurance plc, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the RSA UK & International business. Prior to her time in insurance, she held a variety of roles, such as Head of Group Finance at Credit Suisse Group, Deputy Group CFO at Deutsche Bank Group, and CFO of Jupiter Fund Management, where she was the member of the board and executive committee with responsibility for finance and corporate strategy.
  • Jessica Saperstein, who has joined financial advisor and insurance firm Voya Financial as Chief Customer Experience Office. Saperstein has over 20 years of industry experience in marketing, digital transformation and global business and corporate strategy. At Voya, she will be responsible for creating and executing Voya’s long-term customer experience (CX) plan.
  • Hannah Ross, who has been appointed to Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers (BILTIR)’s board of directors. Ross is currently Chief Strategy and Capital Officer at multi-line insurance and financial services company The Argus Group, where she leads a team covering group actuarial and risk, capital and finance, and strategic performance delivery. She has been at Argus since 2010, before which she held actuarial roles at Synesis Life, KPMG, and Pension Insurance Corporation.
  • Caroline Richardson, who has been appointed to lead the new cyber practice at Bishopsgate. Richardson was previously at Miller Insurance Services, where she worked on both retail and wholesale cyber placements and solutions for global corporate organisations and facilities and grew its international and UK business. Prior to that she was Associate Director of Aon advising large professional services clients on cyber and professional indemnity programmes, and before that she was a professional indemnity underwriter with Barbican Syndicate.
  • Paula Ferreira, who has been appointed Aon’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Latin America in Reinsurance Solutions. Ferreira has worked at Aon for 13 years, most recently as the firm’s Reinsurance Solutions Growth Leader and President for Latin America. She brings 26 years’ experience in reinsurance to her new role.
  • Claudia Cordioli, who has been appointed Swiss Re’s new Group Finance Director. Cordioli has worked at Swiss Re since 2003 and held a variety of roles, most recently CFO of Reinsurance.  
  • Vanida Pillay has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the South Africa branch of MNK Re Group. Pillay will lead MNK Re’s South Africa branch with a focus on expanding the company’s Construction, Power, Single Project PI insurance (SPPI), Cyber and Decennial liability.
  • Olivia Brindle, who has joined specialty insurer and reinsurer Fidelis as its new Head of Sustainability. Brindle joins Fidelis from Swiss Re, where she was an Investor Relations Senior Manager. Her appointment reflects Fidelis’ stated focus on ESG within the firm’s underwriting portfolio, operations, and investments.
  • Emmy Pan, who has joined AXA XL as energy underwriter to its Americas Property insurance team, based in Houston. Pan joins AXA XL from Zurich North America where she managed a high volume of energy property insurance business.
  • Anna Bennett, who has been appointed director of underwriting for casualty for the UK at QBE. Bennett joined QBE in 2018, where she previously held the roles of interim director of underwriting for casualty, and European operations divisional lead for multinational and portfolio manager in the UK casualty major risks team.
  • Morris Taylor, who has been appointed Chief Information Officer for Markel’s insurance operations. Taylor’s role will include responsibility for leading Markel’s global IT function while continuing to build on critical partnerships across Markel’s insurance operations.
  • Matthew Moore, who has been appointed President of Underwriting at Liberty Mutual.
  • Susanne Figueredo Cook, who has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Liberty Mutual.
  • Phil Hobbs was appointed as President of Liberty Specialty Markets at Liberty Mutual.

Global senior insurance hires, Apr 2022

The following chart shows the overall trend in senior global insurance hires since January 2021. It shows that monthly appointments have been holding steady within a range of 75 – 95 since September last year. The peaks and dips seen in previous months have balanced out over a longer timescale.  

Global senior insurance hires by sub sector, April 2021 – April 2022

Looking deeper at senior hiring trends by sub-sector, we can see that the number of appointments in the Non-life sector remained steady after a drop in March from its annual peak in February. Reinsurance and Brokers/Intermediaries continued to remain steady, while Life/Health dropped to zero from seven the month before:

Gender balance of senior global insurance hires, April 2022

Of the new senior appointments we tracked last month, the average global gender split was 31% women and 69% men. Looking at the regions shows that, while the Americas saw the lowest proportion of female senior appointments at 25%, EMEA saw the highest at 38.1% (the highest proportion of female appointments in the region so far this year), while AsiaPAC sits in the middle, at 30%:

Top 10 companies with the most new appointments in April 2022

Here are the global insurance businesses who made the most senior appointments in April, with Willis Towers Watson clearly leading the pack: