ace_logo_1ACE Group made six London-based appointments to its ACE Global Markets (AGM) and ACE Overseas General (AOG) energy teams, focusing on promoting from within.

Matthew Hardy is now product head AGM Energy and head of International Energy, AOG. He’ll lead ACE’s efforts to develop and deliver products for AGM energy clients’ complex international operations and risk management needs. Hardy joined ACE 19 years ago and has served in various executive roles in the energy division. In his new role, he’ll report to Matthew Shaw, divisional president, ACE Global Markets, and Roger Giddings, EVP, Global Energy, AOG.

Andy Brown is moving up the ranks in AOG Energy to become global head of Downstream Energy. Previously, he was senior underwriting officer. In his new role, Brown will lead the efforts to increase ACE’s global presence and enhance local access to ACE’s energy capabilities internationally in the downstream energy sector. He joined ACE nine years ago as an underwriting assistant. He’ll report to Matt Hardy.

Also now reporting to Hardy:

Riaz Thanduparakkal, who is moving up from energy underwriter to senior underwriter. Thanduparakkal has 13 years of experience at companies including Oman Insurance Co. in Dubai, and Marsh, as a London-based executive. He joined ACE in 2011 as an underwriter in the upstream team.

George Foxall and Chris Fagan are both promoted from assistant underwriter to underwriter. Foxall joined the London energy team five years ago as trainee underwriter. Fagan joined ACE in May 2008 as an underwriting assistant for upstream and downstream and was promoted to assistant underwriter working across both units in 2012.

Matt Bilbey has been promoted to assistant underwriter. Bilbey began his career in insurance in September 2013 with ACE as trainee underwriter in the energy team.


Alex Hindson

Argo Group International Holdings Ltd. hired on Alex Hindson as its chief risk officer.

Hindson comes to the Bermuda-based underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products from Amlin AG, where he was chief risk officer for the company’s Bermuda and Zurich operations. He’s also held management positions at Amlin plc, Aon Global Risk Consulting and the drug company AstraZeneca.

Jay Bullock, Argo’s chief financial officer, said in prepared remarks that Hindson’s “strategic leadership and extensive experience in successfully managing risk-related challenges and opportunities for global insurance providers will serve us well.”

Sources: ACE Group and Argo Group International Holdings

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