cm-executives-on-the-move-square-3-capsXL Catlin named a new head of Canadian Property. Swiss Re promoted three executives to both global and Asia-based positions. Navigators hired an executive to launch a new business. Finally, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors named a new vice chair.


XL Catlin named a new head of its Canadian Property Business, promoting from within.

Xl CatlinIan Rutherford now manages the insurer’s property underwriting operations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. He’s based in Vancouver.

Rutherford, a 30-year insurance industry veteran, joined Catlin Canada in 2010 to open its British Columbia branch. Before XL Catlin, he developed experience working more than 20 years at GCAN Insurance Co. (formerly Gerling Canada Insurance), where he served in various leadership and executive roles.


Swiss Re appointed three new executives in key roles.

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Steve Arora is becoming Swiss Re’s new global head of Casualty. He has worked for Swiss Re for 17 years, with background in areas including finance, risk management, underwriting, sales and general management. He’s currently head of Japan.

Arora’s departure from Japan means Atsuhiro Dodo will become the new country president of Japan. A 12-year Swiss Re veteran, he’ll be both market executive and client executive and also oversee all of Swiss Re’s Japan operations. Previously, he was head of Client Markets for P/C Japan.

Also, Swiss Re appointed Jayne Plunkett as regional president and CEO, reinsurance, Asia.

The three appointments will become effective on July 1.


David Pesce
David Pesce

Navigators Group division hired an AXIS Insurance and Berkley veteran to launch a new contract and commercial surety department.

David Pesce will work for a division of the insurer—Navigators Management Co.—and be based in Iselin, N.J. He’ll initially focus on contract and commercial surety in the small and middle-market segments, plus environmental surety.

Before Navigators, Pesce was at AXIS, where he led the expansion of AXIS’ surety division. He is also a longtime veteran of Berkley Surety Group, where he handled its contract and environmental surety business.


Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance, two business men one woman leaders executives womenhas been elected by members of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors to serve as vice chair of the group’s Executive Committee.

The group, consisting of insurance regulators and supervisors from more than 200 jurisdictions, is the international standard-setting body for insurance supervision.

The IAIS Executive Committee offers leadership and guidance in ongoing efforts to support global financial stability.

Sources: XL Catlin, Swiss Re, Navigators, IAIS