Willis Towers Watson has made a number of executive leadership changes. The Hartford has a new head of multinational underwriting. RenaissanceRe’s finance arm has experienced several new leadership changes.
Todd Jones will become head of Corporate Risk and Broking at Willis Towers Watson.
Jones, currently co-head of North America at Willis Towers Watson, is replacing Tim Wright, who will be leaving the firm, which is the result of the January 2016 merger of insurance broker Willis Group and the professional services and analytics firm Towers Watson.
- Joe Gunn, Willis Towers Watson’s Northeast region lead of North America, will become head of North America instead.
- Carl Hess, co-head of North America, will become head of Investment, Risk and Reinsurance.
- Anne Pullum, head of strategy, will take on additional responsibilities as chief administrative officer.
The changes follow news that Dominic Casserley, president and deputy CEO of Willis Towers Watson, plans to leave the firm by the end of 2016.
Alfred Bergbauer is The Hartford’s new vice president and head of multinational underwriting.
In his new role, Bergbauer will oversee The Hartford’s International Choice portfolio of insurance products for U.S. organizations with global operations and risks. This also includes a partnership with AXA Corporate Solutions to offer local insurance coverage in up to 150 countries.
Bergbauer will report to Susan Monahan, The Hartford’s chief underwriter for Middle Market.
Bergbauer, a 30-year veteran of the property/casualty insurance industry with experience in the U.S. and Asia, previously held domestic and international leadership roles in the industry with XL Catlin, Marsh USA, Inc. and ACE USA.
RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. made a number of leadership changes in its finance arm.
James (“Jamie”) Fraser was named senior vice president, chief accounting officer, and he’ll handle forecasting, planning and analysis, controls, financial reporting and tax.
The Bermuda-based reinsurer said that Fraser will report to Chief Financial Officer Robert Qutub. He’s been with RenaissanceRe since 2009, and served as head of Internal Audit since 2011. Fraser’s executive experience includes leadership roles in finance and risk management at RenaissanceRe, XL Capital and Deloitte. His appointment is subject to Bermuda Immigration Department Approval.
Helen James was appointed SVP, global corporate Controller. She’ll report to Frazer and handle accounting and policy controls; management of the group-wide controller’s function; and legal entity, regulatory and financial reporting. James joined Renaissance Re in 2001 and has served in a number of leadership roles, most recently as SVP and controller for the company’s ventures unit.
Meanwhile, Mark Wilcox, Renaissance Re’s current SVP, chief accounting officer and corporate controller, said he’ll be leaving the company at the end of 2016 to return to the U.S. and pursue an outside opportunity.
Sources: Willis Towers Watson, The Hartford, Renaissance Re