Hiscox promoted an executive to become its latest chief underwriting officer in the U.S., replacing another individual who is retiring. Kemper Corp. brought in a former CNO Financial Group executive to fill a leadership position focused on communications. Hub International named two individuals in California to leadership roles.


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Hiscox appointed Eric Micheals to the position of chief underwriting officer in the U.S. He replaces Nicole Goodwin, who is retiring.

Micheals, also a Hiscox partner, will be based in New York and report to Ben Walter, chief executive officer for Hiscox in the U.S.

Micheals is an eight-year Hiscox veteran. Most recently, he was senior vice president, Head of Emerging Solutions for Hiscox, a job where he worked with Hiscox’s distribution heads to spot and capitalize upon new distribution and insurance technology opportunities. He also has served as senior vice president for the Hiscox Underwriting Center, and was the lead underwriter in establishing Hiscox’s Direct and Partnerships division in the U.S.

Before Hiscox, Michael as as a vice president at American International Group.


Kemper Corp. hired a former CNO Financial Group executive as its new assistant vice president, Corporate Communications.

In her new role, Barbara Ciesemier is responsible for external and internal communications programs for the company.

Previously, Ciesemier led the corporate communications function at CNO Financial Group. She has also held senior communications positions at Celtic Insurance Company and GATX Corp.

Kemper offers insurance for home, auto, life, health and valuables.


Hub International of California named Jason Del Grande vice president of employee benefits. Del Grande will join the San Francisco employee benefits team, which shares servicing responsibility with 10 sister offices in Northern California.

Hub has also added Maria Torres as vice president and account executive for the California executive liability team.

Del Grande will report to Mary Castiglia, executive vice president in the San Francisco Hub office.

Del Grande has more than 12 years of industry experience. He began his insurance career with internships at Gallagher & Marsh. He was most recently with EPIC Insurance Brokers in San Francisco.

Previously, Torres was a vice president and advisory specialist for Marsh Risk and Insurance Services’ financial professional insurance service team. Torres started her career with Marsh as an Insurance Assistant and ultimately expanded her responsibility to vice president and advisory specialist.

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub International is an insurance brokerage that provides property/casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment, and risk management products and services.

Sources: Hiscox, Kemper Corp., Hub International