Veterans of Swiss Re and Redstone Underwriters joined Brit Global Specialty USA in executive roles. A former Goldman Sachs executive signed on with AXA as its new group chief risk officer.


Brit Global Specialty USA named Garick Zillgitt as vice president, Primary General Liability, and Justin Magee as vice president, Excess Casualty.

Zillgitt and Magee will both be based in California in Walnut Creek and Los Angeles respectively. Zillgitt will report to Mark Richards, senior vice president, General Liability, and Magee to Jon Liening, senior vice president, Excess Casualty.

The two appointments represent a strengthening of BGSU’s Casualty portfolio, led by Doug Trainor, executive vice president, Casualty.

Zillgitt brings 35 years of underwriting experience across various casualty classes. He joins from Swiss Re where he was vice president, responsible for western region territory wholesale produced E&S Casualty business. Before that, he spent five years at Rockhill Insurance Co., where he developed and launched the general liability E&S business and led the sale of the surety team to AmTrust. Previously, Zillgitt wrote casualty for QBE Americas, Fireman’s Fund and held roles at brokers Guy Carpenter and Benfield.

Magee joins BSGU from Redstone Underwriters, where he was a senior vice president, focused on contractors’ general liability. He has also held senior casualty underwriting roles at Pioneer Programs Insurance Solutions and Ironshore Insurance. He started his career at Lexington Insurance, underwriting construction risk.


AXA appointed Renaud Guidée as group chief risk officer. Currently managing director at Goldman Sachs in France, he will join AXA in September 2019, subject to regulatory approval.

The Axa SA logo sits outside the company’s headquarters in Paris, France. Photographer: Antoine Antoniol/Bloomberg

He will report to Alban de Mailly Nesle, group chief risk and investment officer and a member of AXA’s management committee.

Guidée graduated from HEC (a Paris-based business school) in 2003 and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 2007. He also passed the admittance exam to the Paris bar school in 2003. He started his career in the French Finance Ministry’s Inspection Office from 2007 to 2011, notably serving as Sherpa to Michel Camdessus, the former IMF Managing Director.

He joined Goldman Sachs in London as executive director in 2011 and was appointed managing director in France in 2015.

Sources: Brit Global Specialty USA, AXA