A Zurich North America veteran joined The Hanover Insurance Group as vice president and general counsel. Everest Re Group Ltd. hired a Hiscox veteran as chief financial officer of Everest Insurance. Two executives formerly with Beazley and Starr Companies, respectively have joined Sayata Labs in a leadership role.


The Hanover Insurance Group appointed Dennis Kerrigan executive vice president and general counsel.

He replaces J. Kendall Huber, who has retired after 20 years in the job. In his new role, Kerrigan is responsible for The Hanover’s legal, regulatory and government affairs, as well as compliance, state filings, securities, and corporate governance matters.

Kerrigan previously was general counsel for Zurich North America for more than 10 years, where he led the legal, compliance, government and industry affairs, security and regulatory affairs groups.

Kerrigan previously served as a partner in the global litigation department of an international law firm, representing Fortune 500 companies in a variety of matters, including trials, arbitrations, governmental investigations, regulatory proceedings and internal investigations.


Everest Re Group Ltd. hired Dana Lodge as chief financial officer of Everest Insurance,

Lodge will be reporting to Everest Insurance President and CEO Jonathan Zaffino as well as Everest Group CFO Craig Howie. She will be based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Liberty Corner, N.J.

Lodge joins Everest from Sompo International where she served as senior vice president and director of finance. Prior to joining Sompo, Lodge held various roles at Hiscox Insurance USA, including serving as director of finance and interim CFO. Earlier in her career, she worked at Ernst & Young LLP, culminating as senior manager of its Transaction Advisory Services division. Her roles at Ernst & Young included serving as a staff accountant in Toronto and manager of Corporate Finance in Bermuda.


Sayata Labs, an InsurTech that helps brokers and carriers maximize their cyber business, has hired two industry veterans in leadership roles.

Valorie Owens will serve as U.S. Business Development Manager. The 30+ year insurance veteran will help expand Sayata’s footprint, engaging clients on a national scale. She was most recently at Beazley as Head of Broker Relations (South Central Region) where she managed strategic broker relationships and developed growth opportunities. Prior to Beazley, Owens held executive-level underwriting roles at several blue-chip companies including Chubb and AIG.

Ben Goldfien joins Sayata as Insurance Operations Manager. In this role, Goldfien will oversee all operations, ensuring an optimal experience for Sayata’s users. Most recently, he was Senior Underwriter at Starr Companies where he managed complex professional liability risk for the New England region. Before Starr, Goldfien held underwriting roles with ACE and CNA.

They will both report to recent hire and former Beazley executive King Flynn, Head of Insurance.

Sources: The Hanover Insurance Group, Everest Re Group Ltd. and Sayata Labs.

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