Everest Re Group promoted a veteran executive to a newly created position within its Reinsurance division. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance added a risk control consultant to its property team in France. Zurich Canada has a new Human Resources head.


Everest Re Group Ltd. promoted Sharry Tibbitt to deputy chief underwriting officer for the Reinsurance division.

In this new role, Tibbit will report to Chris Downey, chief underwriting officer for the Reinsurance division. Together, they will work closely with leadership across the division to guide and manage the overall Reinsurance portfolio while developing profitable areas for growth and continued diversification.

Tibbit has more than 20 years of industry experience and has held numerous roles at Everest over the past nine years, including senior vice president of Property and Specialty and vice president of Treaty Underwriting. Tibbit is credited with helping to build out a profitable Treaty Property book since joining Everest in 2011, and the company says the executive was integral in the launch and implementation of the division’s new internal underwriting platform.


Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance expanded its property team in France with the addition of Jean-Fran├žois Leandri as risk control consultant.

Trained as both a boiler & machinery and fire prevention consultant, Leandri has nearly 25 years of engineering experience. He spent the last 17 years as district manager at Global Risk Consultants, where he led a Paris-based technical team responsible for risk consulting on a range of occupancies across portions of Europe and Africa. He began his carrier as field engineer at UAP Kemper HPR Company.

Leandri is based in BHSI’s office in Paris.


Scott Thomas is the new head of Human Resources for Zurich Canada, a role he has held on an interim basis since November 2019.

Thomas was previously head of Risk Services for Zurich Canada, a position that has been filled by Chris Snider.

In his 30-year career at Zurich, Thomas has held more than a dozen roles of increasing responsibility within Risk Services, including a three-year international assignment in Zurich, Switzerland, as the global capability and technical manager for Zurich Risk Engineering.

Thomas will continue to serve on the Zurich Canada Executive Committee, reporting to CEO Saad Mered and functionally to Laura Rock, chief human resources officer for Zurich North America.

Sources: Everest Re Group, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, Zurich Canada