QBE named a new executive to be head of Global Credit & Surety for its North America insurance division. Markel appointed a new member of its board of directors.


QBE named Harpreet Mann as head of Global Credit & Surety for its North America insurance division.

In this role, she will develop strategy for enhancing this book of business in North America while building relationships with prospective business partners. Mann will report to Nicky Ablett, global head of Credit & Surety, QBE Group, and Steve Gransbury, head of Specialty Insurance, QBE North America.

Since joining QBE North America in 2008, Mann has served in a variety of leadership roles including vice president, technical underwriter for Global Credit & Surety; corporate counsel, Structured Trade and Political Risk; and associate general counsel in the Legal department. Based in New York, Mann is also the executive sponsor of QBE’s global Premiums4Good initiative in North America, which directs a portion of customers’ insurance premiums into socially responsible investments.

QBE’s Trade Credit team serves a range of sectors, including: financial institutions, commodity/natural resource trading companies, wholesalers, manufacturing and retail.


Markel Corporation appointed A. Lynne Puckett to its board of directors. She will be a member of the board’s Audit and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees.

Puckett serves as the senior vice president and general counsel of Celanese Corporation, a global technology leader in the production of specialty materials and chemical products used in most major industries and consumer applications.

Before joining Celanese in 2019, Puckett served for nine years as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Colfax Corporation, a global manufacturer of medical technology and fabrication technology products and services. Before joining Colfax, she was a partner at Hogan Lovells, a large international law firm, where she practiced corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Puckett also worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for five years.

She has served on several non-profit boards, including the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Sources: QBE, Markel