AXIS Insurance hired four underwriters for its U.S. Management Liability team. Buckle, a tech-enabled financial services company, has brought on two veteran insurance executives in leadership roles. Guy Carpenter & Company appointed a new Chief Human Resources Officer.


AXIS Insurance, the specialty insurance business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd., added four experienced underwriters to its U.S. Management Liability team.

The new hires are: Christina Segreti, Drew Kushnick, Matthew Holzinger and Sherry Alexakis – all of whom have joined AXIS as Senior Underwriters.

Segreti will work across Management Liability lines, including public and private Directors and Officers Liability (D&O), Employment Practices Liability (EPL), Fiduciary Liability and Crime coverages. She was most recently a Broker for Property & Casualty lines at Gallagher. Previously, Segreti focused on Management Liability insurance products as a Client Service Associate at Marsh & McLennan and as a Financial Products Underwriter at Great American Insurance. She began her career at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as a Client Service Associate.

Kushnick’s work will also span across Management Liability lines, including public and private D&O, EPL, Fiduciary Liability and Crime coverages. Before AXIS, he was a Senior Underwriter at Chubb Insurance, evaluating and underwriting professional liability lines for private companies and large-scale nonprofits. He began his career in insurance at Chubb as a Financial Lines Underwriter. Previously he held positions of Regulatory Compliance Attorney at Interbank Mortgage Company, and Wealth Strategies Analyst at Bank of America Private Bank.

Holzinger will work closely with AXIS’ Private Equity product team and will focus on underwriting insurance products for private equity and venture capital firms as well as private equity-backed public and private portfolio company investments. He joins AXIS from Starr Companies where he was a Financial Institutions Underwriter. He began his career as a Wealth Management Associate at Merrill Lynch before transitioning into specialty insurance.

Alexakis will focus on Commercial Crime underwriting. She joins AXIS from Chubb Insurance where she was a Senior Management Liability Underwriter. Alexakis brings 15 years’ experience assessing private and non-profit companies for D&O, EPL, Fiduciary, Crime and other related insurance coverages. She started her career at Chubb working as a Claims Adjuster negotiating personal property claims before transitioning into various underwriting roles.

Separately, Alexandra Tucker also recently joined AXIS as an Underwriter for middle market private company Management Liability products, for both wholesale and retail distribution.


Buckle, a tech-enabled financial services company, has brought on two veteran insurance executives in leadership roles.

Kristi Matus, formerly Executive Advisor for Thomas H. Lee Partners and CFO of USAA, is now Buckle’s CFO and COO. Andrew Rear, CEO of Digital Partners, a Munich Re company, and an insurance and insurtech investor, has been appointed Chairman of Buckle’s Board.

During nearly a decade with USAA, Matus also served as President of Life Insurance and Investment Services and as President of the Life Insurance Company. As well, she was Executive VP and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at athenahealth, Inc. and Executive VP and Head of the Government Services Segment at Aetna, Inc.

Rear joined Munich Re in 2010, leading the Asia, Africa, and UK life businesses until 2016 when he took the role as CEO of Digital Partners, a global business that works with and invests in start-ups, digital verticals, and the gig economy with a focus on find ways to better engage insurance customers. Previously, he was a partner and head of the EMEA insurance practice at Oliver Wyman.

Buckle is a full-stack insurance company and credit platform specifically focused on rideshare, delivery, and other gig economy services, providing both providers and TNC platforms innovative insurance and credit products.


Guy Carpenter & Company appointed Melissa Hartshorn as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Hartshorn will be responsible for leading all of Guy Carpenter’s HR activities, focusing on areas including organizational structure and design, change management, performance management, training and development and compensation management. Based in New York, she will report to Peter Hearn, CEO of Guy Carpenter and Carmen Fernandez, Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer of MMC.

Previously, Hartshorn was interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Guy Carpenter, and prior to this was HR Leader for the company’s Global Operations and Global Strategic Advisory divisions. She joined MMC in 2011 and was Senior HR Business Partner at Mercer before joining Guy Carpenter in 2018.

Sources: AXIS Insurance, Buckle and Guy Carpenter

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