A veteran of the Navigators Group joined Signal Administration in a leadership role. Markel Surety picked a executive to lead a new National Accounts Segment. Managing General Underwriter DUAL appointed a leader for its North America unit.


A veteran of the Navigators Group joined Signal Administration in a leadership role.

Carole Kirk is the new chief financial officer for Signal, a Wilton, Conn.-based company that bills itself as the country’s largest provider of Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act benefits.

Carole Kirk

Kirk will report to Richard Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Signal Administration.

Kirk has more than thirty years of experience in financial management oversight and directing strategic global business project initiatives in insurance and reinsurance, including working with the Lloyd’s of London market and European-based companies. Most recently, she served for six years as senior vice president, chief accounting officer and Group Controller of The Navigators Group, prior to its acquisition by The Hartford.


Michael Bond will lead a new National Accounts Segment at Markel Surety, a part of Markel’s Specialty division.

Bond joined Markel on Dec. 31. His background includes roles as the U.S. Head of Surety for both Euler Hermes and Zurich Surety.

The target market for the National Accounts segment includes contractors with larger program needs up to $500 million, co-surety accounts, reverse-flow business, and Fortune 2000 commercial accounts. Markel Surety’s Core Accounts segment will continue to be led by Lindey Jennings, Chief Underwriting Officer, Markel Surety, and will include its legacy business.


James O’Connor

Managing General Underwriter DUAL, the underwriting arm of Howden Group Holdings, appointed James O’Connor as CEO, DUAL North America.

O’Connor will also be a member of DUAL’s Group Executive Committee, reporting to Richard Clapham, CEO, DUAL Group.

O’Connor joins DUAL Group from Willis Towers Watson where he was most recently EVP and Head of Middle Market & Specialty Broking, North America. He has an extensive career that includes 14 years with WTW and 18 years with Marsh as a managing director in their Dallas and San Francisco offices.

Sources: Signal Group, Markel, DUAL