Buckle, an InsurTech with a full-stack insurance-as-a-service platform for the gig economy, has announced three key leadership changes:

Pedram Afshar has been named chief credit officer. He was previously chief digital and operating officer of New York Life Insurance Company and has executive credit experience from Capital One and USAA.

Gordon Ho has been appointed chief marketing officer, bringing more than 30 years of experience driving growth at Princess Cruises, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Leo Burnett Worldwide and various startups. He founded Xpertainment.com and currently serves on the Board of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) and Ronald McDonald House of Southern California.

Todd Brooks has joined Buckle as senior vice president of Sales and Underwriting. He is the CEO and founder of boutique insurance agency network Pradera Financial. He previously worked at Farmers Insurance, where he was chief underwriting officer and head of Distribution and Field Operations.


Global specialty re/insurer SiriusPoint has promoted Shams Patel to the role of chief pricing actuary.

He will continue to be based in London, reporting to both David Govrin, global chief underwriting officer, and Justin Brenden, chief actuary.

Shams joined SiriusPoint in 2008 and most recently held the position of head of Pricing and Business Planning in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries (UK).


Corvus Insurance, an MGA focused on providing smart commercial insurance products through artificial intelligence-driven risk data, has named Oliver Delvos as head of International.

He will start at Corvus this summer.

In this new role, Delvos, who currently leads global cyber underwriting at Zurich Insurance Group, will develop and implement Corvus’s long-term operational and organizational strategy for territories outside of the U.S., with an initial focus on Continental Europe. He will also lead Corvus’s office in Frankfurt, Germany, slated to open later in 2022.

Corvus kicked off 2022 with its acquisition of Tarian Underwriting Ltd, a cyber underwriting platform that underwrites on behalf of a consortium of Lloyd’s syndicates with an international footprint covering the UK, U.S., Middle East, Canada and Australia.