QBE Re has appointed Tim Barber as interim head of U.S. Treaty. He will be based in New York and be responsible for all of QBE Re’s reinsurance business in North America, reporting to Steve Postlewhite, global managing director of QBE Re.

Chris Larson, head of U.S. Treaty, is stepping down from the role for personal reasons and will leave QBE over the course of the next six months.

“I am delighted that Tim Barber will lead our U.S. treaty team. Tim is a highly experienced operator and will do a fantastic job continuing to develop our treaty business in North America. We continue to see considerable opportunity and remain ambitious with our growth plans for our global business,” said Postlewhite. “We are sorry to see Chris depart and join the market in wishing him and his family the best for the future.”


Duck Creek Technologies has welcomed Jess Keeney to its leadership team as chief product officer. She will lead Duck Creek’s product vision to drive value for customers, partners and system integrators.

Keeney previously worked at ZoomInfo Technologies Inc., a leading go-to-market intelligence platform, and UKG, a multinational technology company providing workforce and human resource management services, where she led product and engineering teams that delivered innovative multichannel solutions and thought leadership to customers.

“Our entire company is so thrilled to welcome Jess to lead our product group,” said Mike Jackowski, CEO of Duck Creek. “I am encouraged by her level of enthusiasm toward improving the customer experience and her forward-thinking attitude toward deepening the connection between products. Jess’s emphasis around being agile and innovative will positively impact our product vision.”


Marsh McLennan announced the appointment of Mikhail “Misha” Vanyo as general counsel of Marsh. Based in New York, Vanyo will lead all legal and compliance strategy for Marsh globally.

He succeeds Katherine Brennan, who was named senior vice president and general counsel of Marsh McLennan earlier this month. Vanyo will report to Brennan and to Martin South, president and CEO of Marsh.

Vanyo joined Marsh McLennan as the firm’s chief competition counsel in 2017, later taking on the role of Marsh’s chief counsel for Global Placement and Specialty. Prior to joining Marsh McLennan, he served as federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on antitrust, fraud and other white collar crime, and as an associate at the global law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and O’Melveny & Myers.