Liberty Mutual, Arch Reinsurance, The Hartford, AXIS Capital and PURE Insurance were among the P/C insurance and reinsurance enterprises announcing executive appointments, organizational structure changes and promotions during the month of March—all moving executives into new positions.


Liberty Mutual Appoints Claims, Services Leader

Liberty Mutual Insurance appointed Amit Khanna to the role of Chief Claims and Service Officer, U.S. Retail Markets (USRM), effective March 25.

Amit Khanna

Khanna will oversee the strategic and operational direction of Liberty Mutual’s personal lines and small commercial claims, and customer and agent service organizations.

Khanna joined Liberty Mutual in 2004 and held a variety of roles in finance, strategy and analytics. For the past decade he has been a leader in the claims organization, most recently as senior vice president and manager, U.S. Property Claims, and prior to that in a similar role managing US Auto Physical Damage Claims. He reports to USRM President Hamid Mirza.


Arch Reinsurance Group Promotes Three

Arch Reinsurance Group announced the promotions of three senior executives, effective April 1: Jerome Halgan, Vanessa Hardy Pickering and Lester Pun.

Halgan will be president and chief underwriting officer of Arch Reinsurance Group, in addition to maintaining his role as CEO of Arch Reinsurance Ltd. (Arch Re Ltd.). In this expanded role, he will also oversee underwriting strategy, operations and approach across the group. Halgan joined Arch in 2009, and his leadership to encourage innovation, collaboration and strengthen relationships with clients has strongly contributed to the growth and continued success of the business, Arch said.

Vanessa Hardy Pickering will be chief financial officer of Arch Reinsurance Group. In this role she will work closely with Reinsurance CFOs across the company to shape the future state of the finance department. Her track record of supporting strategic growth plans, leading strong teams and serving as a trusted partner makes her a natural fit for this new role. Hardy Pickering joined Arch in 2021 and most recently served as the CFO of Arch Re Ltd.

Lester Pun will be chief operating officer of Arch Reinsurance Group where he will drive the execution of key transformation projects across the company, including oversight and support of its data strategy initiative. With more than two decades of actuarial and operational experience, Pun has the practical know-how to bring Arch Reinsurance Group’s future ambitions into reality. He joined Arch in 2018 and most recently served as chief actuary of Arch Re Ltd.


The Hartford Combines Ops and Technology; Soni to Lead

Earlier this month, The Hartford announced that the carrier expanded Deepa Soni‘s role as chief information officer and head of Technology, Data, Analytics & Cyber to include Operations

Deepa Soni

The Hartford is bringing together its Operations and Technology, Data, Analytics & Cyber functions under Soni’s leadership to advance the company’s strategy and deliver exceptional value to customers and business partners.

“Over the past several years, we have invested aggressively in technology—expanding digital capabilities, simplifying processes and platforms, and applying data, analytics and artificial intelligence to enhance products, services and customer experience across the enterprise,” said The Hartford’s Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift. “Combining customer-facing operations with our technology centers of expertise accelerates the benefits of our investments and supports the company’s ambitious growth agenda.”

The Hartford also announced that John Kinney, who joined The Hartford in 2003 and has led Claims and Operations since 2021, will leave the company effective April 5. Steve Deane, the company’s chief claims officer, will now report directly to Swift.

Soni, who remains a direct report to Swift, joined The Hartford in 2019 after growing her career in the banking sector. Since assuming her current role in 2021, she has led the company’s technology transformation, including migration to cloud-based digital platforms, and increased use of automation/artificial intelligence and advanced data and analytics.


Dejung is AXIS Capital Cyber & Tech CUO

In early March, AXIS Capital announced the appointment of Simon Dejung as chief underwriting officer, Global Cyber & Technology (GCT).

Dejung became responsible for overseeing underwriting profitability across the GCT global platforms including North America, Europe, and the London market. In his new role, he will also help to drive strategy and elevate standards in underwriting and enterprise portfolio management.

He will be based in Zurich, Switzerland, and report to Lori Bailey, head of Global Cyber & Technology.

Dejung brings deep knowledge of cyber and specialty lines insurance and reinsurance and joins AXIS from SCOR where he spent 13 years, most recently serving as cyber CUO.

Before joining the insurance industry, Dejung held senior technical roles across various sectors, including science, engineering, and energy.


PURE Fills Two Key Leadership Roles

Earlier this month, Privilege Underwriters, Inc. (PUI) and the affiliated companies of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies (PURE) announced two new leadership appointments: Drew Saad joined as chief underwriting officer and Dea Malollari was promoted to the chief risk officer role. The appointments came on the heels of Martin Leitch and Dave Logan assuming the roles of Chief Executive Officer and President, respectively.

As CUO. Saad will oversee PURE’s underwriting and product teams. Saad previously served in senior underwriting and product leadership roles at Allstate, Farmers Insurance and Zurich Insurance Group, bringing more than 15 years of technical expertise and strategic perspective in both personal and commercial lines to the new role at PURE.

Malollari is expanding her role with the appointment to CRO while retaining current responsibilities as chief actuary. In her new role, she will chair PURE’s Risk Steering Committee and serve as the liaison between PURE’s internal audit team and Tokio Marine Holdings’ risk management group. (Tokio Marine acquired PUI in 2019.)