Gerard is an International Insurance Executive who has operated for the past 15 years at Board and Executive Management level with underwriting P&L responsibility and has more than 25 years of experience with international blue-chip insurance companies (i.e. UAP International, Axa Corporate Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe) and private equity owned insurance companies (i.e. ANV Group), in both underwriting management and broader corporate development roles.
Gerard is acknowledged for an exceptional track record of profitable premium growth and the creation and delivery of underwriting transformation and turnaround plans, as well as building new businesses and launching new products across multiple channels of distribution, with experience of raising PE capital for business acquisitions.
Gerard hold a Business Economics degree from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and a Mathematics degree from the St Amandus Institute of Ghent, Belgium.
Gerard is fluent in Dutch, French and English.
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has extensive insurance experience.
Prior to joining Alta Signa, David was Chief Executive Officer of SureStone Insurance Dac, having previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer.
David joined SureStone from FBD Insurance Plc, a listed Irish Insurer, where he worked for 12 years and held various senior finance roles, most recently as Group Head of Finance.
Prior to joining FBD, David was an audit manager with Deloitte in Dublin.
Adam spent 30 years in private practise as a barrister, solicitor and US attorney.
He practised law in London and New York for a global law firm and spent 10 years on the firm’s management committee. He then moved in-house, where he acted as General Counsel, Deputy Chairman and/or Claims Director for various insurance start-up businesses.
He has been Chair of the European Chapter of PLUS and International Vice President of the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Adam specialises in Lloyd’s, Company and MGA corporate governance and on helping to resolve complex commercial disputes.
Alex is an experienced insurance software and operations manager.
Prior to joining Alta Signa Alex held for 6 years the role of Head of Operations responsible of rolling out digital transformation projects that consist in adding new digital and MI capabilities to the architecture map in order to streamline business processes to underwriters and claims handlers.
Prior to that he was 16 years with Accenture in various roles amongst other Software Product Manager, and in various other project manager functions deploying insurance platforms into this industry.
Alex holds a Master in Finance from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, a Postgraduate in Digital Transformation from UPF Barcelona School of Management. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Catalan.
Prior to joining Alta Signa, Leanne spent 15 years working in Legal and Insurance industries.
Leanne started her career at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP in London as a Legal Secretary and has also worked at Carter Perry Bailey LLP.
In 2011 she joined ANV as an Executive Assistant to support Senior Management.
Leanne currently provides administrative support to Alta Signa, with particular focus on Human Resources and Claims.
With more than a decade of insurance experience as both an Underwriting Director and Business Development Manager, based in various European countries, Dennis holds a deep understanding of the unique needs of the markets.
Before joining Alta Signa, Dennis was Underwriting Director – Professional Lines at ANV Global Services, from 2014 to 2019, based in Barcelona. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2014, Dennis held several roles at Liberty International Underwriters, these included being Financial Lines Manager for the CEE and CIS Region and Sales and Development Manager across all lines.
Dennis is a German qualified lawyer and holds a law degree from the University of Munich, Germany and has studied in Madrid, Spain. He has worked as a lawyer in Germany, Chile and South Africa.
Dennis is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.
Marina is an experienced insurance professional leading our Italian office, based in Milan. Her career to date has seen a strong focus on Financial Lines underwriting and Marina has deep insights into the trends and developments in this fast-moving sector.
Marina spent a significant part of her career working for Chubb Insurance Company, working her way up from trainee level to company management. She stayed with CIC when it was acquired by ACE, leading the merger of the two companies' books and teams in her capacity as Financial Lines Manager.
Subsequently, Marina joined Navigators as Financial Lines Manager, where she was also active as a management and professional liability underwriter.
Marina holds a degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. She is fluent in Italian and English.
Mark started his career as a management trainee at Aon in the company's Casualty Insurance department. In 1992 he moved to Marsh, the broker, where he worked for 20 years in various broking and management roles in the Casualty and Financial Lines arena.
As a manager at Marsh, Mark led a number of departmental practices including Casualty, Risk Management, FINPRO, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions, and Financial Institutions.
In 2013 Mark joined Torus to manage and develop their Financial Lines and Professional Liability book of business. Soon after, he joined Navigators to set up a company office in Rotterdam and was responsible for the development and management of the Benelux Financial Lines, Professional liability and Casualty business lines.
Mark holds a University of Applied Sciences/Business School (HEAO/HES) degree and completed the in-house Marsh Accelerated Leadership Program.
He is fluent in Dutch, English and fully conversational in German.
Jérôme started his career in 1999 as a claims handler at Groupama and soon after participated to the launch of a small broking firm – ASSOR – specialized in car and home insurance.
Following his time at ASSOR, Jérôme worked for several leading insurance companies in France. He worked for AIG Europe as a professional indemnity underwriter for regulated and non-regulated professions, as well as for ACE Europe to develop the company's PI department.
In 2010 Jérôme joined Torus to open the company's French branch and led the Professional Indemnity and Financial Institutions department, where he worked with French, European and Middle Eastern brokers. In 2014, he joined Navigators to set up the company's Paris office and was responsible for PI/FI and Cyber departments and later also of the Management Liability.
Jérôme holds a degree in Insurance International Management. He is fluent in French, English and is conversational in Spanish.
Ingo started his career at Houston Casualty Company Global in Barcelona as a Financial Lines Underwriter at the German, Austrian & Swiss and Eastern European Desk. His main responsibilities were the development of the Swiss and Eastern European markets for both commercial and financial institutions accounts.
His insurance product expertise includes all Financial Lines and Cyber for Financial Institutions. Ingo was also part of a specialist team responsible for cross-selling Transaction Risk Insurance, Contingency and K&R in the Northern and Eastern European markets.
Beside heading the Spanish branch, Ingo manages Alta Signa relations with Scandinavian and Eastern European brokers.
Ingo graduated from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, in Economics (MSc) and further holds an LL.M. in Insurance law from University of Hamburg. He is fluent in French, Spanish, (Swiss-)German and English.
Maximilian is a senior insurance manager with more than a decade of experience in Financial Lines Management and Distribution.
Having worked in several management roles at AIG in Germany, Max has managed multinational & cross-border teams across Continental Europe and the UK and gained strong Financial Lines underwriting know-how with a product focus on Directors & Officers and Financial Institutions. He has a proven track record in the growth, complex restructuring and turnaround of insurance portfolios and teams. Max' experience in working alongside large clients, combined with his in-depth knowledge of the German-speaking and Northern European insurance markets, makes him expertly placed to lead Alta Signa operations in these territories.
Max holds a Business & Economics degree from the University of Passau. He is fluent in English and German.
Jeroen has three decades of experience as an Insurance Consultant, Wholesale Broker, Legal Risk Management Consultant and Underwriter in respect of Commercial Lines, Industrial Property, Agriculture, General Liability, Employer’s Liability, Product Liability, Professional Indemnity (Facultative Reinsurance) and Directors & Officers Liability.
Before joining Alta Signa, Jeroen was a self-employed Legal Risk Management Consultant, Subject Matter Expert and Expert Witness Professional Indemnity. Prior to this, from 1992 to 2019, he held underwriting roles at amongst others Liberty Specialty Markets, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and AXA.
Jeroen holds the designation of Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and is an Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS).
Jeroen is fluent in Dutch, English, and German.
Anna's insurance experience began in 2010 in Munich with a large broker pool in product consulting and sales.
Her underwriting career began at Hiscox. There she worked in all Financial Lines including the growing Cyber market. Her focus lay with commercial accounts for Germany and Austria. Later at AIG Germany, Anna specialised in D&O with a focus on the middle market and large accounts. She is, however, also deeply experienced in the management of facilities.
Anna is part of the German-speaking team of Alta Signa and is based in Munich. She speaks fluent German and English.
Thomas’ insurance experience began in 2000 at Munich Re in Munich where he held several positions as Claims Counsel, Casualty Treaty Underwriter and Financial Lines Facultative Underwriter.
Before joining Alta Signa he worked 5 years as Financial Lines Senior Underwriter with AIG Europe S.A., Germany.
With more than 20 years of international insurance experience Thomas holds a deep understanding of the unique needs of international markets.
Thomas is a qualified German lawyer (attorney at law).
He is part of the German and Austrian team of Alta Signa in Munich. He is fluent in German and English.
Marc has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, specialized in all Financial Lines products including Cyber.
In 2003, he started his insurance career at AIG in Paris as a Financial Lines underwriter for Commercial companies. After having worked on both Major Accounts and Middle Market businesses, Marc joined the Axa Group as Team Manager and D&O Chief Underwriting Officer. There, he was also in charge of the technical training for nationwide teams. In 2012, he spent 6 years at Marsh as Commercial Lines Manager in the FINPRO Department.
Based in Brussels since 2018, Marc holds a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law and a Master’s Degree in Art History.
He is native in French and fluent in English.
Wolfgang began his career in the insurance industry as a working student with AIG’s Financial Lines Team in Vienna in 2012.
After the completion of his Master’s degree, Wolfgang joined AIG’s Financial Lines Hub in Munich. During his two years in Munich, Wolfgang covered the Austrian Non-FI market and was responsible for several German DAX companies. His product expertise ended up including D&O, Legal Expense, Crime, EPLI, POSI and PTL.
Prior to joining Alta Signa, Wolfgang was a member of Bank Gutmann’s private markets investment team. He is now part of the German-speaking team headquartered in Munich, however he is based in Vienna.
Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is fluent in German and English.
Paulina embarked on her insurance journey with Marsh FINPRO and Cyber Practice in 2014, where she helped clients navigate the changing risk landscape with state-of-the-art insurance products.
Later, as a Tokio Marine HCC Senior Financial Lines and Cyber Underwriter, Paulina helped to position the company as one of the key primary markets in Central and Eastern Europe. She was also part of TMHCC's Innovation Think Tank Team and Mentoring Program Development Team.
Paulina is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, and she regularly develops internal wellness campaigns to assist colleagues with effective mental and emotional health techniques.
Paulina holds Business Management & Economics degrees from the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw. She is fluent in Polish, English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Nico joined Alta Signa in May 2021 after leaving University in the Netherlands.
He works in underwriting and is in the last stages of training in all of Alta Signa’s Financial Lines products, with a particular emphasis on D&O and Cyber in the Benelux and Italy. He also assists with the company's administration and other internal matters relating to the company’s management and expansion, such as the running and improvement of the company website.
Nico holds three degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University. He is fluent in Italian, Dutch, English and conversational in Spanish.
Together with members of the management team, Nico works from Alta Signa's Brussels headquarters.
Arturo joined Alta Signa in October 2021 after having spent 5 years working in finance. During his time in the sector, Arturo specialised in financial controlling.
Having spent time in, among others, Tokio Marine and Panasonic, Arturo now turns his professional career towards underwriting. As the company's latest addition to the Spanish branch, he is in the advanced stages of being trained in all of Alta Signa’s Financial Lines products.
Arturo holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate degree in Financial Analysis, both completed in Barcelona. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan, as well as conversational in French.
Alexander joined Alta Signa in April 2022 after finishing a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration (BSc) at the University of Bamberg, where he majored in Finance and Accounting. Subsequently, he followed a six-month internship at international auditing firm PwC in Vienna.
Alexander joins Alta Signa as part of the DACH team. Fulfilling the role of assistant underwriter, Alexander will learn about all of Alta Signa's Financial Lines products while supporting his team members in underwriting, broker relations and administration. For the time being, his primary focus on the underwriting side will be D&O insurance.
Alexander is fluent in German, English and Spanish, as well as being conversational in French. He will work from the company's office in Munich, Germany.
Rory is currently the Chief Executive Officer of FTI Consulting’s international insurance practice and has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years.
During this period, he has held a number of senior line management roles and senior consultancy and leadership roles with professional services companies (i.e. RPC Consulting, Towers Watson, EMB, Guardian Holdings, Deloitte, Legal & General and Abbey Life).
As a consultant Rory is specialised in corporate turnarounds, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, efficiency improvement projects, bancassurance developments and management information.
Rory is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Sean started his insurance career in Bermuda, joining Marsh & McLennan in the early 1980s, initially in their captive management operations before setting up Marsh’s specialty broking operation in Dublin, Ireland.
Sean joined Liberty Mutual in 1998, with the responsibility for establishing a new international Specialty Insurance division in Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre with a particular focus on the London and European specialty markets.
In 2011, Sean became the Chief Executive Officer of London based Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Limited (“LMIE”). In the following 10 years LMIE achieved a tenfold profitable growth, including diversity of product and distribution.
Post the merger between LMIE and Liberty’s Lloyd’s Agency, Liberty Syndicates Management, Sean took the role of Chief Underwriting Officer of Commercial and Corporate Insurance, responsible for approximately $1.2 Billion in GWP.
Sean retired in late 2015 to set-up his own insurance consultancy and is currently a Non-Executive Director of New Asurion Europe Ltd and Aspen Risk Management Limited.
He is a graduate of York University with BA Hons in Economics/History.
Bobby joined SiriusPoint in September 2021 with over 25 years’ experience in the (re-)insurance industry. In his current role, Bobby is responsible for SiriusPoint International’s growth and expansion plans, including the development of SiriusPoint’s pipeline of strategic partnerships within the Company’s Insurance & Services segment; further strengthening SiriusPoint‘s capabilities in general corporate strategy; market intelligence, and go-to-market planning and execution in the international space. He currently sits on a number of SiriusPoint related boards as well as Orchid B, which is an Insuretech looking to serve SME’s in Canada.
Previously, Bobby served as Group CEO of Asia Capital Re (ACR) Holdings, where he was also a member of the board. Before ACR, he spent 17 years working at Catlin and eventually XL Catlin Ltd, serving as Underwriting and Distribution Director, Insurance, and prior to that as Chief Underwriting Office, Asia Pacific. He began his insurance career in 1995 at Royal Sun & Alliance as a Graduate Trainee, Marine & Energy.
Richard Wong joined SiriusPoint in August 2021. He is responsible for evaluating and executing of strategic investments, partnerships and other M&A opportunities.
Prior to joining SiriusPoint, Richard was a Director of Corporate Development at American International Group where he led a large number of M&A, strategic partnership and capital markets transactions across the world over his nine year tenure.
Richard began his career as an investment banker, spending over seven years between Perella Weinberg and Merrill Lynch where he specialized in M&A and restructuring transactions spanning a broad set of industries, including general industrials, real estate, healthcare, financial institutions and energy.
Richard has a B.S. in Finance and General Accounting from New York University Stern School of Business.
Samantha joined SiriusPoint in May 2018. She is Head of Pricing and Business Planning in London.
Samantha is a qualified actuary and has been working in the London Insurance Market for the last 13 years.
Prior to joining SiriusPoint, Samantha worked at Catlin, and subsequently XL Catlin, with a primary focus on the pricing and reserving of Casualty risks. During her time at (XL) Catlin, Samantha spent a year based in the Chicago office supporting the US Excess Casualty team.
She started her career as an actuarial consultant at EMB and later Willis Towers Watson.
Shams started his career at SiriusPoint in 2008 as a graduate trainee actuary working across all lines of business (A&H, Contingency, Energy, Marine and Property), focusing primarily on pricing. He qualified as an Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries (UK) in 2012 and had worked across all areas of the organisation assisting in bridging the gap between underwriting, actuarial, risk, finance and operations. In 2017 he was promoted to be the Head of Pricing and Business Planning for the London operation, both Syndicate and Branch, where he was responsible for those functions as well as supporting the Underwriting teams and wider business in various capacities. Shams has been fundamental in the operation of the Syndicate, in his most recent capacity being heavily involved in the re-underwriting together with establishing a performance management framework to improve the Syndicate’s results.
Shams is the Chief Pricing Actuary, currently responsible for leading pricing strategy across the global re/insurance platform, working in partnership with global and regional underwriting teams to establish pricing that aligns to the Company’s risk and profitability thresholds. A key focus in this capacity will be architecting consistent global standards and the deployment of an enabling infrastructure.
Shams holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from King’s College, London. In addition, he holds a post-graduate diploma in Actuarial Science from Bayes Business School (previously Cass Business School) and is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries (UK).